Euro GP: Massa on pole

Until the very end, pole position looked like it was going to go to an unlikely driver, namely STR’s Sebatian Vettel. The German had been flying since arriving at the new street circuit of Valencia, and was right up on the pace from the off. But sadly for him, it wasn’t meant to be.

The results on the board at the end of the session look much more familiar to regular viewers of this season’s F1 action.

Ferrari’s Felipe Massa sits on top of the pile, followed by McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton, then BMW’s Robert Kubica, Ferrari’s still misfiring Kimi Raikkonen, and the young Vettel in sixth.

Toyota’s Jarno Trulli was having a great afternoon after some poor showing in free practice, but in the end he was only good enough for seventh.

Then rest of the field goes: Heidfeld, Rosberg, Bourdais – who’s used to driving this type of circuit from racing Champ Car in the USA – Nakajima, Alonso, Glock, Webber, Piquet, Button, Coulthard, Fisichella, Barrichello and Adrian Sutil bringing up the rear.

If the ITV commentators are to be believed, P2 is actually the better place to be with a more comfortable line down to turn one.

So what do you think? Who’s heavy, who’s quick, who’s going to end up lucking out and getting an unusually high final position?

Personally I’m thinking that Vettel’s got a fairly large amount of fuel onboard, in order to maximse his race potential rather than sacrificing a Sunday result for Saturday glory.

But we’ll see.

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Should be a great race if race speeds are very similar and if the GP2 race was anything to go by !

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I hate massa

he should go home

Hamilton FTW

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I hate Hamilton

he should go home

Kimi FTW. :)

Kimi really needs to sort out his qualifying issues, or the championship is lost for him. He has problems getting his tyres to work quickly, so its hard to do a fast time instantly.

Well, all is not lost yet, you never know about Ham… Maybe he’ll drive up the rear of Massa at the red lights by the pits this time (remember Canada)?

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Woot Woot, my man Massa took pole!

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I have Vettel down for a podium, and the only reason he doesn’t have pole is he lost the back end a bit and that cost him second.

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I think Heidfeld will yet again be a quiet achiever. He was quoted somewhere as saying he has a high fuel load too, to add to his chances.

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Kubica is really good at these city-tracks like monaco, montreal… My money’s on him for the podium, along with Hamilton, and maybe Massa, if it doesn’t rain obviously.

Now the time of Bourdais is disappointing since he has the same car as Vettel, and moreover is used to this kind of circuits, but still couldn’t put his car in front of his teammate’s.

Anyway, the race will be exciting for sure!

Do you reckon Safety Car ?

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I think a surprise result like Piquet’s second place at Hockenheim is pretty likely. With the the almost certainty of an incident requiring a safety car, we could easily see someone from the middle to the back of the grid making a good show up front. Who knows, if it rains again, Sutil could repeat his performance in Monaco. Well, as long as Kimi doesn’t rear end him again.

That being said, Ferrari looked a lot more comfortable out there than McLaren did. Expect a good fight between Massa and Hamilton for 1st, with Kubica getting in there as well, with a possible Vettel spoiler.

This is assuming that it stays dry. If we get heavy rain, all bets are off. We could even see a Honda up there again.

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Qualy 2 is always the fastest. And Vettel topped that session. I think Toro Rosso then realized they were fast in that circuit and decided to load their cars high on fuel and have a one or two stop strategy, hence penalizing their results in Qualy 3 but assuring a good position if things don’t go wrong.

I wouldn’t be surprised if Vettel finishes second and Bourdais fourth.

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Vettel was never going to be pole, Hamilton and Massa were building their pace and I predict they will share poles for the rest of the season. If it’s dry expect no surprises, Hamilton or Massa with Kimi 3rd. If it rains who knows but Barrichello for the podium!

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ARE YOU ALL FORGETTING THE FORECAST SERVER “THUNDERSTORMS” HAMILTON WILL WALK HOME FIVE MINUTES AHEAD OF THE REST OF THE FIELD WITH THE TEAM SHOUTING AT HIM TO SLOW DOWN THROUGH THE WHOLE RACE.
HAMILTON WILL SPEED HOME IN THE DRY JUST AS EASY.

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to hamilton will win: its actually more like “light showers” so they might not even get any rain

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Massa seemed surprised to be on pole. This makes me think he’s relatively heavy on fuel.

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Kubica and Hamilton both have agressive driving ‘on the edge’ styles which suits the charactoristics of this track but Hamilton-hype overshadows Kubica’s true ability and i think Ham’s more likely to screw-up.As for Massa:****ing quick but just not consistent/versatile enough to contend with changing conditions/situations.So Kubica to win then…

*Foot in mouth/tongue up Lewis’ a*se Award- James Allen (ITV) commentating on final qualifying (to paraphrase): “(Massa)Can he beat Hamilton?NO HE CAN’T!!!…erm..oh..he has…whimper”

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Go Kubica!!! As long as massa crashes out/blows up/goes on tilt its all good

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Why doesn’t Bernis come off the fence and just call it Ferrari Formula 1. If McLaren had pulled the stunt in the pit lane as Ferrari did, you can bet they wouldn’t have kept first place.

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You should all be supporting lewis, especially if your british! Massa fuelled light to get pole, if rains we all know he will spin off several times, kimi has gone down the pan, and if it does end like it is on grid lewis will be champion and i will be going straight out to but bottle of champagne! COME ON LEWIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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bsout felipa massa he is best driver iseen after michal schumacher in 2008 he wins many races then any body hopes that he workhard to achive 2009 crown do it masa

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