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GP Week : 29-Apr-2008
Day 1 saw Kimi Raikkonen top both practice sessions, declaring himself pleased with the first day of running in an F2008 which had looked so strong, with its new nose hole, in the previous week’s test. Team-mate Massa was second and fifth in the two sessions, complaining of traffic in the afternoon, but happy overall. Saturday saw Raikkonen cement his position at the top of the times, with a fantastic pole position, taken on his final lap of the afternoon. Massa wound up third after failing to make the most of his tyres in the final sector. The Brazilian made a great start, however, and as the cars rounded the first corner the Scuderia ran in tandem with Raikkonen leading Massa. That was how it ended, as Ferrari didn’t put a wheel wrong. While the winning margin was nowhere near as great as had been anticipated, it was the team’s second 1-2 in succession and placed them and Raikkonen firmly at the head of both championships. Team-By-Team: Barcelona SCUDERIA FERRARI MARLBORO 1 2 BMW SAUBER F1 TEAM 3 4 Robert Kubica was the faster of the BMW’s in both Friday sessions, and was happy to be so having concentrated on 2009 tyre testing at the previous week’s test. Fourth in the morning was justification for a little bit of contentment on his part. Heidfeld shaded his team-mate on the time sheets complaining that the car set-up was not yet perfect. Saturday began in highly promising fashion as Heidfeld topped third practice with Kubica third, but come qualifying their roles were reversed, and their positions somewhat lower. Kubica settled for fourth, while Heidfeld was gutted with ninth. The German made a good start and found himself in fifth position before the safety car came out and ruined his afternoon. He was forced to stop while the pit-lane was closed and was handed a stop-go penalty, ruining his afternoon and leaving him ninth. Kubica, meanwhile, fared far better and raced hard to finish fourth, narrowly behind Hamilton and a podium place, and just five seconds behind Raikkonen. 28