June 9, 2008


Filed under: F1,PLEASURES — by noracassandra @ 10:21 pm

So writing this bit late! Most have seen it and know the results… I am writing thins while watching the repeat of the race!!! The sad part I have no live timing comment to help me understand everything happening as the commentary from the recorded race is all in Greek! 😦

So this race was in Canada! Number of laps of this race 70, the circuit length 4.361km, race distance is 305.270km… and the lap record is held by Barrichello from 2004!!

I started watching the race and the first 10 laps thinking it will be boring action free race… until Sutil had the smoke coming out of the left front side of his car and had to retire… as the flames came out of his car the safety car joined the race… slowed things down… I saw Button going to the pit and knew the pit lane was not open yet so I knew there was a penalty coming there just to hear from the race Team radio about he will be getting a penalty!

Then it was the 18th lap when the pit lane opened and suddenly beautiful view of everyone getting to the pit… there was Räikkönen, Kubica, Hamilton, Rosberg and few more… the shock come right at the time when it’s time to get out! As Räikkönen and Kubica beat Hamilton’s team work speed and well the location of the McLaren didn’t help him much in the pit either! So Hamilton got nervous lost concentration as all he thought of is the two guys beating him back to the race… so as he speeds to get out he didn’t even notice that the lights were red so Räikkönen and Kubica were waiting to be allowed to get out of the pit lane… Hamilton’s miscalculations and mental stage got him hit Räikkönen and as a result both cars were straight out of the race… sadly for me to see Räikkönen is out because of Hamilton! But the strange part for me was Kimi tapping on Hamilton’s shoulder and telling him the lights were red quite calmly as I knew if this has happened 5 years ago he would be shouting and out of his brains for the same situation!

So Rosberg had to get in the pit the next to get the nose he lost as he hit Hamilton in the clash and lost his nose…

As the best two drivers were out the race was ready for anything… not knowing what could happen was so exciting!!!

It was sad to see Piquet spin off… as he was given few more races to prove himself and if he doesn’t he’ll be replaced! But he joined the race with my prayers for him to do better!

Heidfeld pits close to the 30th lap and comes out right between Kubica and Alonso… as I call it the sandwich! So the sandwich was tight as those 3 will be fighting hard!

Watching seemed Massa was suffering, and getting few clear mistakes out there… but as he is he, he just continues strong!

By the time it was 38th lap I was thinking Kubica will have this one! And it might be his first ever win! I would like to see Kubica with a Ferrari or McLaren’s car…

Massa kept taking over other pilots which made me feel quite happy! But wasn’t sure if he could get himself in the point position…

29 laps left when I was watching the fight between Alonsos trying to take Heidfeld over and Heidfeld fight so keep his position… it was really beautiful fight… sadly right after I see Piquet out of the race… I really wish that young boy better luck in the next few races!

26 laps to go and all I see was Alonso fighting hard and suddenly loosing control and was out of the race!!! Sad as he had the chance of standing with the first three… seems he has no luck this year!

Kubica was flying… he was clearly the leader of this race… just hoping he will be the one… but was too early to be happy for him!

Massa climbed to 6th position! That was all what I was thinking of when I see Nakajima crashing in the pit as he lost his nose and got it stuck under his front tyres…

22 laps to go and I see Kubica pitting from the lead making a 7.5s stop… to come out just to claim his lead back… at this point I was sure if everything goes right, Kubica will stand as first on the podium and that was in my opinion as a great thing for the talented pilot!

20 laps to go when I was Massa taking over Barrichello and Kovalainen in one beautiful over taking!!!

18 laps to go and another car was out… Fisichella seems to have lost control and was out! And Massa got me nervous when he went to pit and I was not so sure if it was green light to pit! But seems he’s clear!

Less than 10 laps to go and all my eyes and brain were saying Kubica will be the winner! And seeing Massa taking over Barrichello got me back to the race! Now he had a chance of taking over Trulli for 5th position!

6 laps to go and I see Kovalainen having hard time… if he keeps it that way not him nor McLaren will be walking out this race with any points.

Seems BMW Sauber will be passing McLaren with points if the race ends up this way…

3 laps to go and Massa did pass Trulli and trying hard to pass the other Toyota with Glock… but don’t know if he has the time! But one thing for sure… he will be on top of Räikkönen in the point list!

Last lap and the first Polish man crosses the finish line as first and climbs up the point list to take over Hamilton by 4 points…

Amazing race… nothing as I expected… yes disappointed as my ice man lost for a fault which wasn’t his… but glad to see a good surprising race! And as I see Kubica is a true winner… glad he did win! He truly disserved it! If a man looses 7kgs to make his car lighter to help him win… this man deserve to win!!

So Kubica finished first, Heidfeld second and Coulthard in third!

Oh I just remembered Kubica’s situation last year on this track!!! I’m so happy it was different this year!



  1. yes it was very exciting race,…!!!
    i might add, that both toyota and ferrari are known to have very economic engines this year, adding to that ferrari does not suffer from highs and lows of the circuit which give it more stability than any other team(due to decreasing anfle of tyer arm), this lead to the fact that mclaren made hamilton lighter in fuel to coupe with the leading teams specially after manager symore (renault) saying he will be competing with mclaren in canada, and we could brove that by looking at the position of kovelienen in the race.
    now at the lap 18, it was more desastres to ferrari and BMW, becouse they were havier, and lap 18 was not expected to have a safety car on the circuit, so they all had to go in and refuel and changing tyers, and this point is not that clear to me!!!!
    if we consider that mclaren is the third shop in the pitlane, and BMW before the last, and ferrari is the last one, this mean hamilton will go first and followed by kubica and then kimme , but what happened is that BMW was the best to get kubica out first, a less than second later kimme was out, and hamilton had ALL THE RUNWAY AREA(180 metres away) TO SEE THE GUYS INFRONT AND TO STOP BUT HE DIDN’T “OR FORCED NOT TO STOP BY THE TEAM” due to the fact that both gonna have more fuel than him, becouse both have more in the first place and the gap he created, just disapeare by the safety car, and the sharpness of BMW,ferrari teams to get thier drivers out!!!
    now i was happy for kubitca and hiedfeld to gain a win in 2008, and rais thier stake in the championchip.
    and i was sad becouse alonso again prove he is a class of his own,….!
    my hero (kimme) said he tasted what he gave suitel in the last race, the different was my accident happened while driving 200m/hr and hamilton did it while we are at 0 m/hr!!!

    Comment by Mohammed Alficke — June 10, 2008 @ 9:17 am |Reply

  2. i thought of clarifying what it means that ferrai is more stable and have economic engine
    the suspension geometry gives a very low roll centre that allows the use of reduced camber angles This not only increases the tyre’s contact patch with the tarmac, but also allows the car to be more stable and had less fuel to burn in the long run, it is more like the massdamping in renault few years back, but the different that massdamping was in the front of the car, and this in the arm &tyre!
    toyota are benchmarking ferrai in engine and chassi, it is almost the same car, and both yarno trulli and timo glock didn’t refill till the lap40!
    one of redbull team uses ferrari engine and also they pit very very late!!!!!


    Comment by Mohammed Alficke — June 10, 2008 @ 9:35 am |Reply

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