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Sunday, May 07, 2006

May 06, 2006

Renault Ferrari Shine on qualifying day…
True to his form Fernando Alonso beat Michael Schumacher with time 1:29.819 to take 10th Career pole. Qualifying was an interesting affair and like always had its own set of  “incidents”  to tell. While this time around none of the drivers caused red/yellow flags on the track in qualifying session ,but in  absence of official timings at end of first session ,drivers were not sure who were the six to be relegated . the second session started late as a result with Klien, Albers, Speed, Monteiro, Sato, & Montagny qualifying 17-22
Second session had its incident at the end as well. We had Fisichella barging at BMW garage to confront Villeneuve whom he held responsible for  messing up his qualifier by helding him behind him. The eliminated guys here Ralf Schumacher, Coulthard, Heidfeld, Trulli, Liuzzi, & Fisichella.
Third session had its initial Snooze mode period after which drivers pitted to shod new tyres in last 6-7 minutes  and at end we had Alonso leading Michael Schumacher.

Points of interest:
  • Barichello out-qualifying Button ,does this mean Brazilian has finally come to terms with his Honda

  • Mclaren form looks dodgy given the fact that Kimi is driving Car powered on new version of Mclaren Engine. While Montoya going slow can be attributed to his running on engine in second cycle ,Kimi’s qualifying in midfield is puzzling

  • Montagny’s qualifying time and the deficit he carries as compared to Takuma Sato,doesn’t really justify Ide’s exclusion from Team perspective. It needs to be seen what happens over race distance.

The Qualifying grid
01 F. Alonso Renault 1:29.819
02 M. Schumacher Ferrari 1:30.028
03 F. Massa Ferrari 1:30.407
04 R. Barrichello Honda 1:30.754
05 K. Räikkönen McLaren 1:30.933
06 J. Button Honda 1:30.940
07 J. Trulli Toyota 1:31.419
08 J. Villeneuve BMW 1:31.542
09 JP. Montoya McLaren 1:31.880
10 M. Webber Williams 1:33.405*
11 R. Schumacher Toyota 1:30.944
12 N. Rosberg Williams 1:31.194*
13 G. Fisichella Renault 1:31.197
14 D. Coulthard Red Bull 1:31.227
15 N. Heidfeld BMW 1:31.422
16 V. Liuzzi Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:31.728
17 C. Klien Red Bull 1:32.901
18 C. Albers Midland F1 1:32.936
19 S. Speed Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:32.992
20 T. Monteiro Midland F1 1:33.658
21 T. Sato Super Aguri 1:35.239
22 F. Montagny Super Aguri 1:46.505

*: Williams duo have 10 spot engine penalty

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