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Bahrain qualifying - Scuderia stuns rivals in Sakhir
Sunday, 12 March 2006
gpreport.jpgFerrari surprised many on Saturday afternoon when they completed a front-row lock-out with the fastest two times during qualifying for the Bahraini Grand Prix.

Michael Schumacher was the man of the moment with a stunning time of 1:31.431 to topple his new-for-2006 teammate Felipe Massa with a 1:31.471.

Pole position 65 saw Michael Schumacher equal the one record that had so long eluded him in matching Ayrton Senna’s tally.

Massa was equally impressive in his first outing for the Scuderia providing Schumacher with serious cause for concern.

However, whether Ferrari can reproduce the dominance on Sunday remains to be seen with differing fuel strategies influencing the result.

or instance, after flying through practice and the opening qualifying sessions, Honda, Renault, and McLaren were unable to challenge their Italian rivals.

Jenson Button (Honda) was ‘best of the rest’ in third with a 1:31.478. The time itself appeared competitive but the Briton really pushed to secure the result where the Ferrari pair lapped consistently at the benchmark level.

Fernando Alonso was fourth with a 1:31.702, however the paddock was of consensus that there was a lot more to come from Renault who seemed to opt for a conservative fuel load.

Juan Pablo Montoya was fifth in his McLaren, Rubens Barrichello (Honda) sixth, Mark Webber (Williams) seventh, Christian Klien (Red Bull Racing) eighth, Giancarlo Fisichella (Renault) ninth, and Nick Heidfeld (BMW) tenth.

The remainder of the field weren’t in the fight for pole position due to Formula One’s new knockout qualifying system.

The afternoon was split into three runs with six men dropped from each of the two opening fifteen minute runs leaving 10 drivers to shoot for pole.

The system proved both highly exciting and dramatic as the field tussled for positions up the order to secure a birth in the final run.

Kimi Raikkonen was the only driver not to set a time as the right-rear suspension on his McLaren failed under the pressure of a flying lap.

Raikkonen limped the MP4-22 back to the garage but there was nothing the Finn’s mechanics could do to get him back on track.

Marshals were forced to wave the red flags due to the debris left on the circuit from the incident, stopping the session with just four and a half minutes remaining.
All drivers needed to put in another time meaning the end of the opener was more like a grand prix than a qualifying outing.

The highlight was Viantonio Liuzzi nailing a pass on Honda’s Rubens Barrichello in his V10-powered Scuderia Toro Rosso.

The audacious move took Barrichello by surprise, who was forced to take evasive action after nearly coming to blows through turn one.

At the chequer the two Super Aguris of Takuma Sato and Yuji Ide, the two Midlands of Christijan Albers and Tiago Monteiro, Toyota’s Ralf Schumacher, and obviously Raikkonen were dropped.

The second run was similarly exciting with Nico Rosberg providing much of the drama with two spins in his Williams.

The two mistakes saw the German fall into the drop zone, along with Liuzzi and teammate Scott Speed, David Coulthard (Red Bull), Jarno Trulli (Toyota), and Jacques Villeneuve (BMW).

The third and final session provided more interest with all 10 drivers heading onto the circuit early and putting down a series of banker laps in an attempt to burn off fuel.

Due to the fact that they were forced to start the run on race fuel, but didn’t need to top up the loads until the conclusion, for every lap completed there was an obvious bonus to the final time with the decrease in fuel equating to a decrease in weight.

The passed became the passer when Rubens Barrichello planted a move on his former Ferrari teammate Michael Schumacher.

Schumacher was cruising when the Brazilian came tearing up behind. The German wasn’t going to make his rivals job easier and it took three attempts for Barrichello to make the pass stick.

The move obviously awoke Schumacher who soon, with ten minutes remaining, stepped up a gear and started recording some super fast sector times.

Massa soon launched an attack on his teammate and actually moved into the top position.

The remainder of the field followed suit and headed back onto the circuit with fresh rubber for one last attempt at pole.

Massa looked good to secure the top position on his first outing with Ferrari however Schumacher had different thoughts and banked a stunning lap at the death to steal the Brazilian’s glory.

 Michael Schumacher 
 Scuderia Ferrari 
 Felipe Massa 
 Jenson Button 
 BAR Honda 
 Fernando Alonso 
 Juan Pablo Montoya
 Team McLaren Mercedes
 Rubens Barrichello 
 Scuderia Ferrari 
 Mark Webber 
 BMW Williams 
 Christian Klien 
 Red Bull Racing 
 Giancarlo Fisichella 
 Nick Heidfeld 
 BMW Williams 
 Jacques Villeneuve 
 Nico Rosberg 
 Williams F1 
 David Coulthard 
 Red Bull Racing 
 Jarno Trulli 
 Tonio Luizzi 
 Toro Rosso 
 Scott Speed 
 Toro Rosso 
 Ralf Schumacher 
 Christijan Albers 
 MF1 Racing 
 Tiago Monteiro 
 Jordan Toyota 
 Takuma Sato 
 BAR Honda 
 Yuji Ide 
 Super Aguri 
 Kimi Raikkonen
 Team McLaren Mercedes
no time 

Team McLaren Mercedes driver Juan Pablo Montoya finished today's qualifying session for the Bahrain Grand Prix in fifth position on the grid with a time of 1m32.164. Kimi Raikkonen will start tomorrow's race from the back of the grid after a right rear suspension failure on his first flying lap which meant that he failed to set a time. This was the first time all the teams experienced the three-stage knockout system introduced for this year. In the first session Juan Pablo Montoya set a time of 1:33.233 and finished in fifth place and the second session saw him finish with the second fastest time of 1m31.487.

“I think we did a good job with the new format, and it ran very smoothly for me. I am a little surprised to finish so far up as we had not been looking good in the earlier sessions when I have been suffering from understeer, but that is what the car could do when it counted. I think we have a good strategy for the race, so we will have to wait and see what will happen tomorrow."

“There is not much I can say about today. It is very disappointing to not even complete one timed lap as I believe that the team had a good strategy for the new qualifying system, and I could have been amongst the quickest. Although it is far from ideal to start from the back of the grid, there are overtaking opportunities at this track, and I have done this before and still achieved good results. We will just have to see what happens in the race tomorrow.”

“A painful first experience of the new qualifying. Our overall competitiveness is still difficult to judge as the fuel load used for the final qualifying still plays a significant role in respect of race strategy. Juan Pablo's set up is still not perfect and Kimi's car suffered a rear suspension lower wishbone failure which was caused by a manufacturing fault, which, after many thousands of kilometres of testing, is difficult to come to terms with.”

“It is a shame that Kimi suffered from a rear suspension failure. In more than 8000km of testing we have not experienced such a breakdown. We have what we think is a good strategy and a solid basis for a good performance in the race and our speed so far looks OK.”

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Comments: The first mechanical problem for Kimi occured in the first (quali) lap of the new season.

Great start! 

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