Reigning Champion Kimi Raikkonen showed what stuff champions are made of when he banged in an awesome lap at the last possible minute to snatch away the Pole Position from local-lad Fernando Alonso.The Renault looked unlikely for even a top-six position just a few weeks ago, but Alonso put in a helluva lap of 1:21.9 to be on P1 and with the Ferrari of Felipe Massa, both the McLarens and both the BMW’s already having finished their flying laps, it was left to Kimi to usurp the time and he did just that by bringing around his Ferrari in 1:21.8 – a tenth of a second faster than Alonso – and clinch pole position. Teammate Massa would start in P3 with BMW’s Robert Kubica alongside him. Both the McLarens will start on row 3 with Hamilton on P5 and Kovalainen on P6. Nick Heidfeld was pretty unlucky to be on P9 with both Trulli and Webber ahead of him. Nelson Piquet’s Renault took up P10 spot.
I couldn’t watch the Qualifying on the TV due to the monopolistic rules of my cable op (&^%#$@%#%*!*@) but where there’s a will, there’s a way and I listened to the telecast on the web (hush!). Q1 saw both the Super Aguri and both the Force India cars drop out alongwith the Toro Rosso of Sebastian Vettel and the Red Bull of David Coulthard. Q2 accounted for both the Williams and both the Hondas and the Toro Rosso of Sebastian Bourdais and the Toyota of Timo Glock. The Ferraris were fastest in both the sessions – with Kimi leading Q1 and Massa in Q2. Renault looked pretty sharp and seems the aerodynamic modifications have worked well. McLaren were still struggling to match the pace of the Scarlet cars but they may find solace in the fact that they were slightly ahead of BMW! The race tomorrow will be an interesting affair. Pole-sitters have won the race for all of the previous seven races and so it seems rosy for Kimi. But with Alonso on P2, one can never say!