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GP Week : Issue 16
Ferrari started off its weekend with three hours of hard graft on Friday. With Massa posting the fastest time in the morning and Raikkonen the fourth, the duo were second and third in the afternoon. That they were the class of the field was in little doubt, and with 500km of data accumulated over the day, there was much to reflect upon. Come qualifying, the pair were unstoppable. An all-red front row and Ferrari’s 200th pole position courtesy of Kimi Raikkonen sent an ominous warning out to their rivals. Sunday’s race was a tour de force for Ferrari, but Raikkonen’s seemingly easy win was denied by a problem with his exhaust. That left Massa happy, willing and able to take the lead and the win at Magny-Cours, setting himself up as the new championship leader in the process. Ferrari now looks towards Silverstone where Kimi Raikkonen recorded a brilliant win in 2007. Given the team’s pace in France, the prospects of another Ferrari victory in two weeks’ time look good. Team-By-Team: France SCUDERIA FERRARI MARLBORO 1 2 BMW SAUBER F1 3 4 After the highs of Canada, BMW knew it had a lot of work on its hands if it was to come even close to repeating the highs of two weeks previous. Technical problems in the second practice session curtailed some of Kubica’s running, but he wound up fifth and sixth for the day. Nick Heidfeld continued to drive in the wake of his team-mate, setting the ninth and eight best laps of the day. Qualifying was a bump back to earth for the team. Kubica took seventh but complained of poor grip, while Heidfeld took 12th but was promoted a place by Hamilton’s penalty. Heidfeld lost two positions at the start of the race and never found the pace to grab them back. A paltry 13th was the best the German could muster. Kubica however finished fifth, just two seconds from the podium. Given the struggles the team had faced all weekend, he was just happy with the points. That said, both he, Heidfeld, and the team will be hoping for a return to form in Silverstone. 30