European Grand Prix – Saturday Qualifying – Massa takes first pole at Valencia

Ferrari’s Felipe Massa took the pole position for the European Grand Prix at the new street circuit of Valencia with a neat performance in Q3. McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton will start alongside him in P2 with BMW’s Robert Kubica and the second Ferrari of Kimi Raikkonen occupying the second row.  P5 went to Heikki Kovalainen ahead of early pace-setter Sebastian Vettel of Toro Rosso. Jarno Trulli, Nick Heidfeld, Nico Rosberg & Sebastian Bourdais complete the top 10.

European Grand Prix Qualifying

This was the first-ever Qualifying session at the street circuit of Valencia and all the teams had a learning phase before they could put in a flawless lap. Lewis Hamilton & Felipe Massa were expectedly quick but the surprise P1 holders were Vettel and Trulli who were the fastest cars on the track at some point of time. Q1’s dropouts included the unlucky David Coulthard and both Honda’s of Jenson Button and Rubens Barrichello and both the Force India’s of Giancarlo Fisichella and Adrian Sutil. Q2 accounted for local hero Fernando Alonso and his teammate Nelson Piquet alongwith Kazuki Nakajima, Timo Glock & Mark Webber.

The Valencia track is wider than Monaco but it seems overtaking will be at a premium here also and that makes the race all the more exciting. Massa needs a win desperately and Hamilton will want to extend his lead in the Championship, so it will be interesting to see the start of the race tomorrow. Hope those two get into a skirmish and Kubica gets held up behind them, thus paving the way for Kimi Raikkonen to jump into the lead!

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