First qualifiers for 2006 and it couldn’t have been any better than this.
Ferrari came back with a bang with both cars positioned 1st [Schumacher] & 2nd [Massa] on the grid. Whereas Räikkönen’s problem just doesn’t seems to go away, with Rear-Suspension gave up and taking Rear-Wing with it in his warm-up lap itself, as a result qualifiers came to a halt for 5 mins to clear-up the debris. So he’ll be starting tomorrow from rear of the grid.
Button, on the other hand, proved how fast Honda is by winning 3rd place on the grid, followed by World Champion Alonso 4th on the grid, followed by Montoya in 5th place.
The qualifiers started looking quiet confusing. With new 15-15-20 format, the first victim to first 15 minutes was Ralf Schumacher when he got stuck in traffic during his flying lap as there were 14 cars running on the circuit.
Second 15 minutes also went very well. But once last 10 cars came out for final 20 minutes, it was pure F1 adrenaline rush from there, and that really showed what we missed so much last year in single-lap qualifiers.
So I am all set for equally amazing Race-Day tomorrow.
For Qualifier Timmings & tomorrow’s Grid Position visit The Official Formula 1 Website.
Kimi Räikkönen’s Rear Suspension & Wing failure. Image courtsey Simon’s Blog.