The German Grand Prix (now that the European GP’s moved to Valencia) has alternated to Hockenheim this year and McLaren and Lewis Hamilton have thrown down the gauntlet for the second half of the F1 season by grabbing pole position at the Grosser Preis Von Deutschland. The second McLaren of Heikki Kovalainen is in 3rd place with Felipe Massa’s on P2 in the best of the Ferraris. Kimi Raikkonen had a miserable qualifying and P6 is the best he could manage. Jarno Trulli of Toyota and Fernando Alonso of Renault line up ahead of him in P4 & P5. BMW’s Robert Kubica, Bed Bull teammates Mark Webber and David Coulthard – with Toro Rosso’s Sebastian Vettel in between them – complete the top 10.
Owing to the dastardly plan of my CableOp of race-day-telecast-only, I missed the Qualifying session but did catch the highlights on the Web 😛 . Massa looked to have P1 wrapped up after he bettered Kovalainen’s spirited but flawed run with a lap of 1:15.8 secs but Hamilton swooped down at the last possible instant to clinch P1 with a 1:15.6 secs lap. See how he grid lines up here.
With only nine more races to go and with two unknown tracks of Valencia and Singapore in the fray, the Championship race is a three-way-tie between Hamilton, Massa and Kimi with Kubica just 2 points back. This race’s winner can take the outright lead and then build upon it race-by-race. And oc course, a DNF will do more harm than good for the title contenders. So all four must tread cautiously now. Its anybody’s game to win now!
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