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GP Week : Issue 3
30 After the difficulties of Melbourne, the Malaysian weekend started off brightly for Ferrari. Massa led Raikkonen in a 1-2 in first practice with the duo holding formation but slipping a spot to sit 2-3 in the second session. The only slight glitch for the day saw Raikkonen run out of fuel in the morning. Saturday, too, started well with the duo again taking 2-3, this time with Raikkonen ahead. When it came to qualifying though, it was Massa’s time to shine and he duly took pole position almost half a second ahead of his team-mate. The Brazilian led the opening part of the race, eventually losing out to a rampant Raikkonen at the first pitstops. With the Finn pulling out a relatively easy lead, Massa made an error and spun off into retirement while in a fairly safe second place. There was no such mistake from the World Champion, however, and Raikkonen took the remainder of the afternoon easy to record his first win of the season. Team-By-Team: Malaysia SCUDERIA FERRARI MARLBORO 1 2 BMW SAUBER F1 3 4 After their podium delight in Australia, Friday saw the BMWs in the lower positions they had occupied at the same point seven days previous. Kubica was the faster of the duo, setting the eighth fastest time in both sessions despite gearbox issues, while Heidfeld had a trouble free run to 11th and 13th. On Saturday the German was fastest in final practice while Kubica could only muster 17th. Qualifying was a different matter. With a few tenths separating the best of the rest after Ferrari, Kubica set the sixth-fastest lap, with Heidfeld fuming that he’d been blocked by the McLarens on his fastest tour, leaving him seventh. The subsequent McLaren penalties put them fourth and fifth on the grid. The race itself saw BMW record their first ever back-to- back podiums and record their highest ever points haul of 11. This time it was to be Kubica’s moment of glory on the podium as he came home in second position, with Heidfeld disappointed to be sixth … a sign of how high expectations have become at the team.