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F1 Kicks Off Downunder!

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The 2008 Formula One season is finally underway with qualifying today and the race tomorrow. Of course there is drama on and off the track and a few surprises for tomorrows grid. The fine city of Melbourne , Australia is host once again to the opening round and Australia’s capital of culture has turned on it’s best weather for the occasion.

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After a long running dispute with race officials, this years event has been moved to a 5:30 pm start time. It seems that if Melbourne wants to hang on to its Grand Prix it will need to run the race at night. This is to accommodate European television audiences and in fact it is looking like all races in the Asian region are being encouraged to follow suit (and of course we here at Gadget Freaks are so looking forward to the first night Formula One race to be staged on the streets of Singapore later this year) There is no shortage of potential host cities lining up for their own race so the Melbourne organizers are going to have to either do some fast talking, run the race at night or let the event go! Anyway……enough politics!

With the pre-race build up and media hype out of the way the cars were out for qualifying which produced some dramatic incidents which saw World Champion Kimi Raikkonen relegated to 16th on the starting grid order after problems with a fuel pressure regulator on his Ferrari in QP1. He will certainly have his work cut out for him in the race tomorrow but as we have seen in the past he seems to relish in challenges like this so never write him off. The Melbourne circuit has numerous passing opportunities and Kimi is the passing move meister so watch out for him producing some of that ‘Iceman Magic’.

Not altogether unexpected, Lewis Hamilton grabbed pole but was pressured by a fired up Robert Kubica who narrowly missed out after running wide and hit the grass on his last hot lap. Heikki Kovalainen and Phillipe Massa will start behind them from the second row with Nick Heidfeld and Jarno Trulli from row three. Nico Rosberg and veteran David Coulthard will occupy the fourth row while Timo Glock and Sebastian Vettel complete the top 10.

Another driver surprisingly out of the top ten is Fernando Alonso. Obviously still quite a bit of development work to do on the 2008 Renault. So with Mc Laren and BMW at full strength at the head of the grid it will be up to Massa to uphold the Ferrari honour. Perhaps a resurgent Toyota may surprise as it has been a long long time between drinks for the Japanese team. Could we see Williams back in the thick of the action, another team looking to regain some form. Whatever happens it promises to be an exciting and action packed race.

So till next time race fans…………

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The start was the finish for many drivers in Melbourne in 2002 thanks to this rather unorthodox passing move by Ralf Schumacher!

Written by gadgetfreaks

March 15, 2008 at 7:38 am

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