I knew it would happen! Whenever I miss watching a Qualifying session, Kimi Raikkonen doesn’t do good! (of late he doesn’t seem to be doing good even when I’m watching). At the Spa-Francorchamps circuit, which ranks as one of his favorites & where he has won all the previous three races, Raikkonen will start Sunday’s race from P4! McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton took pole position in a raucous Q3 session wherein he posted his fastest lap at the last possible run. Title contender Felipe Massa had held provisional pole until then but was pushed down to P2 by Hamilton’s run. Heikki Kovalainen then added insult to Ferrari’s injury as he edged out Raikkonen into P4.
BMW’s Nick Heidfeld had an upswing in Qualifying fortune as he took P5 ahead of the Renault of Fernando Alonso. Red Bull’s Mark Webber occupied P7 with Robert Kubica in P8. The two Toro Rossos of Sebastian Bourdais and Sebastian Vettel rounded out the top 10.
The prospects doesn’t seem bright for another Raikkonen Revival at Spa but with the two title contenders on the first row, the race is expected to be a keen one. Finishing in points will be of primary importance and moreso, finishing ahead of the competition! Massa’s daring opening move on both the McLarens at the Hungaroring is fresh in the mind and I won’t be surprised if he does it again over Hamilton in tomorrow’s race. And I hope for the best for Kimi. If anytime is the time for a comeback, this is it! Go Kimi Go!