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Electronic fuel pump problems stopped the world champion - Hamilton graps pole


Lewis Hamilton, Vodafone McLaren Mercedes, Melbourne

Lewis Hamilton, Vodafone McLaren Mercedes, Melbourne

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Heikki Kovalainen, Vodafone McLaren Mercedes, Melbourne

Heikki Kovalainen, Vodafone McLaren Mercedes, Melbourne

Lewis Hamilton, Vodafone McLaren Mercedes, Melbourne

Lewis Hamilton, Vodafone McLaren Mercedes, Melbourne

Lewis Hamilton, Vodafone McLaren Mercedes, Melbourne

Lewis Hamilton, Vodafone McLaren Mercedes, Melbourne

Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari, Melbourne

Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari, Melbourne

Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari F2008 s/n 268

Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari F2008 s/n 268

Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari F2008 s/n 268

Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari F2008 s/n 268

Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari F2008 s/n 268

Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari F2008 s/n 268

Felipe Massa Ferrari F2008 s/n 267

Felipe Massa Ferrari F2008 s/n 267

 

One driver on the second row and the other on the eighth: these are the positions the two Ferraris will occupy on the grid for tomorrow's Australian Grand Prix. Felipe Massa finished qualifying in fourth spot, while Kimi Raikkonen, sixth in Q1, was unable to return to the pits at the end of his timed run because of a problem with the electronic fuel pump, which forced him to stop a few metres from the start of pit lane. "This is definitely not the result we were expecting," commented Stefano Domenicali. "We have to work out exactly what caused Kimi's car to stop and tomorrow he will have a hard fight all through the race to move up the order. Starting from the second row, Felipe will be able to show what he can do in a race in which reliability and strategy will as usual play a key role."

Felipe Massa: "I failed to get the most out of my final set of tyres for the day, because I had traffic on my out-lap and this meant I was unable to get the tyres up to temperature. I am happy with the handling of the car, which is well balanced and we know we can run at a good race pace. It will be a very tough race, especially as we can expect high temperatures. Anything can happen and I think I can fight for the very top places."

Kimi Raikkonen: "Clearly I am disappointed. A few corners from the end of my in-lap, I had a problem with the electronic fuel pump which forced me to stop near the pit lane and so it was impossible for me to get back to the garage to try and fix the problem. These things happen, but it's definitely not the best way to start the season. Now we must try to do our best to pick up some points tomorrow, because it is important to score something in every race."

F.Massa: chassis 267
K.Raikkonen: chassis 268

Weather
air temperature 24/23 ░C,
track temperature 32/30 ░C,
sunny

 


Pos.

Driver

Team

Time

1

L. Hamilton

McLaren

1:26.714

2

R. Kubica

BMW

1:26.866

3

H. Kovalainen

McLaren

1:27.079

4

F. Massa

Ferrari

1:27.178

5

N. Heidfeld

BMW

1:27.236

6

J. Trulli

Toyota

1:28.527

7

N. Rosberg

Williams

1:28.687

8

D. Coulthard

Red Bull

1:29.041

9

T. Glock

Toyota

1:29.593

10

S. Vettel

Scuderia Toro Rosso

no time

11

R. Barrichello

Honda

1:26.173

12

F. Alonso

Renault

1:26.188

13

J. Button

Honda

1:26.259

14

K. Nakajima

Williams

1:26.413

15

M. Webber

Red Bull

no time

16

K. Rńikk÷nen

Ferrari

no time

17

G. Fisichella

Force India F1

1:27.207

18

S. Bourdais

Scuderia Toro Rosso

1:27.446

19

A. Sutil

Force India F1

1:27.859

20

T. Sato

Super Aguri

1:28.208

21

N. Piquet jr.

Renault

1:28.330

22

A. Davidson

Super Aguri

1:29.059