April 27, 2008


Filed under: F1,FINLAND,PLEASURES — by noracassandra @ 1:44 pm

Length of the circuit: 4.655 km – the number of laps: 66 – with a race distance: 307.104 km and the lap record: 1:22.680 – Felipe Massa (in 2007)

First pole position for Kimi Räikkönen this year… and first time this year for Alonso to be in the top three to start!

From first lap yellow flag and the safety car were both slowing down the drivers as the result of Vettel and Sutil’s colliding… and both were out from the race.

Lap3; safety car went in… Räikkönen, Massa, Alonso, Hamilton, Kubica were the first 5 leading the race!

Lap 5; showed Piquet and his off going into the gravel, and to rejoin as 18th place. I also saw Michael Schumacher in the Ferrari control station.

Lap8; Piquet off the track again but this time he stops.

Lap 10; and all I see in Kimi Räikkönen flying in the front and increasing the gap between him and the other pilots. And just to make a new fastest lap record with 1:22.508.

Lap 13; amazing show from Räikkönen just to break the lap record once again with 1:22.178.

Lap 14; we see Hamilton trying to push to get the 3rd position from his former team mate Alonso.

Lap 15; Kimi Räikkönen finishes it with 1:21.971. And keeps me with huge smile! 😀

Lap 17; Alonso pits from 3rd position, meaning he was with a light tank and that shows the reason of his 2nd position in the qualification! He gets out with full tank that should keep him going for at least 30laps… the surprise for me was the choice of soft tyres as I think it’s a risk taken for the 30 laps strategy. And on the other side was Räikkönen breaking the lap record again with 1:21.827.

Lap 20; Massa pits from 2nd position and Räikkönen pits from first potion right after him.

Lap 22; the young Finn; Kovalainen has a horrible accident on the turn 9… I can’t understand what was going on as they talk in Greek, and all I can do is worry and almost cry! He flow in over 200km/h speed from the turn to the tyre barrier and got under… I couldn’t see and it wasn’t clear what was happening!

Lap 26; with safety car still out, Barrichello driving with his front nose hanging off his Honda.

Lap 27; I was able to relax and concentrate on the race again as I saw Kovalainen carried up and showed his thumb-up to the crowd. And replay showed how his front left tyre broke and lost control on the turn!

Lap 28; safety car was in…

Lap 31; Heidfeld gets a stop/go penalty for going in the pit when pit line was closed earlier under the safety car.

Lap 32; Trulli and Rosberg fighting for 8th position. And reports are coming in saying that Kovalainen is stable..

Lap 34; Heidfeld pits to take his penalty.

Lap 35; we saw Alonso’s car stopping and flames coming out of the rear of the car. He gets out disappointed and climb to give his fans some hand shakes and gets back to be taken to his station.

Lap 40; I see Hamilton pushing hard to get a faster sector than Räikkönen…

Lap 42; Rosberg gets a smoking car and stops from 7th position and as he stops right on the other side of the wall from the pit, he just climbs the wall and walk to his station.

Lap 46; Räikkönen once again breaks the lap record with 1:21.670.

Lap 47; Massa pits from 2nd position and takes harder tyres. And Räikkönen pits right after him… coming out, Räikkönen 1st, Massa 2nd and Hamilton after them in 3rd.

Lap 48; news comes about Kovalainen is taken to the Barcelona hospital with a yellow helicopter ‘I just liked the colour’…. For more check ups.

Lap 49; 9 pilots are out, but the battles still continues on the circuit…

Lap 52; Nakajima and Glock pit.

Lap 54; Glock pits to change the nose and Coulthard gets his rear left tyre punctured…

Lap 61; even though the race is almost over still we see Coulthard and Sato fighting for the 12th position.

Lap 63; Sato makes it and passes Coulthard.

Last lap; ends with Räikkönen in 1st position followed by Massa in 2nd, Hamilton is 3rd, Kubica in 4th and Webber in 5th.


April 6, 2008


Filed under: CYPRUS,F1,PLEASURES — by noracassandra @ 1:13 pm

Circuit length: 5.412 km and the race distance: 308.238 km will be taken by 57 laps… The lap record holder is: M Schumacher at 1:30.252 in 2004.

After the surprising pole position was taken by Robert Kubica in BMW Sauber… first ever pole position for both the driver and the team… so here I was waiting for the excitement of the race… I still wish I was there… I would love to visit Bahrain and see the F1 there some year soon!

Lap1; As soon as we saw the take off we saw how… Massa takes Kubica over, Hamilton takes Räikkönen and Hamilton over, but not far and Räikkönen took him over and we had Massa at first position, Kubica in second and Räikkönen in third… and Hamilton hits Alonso from the back and ends up need to pit to fix what broke in his car…

Lap 2; Räikkönen takes Kubica over and gets third position.

Lap 7; Räikkönen takes the fastest lap from Kubica… but Kubica kept a very tight distance from the Finn!

Lap 10; race was going great, Nakajima has taken over Sato 2 laps earlier, and force India was showing hope for this race.

Lap 11; Piquet takes over Bourdais and Trulli and Rosberg fighting for position 6.

Lap 18; Kubica pits showing how light he have been the qualification! Rosberg pits too and piquet follows… while Räikkönen gets another fastest lap.

Lap 19; button and Coulthard collide and button looses his front wing. Then heads to pit for repairs.

Lap 20; Kimi pits… which came as a surprise as he seemed very heavy for me!

Lap 22; Massa pits and comes out to take back first position.

Lap 24; Hamilton takes Sato over and get position 15.

Lap 25; the Ferrari leading in first and second and BMW Sauber is in third and forth.

Lap 27; button is out.

Lap 32; Hamilton has passed Fisichella at last in the past lap and Räikkönen gets back again the fastest lap.

Lap 33; Nakajima pits at last as he is using the one-stop strategy…

Lap 34; Räikkönen lapped Hamilton and I heard the cementer’s joke saying, Hamilton gave the way to Räikkönen as he knew they were not racing at the same race… I know it’s hard, but I wasn’t feeling bad.

Lap 39; Räikkönen pits for his second and last time, when his team mate sets a new fastest lap. And Räikkönen comes out in 4th position. And Massa pits right after him.

Lap 41; Kubica pts from first position.

Lap 45; Heidfeld pits from 1st position.

Lap 48; Kovalainen pits after he has been trying to get as close as possible to the other Finn.

Lap 49; Heidfeld takes the fastest lap, just to lose it for Kovalainen.

Lap 51; seemed the battle between Alonso and Barrichello over the 10th position to be the last fight on the track for today.

Last lap; First ever win for Massa without having the pole position… he did an amazing job! While Räikkönen ends up second but as a result climbs up the drivers’ championship and takes the lead. And as the expected BMW Sauber move to the top of the team standing.

There were only three retirements today; Piquet, Button and Vettel. Good race… enjoyed it! 🙂

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