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GP Week : Issue 43
Team-By-Team:Bahrain Gran The weekend got off to the best start on Friday with Lewis Hamilton topping the time sheets in first practice. With the team still evaluating its new front wings, there was a marked drop off in comparative performance in the afternoon session, but the team remained hopeful that it had turned a corner. Qualifying was disappointing for Kovalainen who could only muster 11th, Ferrari President Luca di Montezemolo turned up in Bahrain, a kick up the backside if ever one was needed for the Scuderia, and it seemed to work. Points were the aim for the weekend as the team fought to avert its worst ever start to an F1 season. Come qualifying, Ferrari managed to get both cars into the top 10, which in itself was a great achievement. Both were What a turnaround for BMW. Last season they were the toast of the paddock as Robert Kubica took his first pole position for the team. This year, they finished plum last in the race. It had all started so well, too. Second and third in first practice, reality hit home that afternoon as they slumped to 17th and 20th. Neither driver made it into Q3, with Kubica just edging Heidfeld in 13th and The new diffuser that had made its debut in China one week before on Fernando Alonso’s car was made available for Nelson Piquet as well in Bahrain and it seemed to make a marked difference to the Brazilian’s competitiveness. As is becoming the case, he looked on par with Alonso throughout practice, often holding the upper hand, but he allowed it all to fall apart with a silly It’s a sign of just how competitive Toyota has become that another podium was viewed as a disappointment for Toyota. Trulli and Glock were outstanding all weekend in Bahrain, and there is a genuine feeling in the paddock that the team’s first victory cannot be far away. After an up and down practice, qualifying saw the team lock out its first ever 1-2 on the grid with Trulli the quicker of the two 32 but Hamilton managed to put his McLaren fifth on the grid. Starting on the harder compound, Kovalainen’s race chances were shot before the first pitstop and he finished 12th. Hamilton made up one position on his starting spot after a great race to finish a delighted fourth. An overall improvement, but still much work to do. running heavy and Massa took eighth while Raikkonen would start 10th. At the first corner, the duo made contact effectively ruining Massa’s race as the Brazilian was forced to make an early stop for repairs. Raikkonen ploughed on, and scrapped with Glock for sixth. His KERS helped enormously and the Finn duly recorded the team’s first points of 2009. 14th respectively. Come the race, damage picked up on the opening lap saw both drivers make early pitstops for repairs and from there on it was a lost cause. 18th and 19th in the race, there was little to celebrate. BMW did host the media for a wonderful dinner on Saturday night, so even if their cars aren’t quite up to scratch right now, their hospitality remains impeccable. mistake in qualifying. He would line up 15th, while Alonso took seventh. In the race, a faulty drinks bottle meant the Spaniard fought without liquids for the whole race to finish a fine, but dehydrated and utterly exhausted eighth. Piquet put in his best race of the season to finish just 12s down the road from his team-mate in 10th. drivers despite the heavier fuel load. In the race it was Glock who had the honour of leading the opening gambit, but both he and Trulli were let down by a tyre strategy at odds with their rivals. In the end, Trulli’s later stop allowed him to hold onto a podium, while Glock fell back to seventh. A disappointing day then for Toyota, but one feels their day will come very soon.