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Raikkonen has stepped into Michael Schumacher's shoes at Ferrari

The day before the first race of the 2007 Formula One Championship, and here in Melbourne we saw Michael Schumacher’s replacement, Kimi Raikkonen, snatch pole from world champion Fernando Alonso.

The only concern in Kimi's mind is whether the gear-box failure his team-mate Felipe Massa had will arise in his car and put paid to his hopes of winning the race.

Fernando Alonso seemed happy enough to be second on the grid with his new team McLaren. He told me it's been a tough winter, especially as he's had double the work learning the workings of a new team and adjusting to a different style of driving on the new Bridgestone tyres, which he admits he hasn't come to grips with yet ....see what I did there!

BMW’s Nick Heidfeld, sporting a stylish beard, was surprised to be on the second row. He fully expected the Renaults and Hondas to be a lot closer.

Renault's problems, while important to them, are nothing compared to Honda's. When I asked Jenson Button what was wrong with his car to be starting 14th on the grid, he replied 'everything'.

Jenson looks like a man with the weight of the world on his car. He says the forthcoming race will be the most valuable test of the winter so far!

And last but not last, the Super Aguris surprised the paddock by taking 10th and 11th positions on the grid. Anthony Davidson reckoned if he hadn't made a mistake when he tried to adjust the fuel mix on the final corner he could have easily make it through to the final section of qualifying. He did point out though that the result far and away exceeds all their expectations for a fifteenth-month-old team.

It is beginning to look like the wide open season we were all hoping it was going to be!

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posted Mar 17, 2007

plz all the schum haters plz get it true there tick skull dont matter what u say he would still be considerd to be the best , so u can bash him in side out it wont chace the fact that he was good

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posted Mar 17, 2007

Kimi Raikkonen showed today in qualifying that he is definitely on course to win tomorrow's GP in Australia. I can't really see anyone else winning the championship this year, his time is finally here to be a world champion.

Well done Lewis exceptional drive by the young Brit.

Come on Kimi;)

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posted Mar 17, 2007

Lewis's debut qualifying performance has been fantastic. I'm very impressed.

Schumacher's absence is good. The level of psychological domination he had in F1 was worrying. I don't believe there is another driver in the current field who can stamp their authority over the paddock in the same way, so we should see genuine competition right through the field.

Schumacher wasn't an angel, but he wasn't a devil either. He was an incredible driver who in his thirst for victory would sometimes make poor (unsporting) decisions. However, I firmly believe that most of Schumacher's worst moments were coordinated and sanctioned by Ferrari themselves.

Remember that Ferrari are still there, and while some of the old gang are missing this year, the nature of the beast is fundamentally unchanged.

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posted Mar 17, 2007

Alonso had the fastest lap in the second quali session when everyone was running light. With Massa out Ferrari had no choice but to put Kimi on light fuel to ensure pole.

The highlights of yesterday to me are Hamilton great display, Renault debacle, Super Aguri performance and Ferrari reliability in question.

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posted Mar 17, 2007

Looking forward to seeing Kubici race again and I believe he could be the next "great" .... mind you I said that about Button and was wrong.... come back "Nige" we need you

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comment by f1fan23 (U7812132)

posted Mar 17, 2007


englandmad666 please get your facts straight, Ferrari did not refuse to have a chicane fitted at Indianapolis it was the FIA who refused it on a number of grounds. First it would be unfair to the teams that cars were fully working and secondly they could not install a chicane that complied with the current safety regulations in place at the time. In fact I would argue it was the Michelin teams that were to blame for ruining the event as they refused to go out, if they wanted to they could run at half throttle through the banked bend. Again this was nothing to do with either Schumacher or Ferrari, people like you saw this joke of a race and assumed that Ferrari were obviously to blame. And I just want to add that the American fans that through rubbish at the cars going passed at 200mph in protest of the race were despicable, this was clearly very dangerous for the drivers who had nothing to do with the decision.

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comment by f1fan23 (U7812132)

posted Mar 17, 2007

“Just look at a champion like mika hakkinen, he never needed to stoop to such tatics in his great career”
Sorry, Hakkinen was a very good driver but not a truly great one, you can’t possibly compare the two drivers as of the same caliber, just look at the records! P.s. hakkinen only won his second world championship coz schuey broke his leg at Silverstone in 99!!!!! If it wasn’t because of that he would have won 8 world titles!

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posted Mar 18, 2007

Button who? Hamilton is the man.

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posted Mar 18, 2007

If Senna had not been killed, Shumacher's career would have turned out differently.

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comment by 7916274 (U7916274)

posted Apr 10, 2007

Whats the point of WRITING AN ARTICLE,and then not checking the COMMENTS LEFT FOR YOU?

COMMOON SAMOS, you could reply back, PLEASE, PLEASE

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