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GP Week : Issue 5
Hamilton led Kovalainen in a 4-5 on Friday morning, with the positions switching as the duo lined up 3-4 in the afternoon … and that despite Hamilton’s big off at the end of the session, a sign, if one was needed, that the Brit was pushing. But for Hamilton’s accident, the team had enjoyed a productive day, but Kovalainen seemed by far the more relaxed of the drivers. Saturday and qualifying saw Hamilton and Kovalainen make it through to Q3, but neither could match the pace of either Kubica or Massa. Hamilton took third with Kovalainen fifth, both at least thankful for the clean side of the track. The race start was a shocker for Hamilton, as he bogged down and the anti-stall kicked in. As he tried to make places up he slammed into the back of Alonso and damaged his car. He toiled around and finished an annoyed 13th. Kovalainen meanwhile had a tough race, flatspotting his first set of tyres and losing time as a consequence. That fifth was the maximum he was expecting from the day speaks volumes about the job ahead of McLaren before Spain. With Super Aguri stuck in the final positions all weekend, Force India levelled out with consistent pace between 20th and 17th positions on Friday although both missed out on a shot at setting quick laps on new tyres on Friday afternoon. Fisichella did however manage to take the VJM01 to 12th on Saturday morning. While the team was hoping for its first trip into Q2, it nevertheless had to be happy with 20th for Sutil and 18th for a hugely disappointed Fisichella who, for the second time in two races, saw Q2 slip away by mere hundredths of a second. Sutil had an unlucky race and after making a good start lost his front wing at the first corner. A radio problem saw him pit too early for his second stop, but a race finish was reason to smile. Fisichella meanwhile took his car to 12th in a race in which he battled hard and punched above the expected weight of the car, finishing as the most improved driver of the race, six places above his grid position. SUPER AGURI F1 18 19 FORCE INDIA F1 TEAM 20 21 VODAFONE McLAREN MERCEDES 22 23 With the team’s sale to Magma still not confirmed, limited running on Friday morning was to be expected as Davidson continued his Malaysian form to sit ahead of Sato, albeit in the final positions. They swapped places in the afternoon, running a more comprehensive programme although neither driver was happy with handling. Saturday saw more of the same for the team. Sato caught too much curb on his exit of the final corner in first qualifying, and as his car slammed into the barriers the red flags came out and Taku’s session was over. Davidson ran Sutil’s Force India close, but ultimately had to settle for 21st. The team worked like troopers to repair Sato’s car in time for the race, and their sweat was repaid with a second two-car finish in a row. Once again Davidson finished ahead of Sato as the duo took 16th and 17th positions respectively. With the sale of the team close to confirmation, all will look towards Barcelona as a new start with new funds. F1 bahrain >> 35