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GP Week : Issue 5
About as straightforward and dominant a Friday, Ferrari could not have had. Massa led Raikkonen in a 1-2 in both morning and afternoon sessions as the team ran through its set-up and tyre comparisons on the dusty track. Saturday did not go as expected. Massa was the favourite for pole but eventually had to settle for second behind the rampant Kubica. Raikkonen meanwhile found himself in fourth, immediately behind his team-mate and both starting from the dirty side of the track. In the race, Ferrari recorded its first 1-2 of the season as Felipe Massa put his demons to rest with a mature display. He took the lead at the start and never looked back to record the 100th Grand Prix win of Luca di Montezemolo’s reign as President of Ferrari. Raikkonen was happy with second after a tough weekend and, despite BMW leading the constructors’ championship, Ferrari will be well aware that it is now quite certainly the team to beat. Team-By-Team: Bahrain SCUDERIA FERRARI MARLBORO 1 2 BMW SAUBER F1 3 4 There was no bravado in BMW’s comments on Friday. There didn’t need to be. Seventh and fifth for Kubica compared to 14th and 17th for Heidfeld and there seemed little need for jubilation. The team maintained a softly spoken confidence however, and on Saturday its reason became clear. While Heidfeld took what, in the circumstances, turned out to be a disappointed sixth, Kubica thoroughly nailed his BMW into his and the team’s first ever pole position. Kubica was passed at the start by the flying Massa, and soon after saw Raikkonen scream by. Heidfeld meanwhile made up two places from sixth to sit fourth, and thereafter the duo settled into a rhythm behind the Ferraris and were never really troubled by the McLaren of Kovalainen. Third and fourth at the flag was enough to put the team into the lead of the Constructors Championship for the first time in its history. Some weekend for the boys at BMW. 32