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Valencia 2008: The Grid

Valencia 2008: The Grid

By far the most interesting part of qualifying was the electric pace of the two Scuderia Toro Rossos. To go significantly faster than their parent team, STR have embarrassed Red Bull Racing, who languish in fourteenth and seveneenth. Felipe Massa looks strong for a good race and Lewis Hamilton will be hungry after his Hungarian perofrmance. Heikki Kovalainen and Kimi Raikkonen look set to take up supporting roles, but the Finns cannot be ruled out entirely as Valencia stages it’s first grand prix on the new urban circuit.

The 2008 European Grand Prix Grid

Inclusive of penalties given (none yet).

1 Felipe Massa Ferrari
1m38.989s
Lewis Hamilton McLaren
1m39.199s
2
3 Robert Kubica BMW
1m39.392s
Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari
1m.39.488s
4
5 Heikki Kovalainen McLaren
1m39.937s
Sebastian Vettel Scuderia Toro Rosso
1m40.142s
6
7 Jarno Trulli Toyota
1m40.309s
Nick Heidfeld BMW
1m40.631s
8
9 Nico Rosberg Williams
1m40.721s
Sebastien Bourdais Scuderia Toro Rosso
1m40.750s
10
11 Kazuki Nakajima Williams
1m38.428s
Fernando Alonso Renault
1m38.435s
12
13 Timo Glock Toyota
1m38.499s
Mark Webber Red Bull Racing
1m38.515s
14
15 Nelson Piquet Jr. Renault
1m38.744s
Jenson Button Honda
1m38.880s
16
17 David Coulthard Red Bull Racing
1m39.235s
Giancarlo Fisichella Force India
1m39.268s
18
19 Rubens Barrichello Honda
1m39.811s
Adrian Sutil Force India
1m39.943s
20

Oliver White

3 comments

  • I have to say perhaps one of the most surprising and darn right enjoyable qualifying sessions this season, as the cars laid down more rubber and the circuit got quicker and quicker.

    Back to the topic of the grid. Lewis will have to be very aggressive in turn one to put Massa in to p2. He does have the advantage over Massa in being on the clean side of the circuit, with more grip and thus, a better chance of getting of the line quickly and into lead. No doubt after hungry… Massa will be aggressive too.

    I can’t wait.

  • I haven’t actually seen the track yet – I was at work today and couldn’t watch qualifying. What does T1 actually look like in terms of passing off the grid? And on the note of clean/dirty side, didn’t they change it over? Or have they changed it over so Hamilton is, as you say, now in favour? If that’s the case, Ferrari will be fricking furious. Apologies for sounding off-the-ball, but not seeing qualifying I feel really left out! 🙁

  • The best corner for overtaking appears to be the final turn – maybe the track should have been run the other way round? (OK, the bridge would have presented a problem, but surely not an insurmountable one). I haven’t heard much about Turn 1 with regard to overtaking, so I guess I’ll have to wait on that one.

    The changeover occured before qualifying, so Charlie Whiting didn’t know where anyone was going to be positioned when he made that choice. Time will tell whether he made the right decision.

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