Saturday, May 26, 2007

Uh-oh for Ferrari: McLaren owns the front row at Monaco!

It's almost race time in the beautiful city, and those diamonds must have worked their magic: Merceces-McLaren teammates Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton qualifed 1-2 to control the front row of the grid for tomorrow's Grand Prix of Monaco. Here's the story from Planet

Ferrari's Felipe Massa settled for third, with a time just .06 slower than Lewis! In fact, Lewis says he could have been much faster, maybe even taken pole position, if he weren't held up by Mark Webber in the Red Bull car on his final hot lap. Yes, Lewis had something to say about that.

In any case, as the qualifying article states, "McLaren got their first pole of the season and their first front row for a long time. The chances of overtaking into the first turn, Ste Devote, on Sunday are not good, but stranger things have happened in F1." So if the boys in silver and red can stay out of the barriers, they're probably looking at another strong finish. Pit stop strategies will be key.

And what happened to Kimi Raikonnen? The Finn made a huge mistake in the second qualifying session, clipping a barrier hard. He had to settle for 14th (!) on the grid. He definitely has his work cut out for him tomorrow.

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