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GP Week : Issue 18
A tricky first day at the office for Ferrari. The morning session was disrupted by Felipe Massa’s big shunt at Stowe, the result of oil left on Hangar Straight by the terminal engine of Fernando Alonso. The team worked well to rebuild it for the afternoon, and while he and team-mate Kimi Raikkonen had no further issues, neither was overly happy with their set-up. Saturday, too, was something of a disappointment. Raikkonen was able to take third on the grid, but Massa had a disastrous qualifying as a stuck right rear wheelnut delayed his progress and left him unable to complete a second run. He would line up in ninth position. The race was one to consign to the history books. Massa was a mess and spent more time spinning than he did racing. He finished 13th … two laps behind Hamilton. Team-mate Raikkonen was looking good for a battle with Hamilton until the team made a bad choice on tyres and left the Finn struggling for grip. Lessons to be learned but a tie for the championship lead is some consolation. SCUDERIA FERRARI MARLBORO 1 2 BMW SAUBER F1 3 4 An odd first day at the office for BMW. Heidfeld was pretty miffed with a pair of 13th places in practice, while Kubica could only muster 11th in the afternoon. The stronger winds were playing havoc with Heidfeld’s set-up and confidence, but Kubica figured Friday would be a waste of time anyway as he was expecting rain. The showers didn’t arrive for qualifying, but the team wound up with a contrasting result. Although Heidfeld took fifth spot, the team was concerned over Kubica who failed to set a time in Q3 with a technical glitch at the rear of his car. He started 10th, out-qualified by his team-mate for the first time in 2008. The race itself saw the weekend turn even more in Heidfeld’s favour. A measured and assured drive to second was rich reward for the German, his third runner-up placing of the season. Kubica on the other hand had a tough start and fought well until the heavy rain. After a number of smaller errors, one big spin left him in the gravel and out of the race. 34