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Sunday, April 15, 2007

star of bahrain qualifying

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yeah yeah, we all know massa grabbed pole yesterday at bahrain. personally, i wasn't very surprised by it. lewis hamilton was second, followed by kimi and alonso. kimi and alonso could be on a heavier fuel strategy. well, we'll see who of the four will come out top on race day.

however, none of them was the star of bahrain qualifying. lewis hamilton did great to finish for his first ever front row. it was inspiring, and there's great future for this guy. he will be the star of the future, but not quite at bahrain.

it was anthony davidson who was the star. now, i must apologize to super aguri for labelling them 'f1's biggest waste of time' last year. what they had to go through to put a car on the grid must have been difficult, so i'm impressed to see how far they've progressed.

to be fair to spyker though, the super aguri team is ultimately a honda b-team. therefore, all sorts of information, be it mechanical setup, technologies, tyre informations, etc. are passed down from the top. even their chassis is basically last year's honda.

what is impressive is the fact that anthony davidson managed to not only out-qualify his teammate takuma sato, but also the not-quite-star-quality star drivers jenson and rubens of the parent team. we all know of his speed during friday's practice, and we have seen him performing when given the chance to race. so, i'm sure it's vindication for anthony after being denied of the race seat at honda year after year.

point to note, anthony was recently injured at the australian gp and wasn't quite fit for the malaysian gp. but from the look of yesterday's qualifying, he has made a speedy recovery and is eager to do well. he drove his heart out, and almost made it into q3 qualifying at 13th. positive result, i like.

well, i hope he continues to do well in the race tomorrow, and not get overly excited about his good performance and to throw his chances away. we all know how different a race is as compared to qualifying. so all the best!

davidsons bahrain effort []

read super aguri f1 team's qualifying statement

p.s. let's see if massa can utilize a second chance to lay his sepang ghost to rest at bahrain.

previous posts:
missing schumacher and brawn
come! and get some airasia kisses
four mirror mclaren explained
traction control axed!
kimi happier at ferrari

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