You’ve got to take your hat off to McLaren’s Heikki Kovalainen. While everyone else focussed on what Lewis Hamilton was going to do, Heikki kept his focus and got on with the job at hand, which landed him the grandest prize of the day: pole position at the British Grand Prix.
And what of Hamilton? His focus definitely seems to be somewhat addled at the moment, putting the car off the track in the final session on his first hot lap. When he went through Brooklands corner for his last pole attempt, you could see from the onboard footage that the previous off had shaken his confidence, scrubbing a lot of speed and locking up his left front to make the corner. That scuppered his chances at pole and left him on the second row in fourth.
Mark Webber drove a great lap for Red Bull’s first front row grid position, and the Ferraris had looked off the pace through out the first two sessions but Kimi Raikkonen kept his composure for third spot.
BMW’s Nick Heidfeld took fifth, Fernando Alonso sixth and Piquet Jnr seventh – both for Renault – Sebastian Vettel eigth for STR, Ferrari’s Felipe Massa down in ninth and BMW’s Robert Kubica rounds out the top 10.
So, Big Question time: can Heikki Kovalainen take his maiden win at tomorrow’s British Grand Prix, or is he going to have his day stolen by Mark Webber?
And what of the big guns Kimi Raikkonen and Lewis Hamilton, are they going to put their respective problems behind them and get on with the job at hand?
The pressure mounts…