Archive for August, 2008

Lewis Finishes Second In Valencia

Sunday, August 24th, 2008

Lewis Hamilton finished in second position behind Ferrari’s Massa at the new European Grand Prix, the Valencia street race.

Lewis Hamilton racing in Valencia

There was no safety car as many people thought that there would be. Though, Alonso only lasted a lap after somebody drove into the back of him and he lost his rear wing.

Robert Kubica did well to finish 3rd place in front of Kovalainen who finished in fourth position.

All in all most track feedback was positive and generally people were happy with the new track and facilities around.

Lewis is still leading the championship but lost two points to Filipe Massa. Hamilton’s effort was fantastic considering that he had severe neck and back problems from a trapped nerve before qualifying and it wasn’t even sure that he will be able to race.

There was an incident with Massa leaving the pit lane as the same time as another car and there is some debate about weather it was safe or not. It will be investigated after the race.

Valencia Grand Prix 2008 Race Results:

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Lewis Hamilton Starts 2nd In Valencia

Saturday, August 23rd, 2008

Lewis Hamilton driving in Valencia
The first Formula 1 qualifying in Valencia mixed up the field a bit with a brand new track which has little traction. The teams were struggling for grip in the first session but at the end of the second session there was noticeable more traction even though it started to drizzle a little bit.

The surprise of the second session was Sebastian Vettel who was first at the end of qualifying session 2. Renault’s Fernando Alonso didn’t make it into Q3.

Lewis Hamilton was finally flying in the final qualifying session and got up to 2nd position on the starting grid. Felipe Massa is on pole position and Robert Kubica is starting in third position.

Some TV commentators say that there’s a high possibility that there will be a safety car in tomorrow’s race and that McLaren are playing it safe by putting in extra fuel. We’ll have to see how the race unfolds.

Valencia 2008 Qualifying Results:

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New Exciting F1 Street Races In 2008

Sunday, August 17th, 2008

Lewis Hamilton is currently leading the Formula 1 World Championship by 5 points with 7 races to go. Two of the new exciting races in 2008 are both street circuits. The first race is coming up next week in Valencia and the other Grand Prix will be the first night race held in Singapore.

The New European Grand Prix in Valencia

The new Valencia street circuit is no ordinary street circuit such as Monaco, which is narrow, slow and twisty. It will be a different type or racing track. It looks to be one of the faster circuits with an average speed of 140 mph and a top speed of 200 mph on the main straight!Valencia F1 Street Circuit

The track will be wide enough for several overtaking opportunities which should make things exciting.

The track is located at the Juan Carlos I Marina, home to the recent 32nd America’s Cup yacht race.

Norbert Haug had the following to say about the new Valencia track:

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Hamilton Finishes Hungarian Race In 5th Place After Puncture

Sunday, August 3rd, 2008

Lewis Hamilton manages to get back up to 5th place after an unexpected puncture dropped him down to 10th.

Lewis Hamilton\'s Puncture in HungaryAt the start of the race with the two McLaren’s in front it was likely that they would control the race. Who would have thought Massa would overtake them by the second corner, let alone that Hamilton will get a puncture.

Lewis Hamilton’s post-race comments:

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Hamilton On Pole In Hungary

Saturday, August 2nd, 2008

Lewis Hamilton delivered another fantastic qualifying performance with his 10th career pole position in Hungary. This makes his 3rd win in a row very possible.

Lewis has been looking superb all weekend leading most of the practice sessions and he was dominating qualifying Q1 and Q2.

Lewis Hamilton takes the McLaren to pole position in HungaryHeikki Kovalainen in the sister Vodafone McLaren-Mercedes managed to get into the 2nd place making it difficult for the Ferrari’s at this Hungarian Grand Prix where overtaking is very difficult.

The field is quite close together and a few hundreds of a second can mean the difference of a position at the Hungaroring. Timo Glock managed to get into 5th position in his Toyota which was a refreshing surprise.

McLaren’s Woking squad have been enjoying a few recent wins over Ferrari in the last few races. However, the intense competition between the two teams will surely keep it interesting to the end of the season.

Can Lewis make it 3-in-a-row tomorrow? We’ll have to tune in tomorrow and keep our fingers crossed.

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