Felipe Massa pips Lewis Hamilton to pole (2008 European Grand Prix qualifying)

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Felipe Massa took pole position for the first ever European Grand Prix in Valencia. He will rejoin his battle with Lewis Hamilton from the Hungarian Grand Prix as the McLaren driver took second place on the grid. Robert Kubica will start from third place ahead of Kimi Raikkonen. But the star of the session was … Continue reading Felipe Massa pips Lewis Hamilton to pole (2008 European Grand Prix qualifying)

Lewis Hamilton heads McLaren one-two (2008 Hungarian Grand Prix qualifying)

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Lewis Hamilton will start the Hungarian Grand Prix from pole position for the second year in a row. McLaren banished memories of their disastrous performance at the same track last year by claiming the one-two they missed out on twelve months ago. Ferrari struggled to match McLaren’s pace and though Felipe Massa took third Kimi … Continue reading Lewis Hamilton heads McLaren one-two (2008 Hungarian Grand Prix qualifying)

2008 French GP qualifying: Raikkonen storms to Ferrari’s 200th pole position

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Ferrari were in crushing form at Magny-Cours and annexed the front row of the grid with little difficulty, Kimi Raikkonen leading Felipe Massa. It was Ferrari’s 200th pole position at a circuit where they’ve enjoyed great success in recent years. Lewis Hamilton, in what is expected to be a lightly-fuelled McLaren, was unable to beat … Continue reading 2008 French GP qualifying: Raikkonen storms to Ferrari’s 200th pole position

2008 Canadian GP qualifying: Hamilton takes pole as track starts to crumble

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Lewis Hamilton put his McLaren on pole position for the Canadian Grand Prix but there are concerns about tomorrow’s race due to the state of the Circuit Villeneuve track. The session was hardly a few minutes old when it became clear that the track was disintegrating particularly at the Casino hairpin. It may jeopardise the … Continue reading 2008 Canadian GP qualifying: Hamilton takes pole as track starts to crumble

2008 Monaco GP qualifying: Ferrari shock McLaren with front row lock-out

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A front-row lockout by Felipe Massa and Kimi Raikkonen gave Ferrari their best chance of breaking their six-year losing streak at Monaco. The red team seemed just as surprised to be on the front row of the grid as Lewis Hamilton did at being bumped back to third. A mere 0.052s covered the top three … Continue reading 2008 Monaco GP qualifying: Ferrari shock McLaren with front row lock-out

2008 Turkish Grand Prix qualifying: Hat-trick of poles for Felipe Massa

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Felipe Massa’s love affair with the Istanbul Park circuit goes on. He took his third pole position in a row at the circuit where he scored his first in 2006. It leaves him perfectly poised to turn the trick again in the race tomorrow. Joining him on the front row is McLaren’s Heikki Kovalainen. He … Continue reading 2008 Turkish Grand Prix qualifying: Hat-trick of poles for Felipe Massa

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2008 Bahrain Grand Prix qualifying

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Robert Kubica took his and BMW’s first pole position in a surprisingly close qualifying session at Bahrain. The Ferraris had looked imperious in practice but Kubica’s BMW – possible thanks to a low fuel load – nicked pole position in the dying minutes of the qualifying session. Lewis Hamilton grabbed third for McLaren ahead of … Continue reading Insert Pole-on-pole joke here

Brazilian GP 2007 qualifying: Massa leads Hamilton

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Felipe Massa beat all the title contenders to take pole position for his home Grand Prix. Championship leader Lewis Hamilton joins him on the front of the grid and each will have their respective team mates directly behind them at the start of tomorrow’s title decider. Mark Webber lines up an impressive fifth, behind Kimi … Continue reading Brazilian GP 2007 qualifying: Massa leads Hamilton

Chinese GP 2007 qualifying: Hamilton edges Raikkonen

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Lewis Hamilton took pole position for tomorrow’s Chinese Grand Prix with an excellent lap to beat the Ferraris as he bids to become the sport’s first rookie world champion. It had been Kimi Raikkonen’s weekend so far at Shanghai until the Briton snatched pole position from the Finn by a tenth of a second. Massa … Continue reading Chinese GP 2007 qualifying: Hamilton edges Raikkonen

Japanese GP 2007 qualifying: Hamilton scores vital pole

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Lewis Hamilton scored the fifth and surely most important pole position of his short F1 career as he bids to become the sport’s first rookie champion. The four championship contenders will line up in the top four positions with both McLarens leading the way into tomorrow’s Japanese Grand Prix. A wet session saw a couple … Continue reading Japanese GP 2007 qualifying: Hamilton scores vital pole

Belgian GP 2007 qualifying: Ferrari front row

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Ferrari locked out the front row of the grid for the Belgian Grand Prix as they launch their final attempts to wrest the drivers’ championship from McLaren. Kimi Raikkonen edged his team mate Felipe Massa by a few hundredths of a second. Fernando Alonso bounced back from a spin to take third ahead of team … Continue reading Belgian GP 2007 qualifying: Ferrari front row

Italian GP 2007 qualifying: McLaren lockout

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Fernando Alonso took revenge for the pain of his 2006 Italian Grand Prix. He dominated qualifying for the race and seized pole position. Team mate Lewis Hamilton will join him on the front row of the grid as the McLaren pair delivered a stringing blow to Ferrari at the Scuderia’s home track. Felipe Massa fell … Continue reading Italian GP 2007 qualifying: McLaren lockout

Turkish GP 2007 qualifying: Massa back at the front

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Felipe Massa will start the Turkish Grand Prix from pole position for the second year in a row after an exciting and (thankfully) controversy-free qualifying session. Tomorrow offers the prospect of another battle between the Brazilian and Lewis Hamilton, who share the front row of the grid after a late surge from the Briton. Kimi … Continue reading Turkish GP 2007 qualifying: Massa back at the front

Alonso’s tainted triumph

2007 Hungarian Grand Prix qualifying review

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As if McLaren didn’t have enough problems off the track – now one of their drivers has employed some extraordinarily unsavoury tactics against the other. Fernando Alonso deliberately delayed Lewis Hamilton in the pit box to prevent his team mate from setting his final lap. The Spaniard then took pole position off his team mate. … Continue reading Alonso’s tainted triumph

European Grand Prix 2007 qualifying: Raikkonen on pole

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Qualifying for the European Grand Prix was interrupted by a major crash in the third session when Lewis Hamilton hit the barriers at the Schumacher S. Once action resumed it was Kimi Raikkonen who took pole for Ferrari after a mistake by Fernando Alonso confined him to second. Felipe Massa took sixth and Hamilton fell … Continue reading European Grand Prix 2007 qualifying: Raikkonen on pole

French Grand Prix 2007 qualifying: Massa back on top

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Ferrari bounced back in France with Felipe Massa breaking McLaren’s run of pole positions. The Brazilian will have the chance to resume his battle with Lewis Hamilton from earlier in the season as the Briton joins him on the front row. But Fernando Alonso’s hopes of responding to Hamilton’s recent victories were thwarted by gearbox … Continue reading French Grand Prix 2007 qualifying: Massa back on top

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