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Thread: 2007 FORMULA 1™ Santander British Grand Prix. (8 Jul.)

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    Default Re: 2007 FORMULA 1™ Santander British Grand Prix. (8 Jul.)

    1. Kimi
    2. Alonso
    3. Hamilton

    Massa did a great job, finishiing 5th after starting from the back. Hamilton is lucky to be 3rd.

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    Massa though not on the podium was the star of the race, fighting his way to the 5th position from 2nd last.

    Kimi, the iceman, did exactly what he was asked to. No bullsh*t, just got the job done in typical iceman style. Dogged Hamilton in the first part of the race giving little Hamster absolutely no advantage of the lighter fuel load and P1 grid position. Bravo!

    For Hamster, "kanchiong" would be the fitting word for the day. Unusually light fuel load just to get pole, which was squandered ever so early with that kanchiong pitstop.

    And kudos to Alonso for playing it cool, making no mistakes, and having a good run to the 2nd.

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    Woohoo!!! FERRARI TRIUMPHS!!!

    Kimi, you didn't disappoint this time. Finally seeing your true potential. Great job by the Ferrari team too.

    And of course, a fantastic ride from Massa, starting from the pits to end up with 5th. Too bad he couldn't get past Kubica. It could have been a Ferrari 1-2 if not for that dead engine at the starting line. Ferrari was just blowing away everybody.

    Also for that nerves shown by Hamilton (finally!!), when he tried to move off before the fuel hose was pulled out. That lost him a few seconds and he never was in contention after that. Guess that light fuel load strategy didn't work well for Mclaren. Kimi was scorching after Alonso went in for his 2nd pitstop.

    Great race overall! Lots of excitement. And of course Ferrari and Kimi won!
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    I think there is more than meets the eye! I think it is no coincidence that MaLaren become so strong after Apr when the 500 page Ferrari doc leaked and when it become public, their performance drop. If based on their pace in the past 2-3 months, they will beat Ferrari easily in these 2 races. I din say all this, read it from papers.

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    Missed the first 3-4 laps of the race. When I started watching, Massa was fighting tooth and nail. Interesting to watch. Fickle English weather - no rain. It meant the teams could pursue their strategies without keeping a constant watch on the skies. First signs of nerves from Hamilton. Very very fortunate that he didn't take the fuel nozzle with him. Alonso drove a near perfect race. Ultimately the Ferrari strategy worked better than McLarens'. Took out one McLaren after the other, with each of the pitstops. Kimi seems to have woken up from his slumber, but how long he will be awake, time only will tell.
    He should take some lessons in improving his body language. Don't have to be exuberant on the podium, but at least you should have a little smile on your face and share the excitement of the team who've worked so hard to put you on the top step of the podium. Kimi looks as though he would skip the presentation ceremony and head to the nearest pub.

    Overall, nice race to watch with lots of overtaking, strategy, pitlane action. The unpredictability of it all makes F1 interesting.
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    As exhilirating as Massa's recovery run was, if Ferrari harboured hopes of beating McLaren for the constructor's title, they need to work out the car's mechanical reliability woes.

    The fact that Raikkonen could keep 2nd on the starting grid despite a mistake shows the clear performance gap between Ferrari and McLaren, moreover with Hamilton running lighter.

    All the talk about hard/soft tires being the difference between the leading Ferrari and the chasing McLaren was hyped up by the commentators looking to explain the Ferrari's pace, because when the Ferrari came in for its last pit, it went out on hard compound tires and kept increasing the gap (when the McLarens were on soft compound).

    It also points at BMW coming up as a contender to the two-horse race, given that Massa was effectively bottled up by Kubica. If BMW can get their car(s) ahead during qualify and keep ahead with superior pit tactics we may see a couple of joker cards in the 4-car deck of Ferrari and McLaren cars.

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    Default Re: 2007 FORMULA 1™ Santander British Grand Prix. (8 Jul.)

    K. Raikkonen achieving back to back victories. Looks like the words of Luca di Montezemolo did the trick eh! Snapped him into action. The performance of the Ferrari (especially of Raikkonen's) is superior, while considering that he was on a heavy fuel load.

    Wah! At this rate, McLaren must be worried, although they now are 25 points ahead of Ferrari.

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