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Spanish Grand Prix - Qualifying 
26th-Apr-2008 08:04 am
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It's warm and dry in Barcelona for today's qualifying session: air temperature 23°C, track 38°C.

NH was fastest in this morning's practice session, followed by DC and FA.

Qualifying Session 1 (Q1):
AS is first on track ... followed by Force India teammate GF
AS 1:23.224
No commentary on the TSN feed again :(
SB 1:11.803
At last, 5mins in to Q1, TSN have found the ITV commentary
NR 1:22.781
KN 1:22.396
KR 1:22.050
LH 1:21.366
On-board with JT shows a lot of steering input, but he goes P3
MW's first lap today after a throttle linkage problem prevented him taking part in practice this morning
10mins left in Q1
JB to P4 in the Honda, which has sprouted "elephant ears" on the nose cone
KN to P2!
5mins left
HK is the only one yet to set a time but he's on track now ... and goes P3
3mins left; bottom 6 are RB, GF, SV, AS, TS, AD
KR 1:20.701
1min left - expect lots of changes in the lower half of the timing table
SV P14
Chequered flag out
RB P7
MW P5
NR P5
FA P2
NP P4
DC P14
SB P13
That's everyone home, so the bottom six grid positions are: P17=DC, 18=SV, 19=GF, 20=AS, 21=AD, 22=TS
(Fastest was KR's 1:20.701)

Qualifying Session 2 (Q2):
Session starts but no-one's rushing to get on track
4mins gone and still no activity
FA heads out of the garage on soft tyres
FA 1:20.976
JT 1:20.915
LH 1:20.825 despite bit of a twitch in Sector 2
KR 1:20.784
HK can only manage P8
5mins left
RK 1:20.597
RK's teammate at BMW, NH, can only get up to P12 but RK is on soft tyres whereas NH is on the harder compound
3mins left; bottom 6 are FM, NH, KN, NR, JB, SB
2mins left: huge stream of cars leaving the pits for a final flying lap
SB (currently P16) understeers and aborts his flying lap
Chequered flag is out
FM 1:20.584
RB P7
HK P4
NR stays P13
JT P6
NP P8
JB P12
Bottom 6 are P11=RB, 12=KN, 13=JB, 14=TG, 15=NR, 16=SB

Qualifying Session 3 (Q3):
Battling over the top 10 grid spots are FM, RK, KR, FA, NH, HK, LH, NP, JT & MW
JT is first on track and he's on the harder tyre
Everyone else leaves the pits
JT 1:23.393 - lap times will be slower than Q1 & Q2 because they're now on race fuel levels
5mins left
LH 1:22.379
HK P2
RK P2
FM 1:22.058 but he's on the softer (option) tyre
FA P3
KR P4
After 1 flying lap each, order is FM, LH, FA, KR, RK, NH, HK, MW, NP, JT - just 1.3secs between FM & JT
2 turns of front wing for KR's Ferrari
NP lights up the tyres as he leaves his box
1min left - everyone's out for a second (and final) flying lap
LH stays P2
HK P3
RK P2
FA 1:21.904 and you can hear the crowd roar
KR 1:21.813
Top 10 positions: P1=KR, 2=FA, 3=FM, 4=RK, 5=LH, 6=HK, 7=MW, 8=JT, 9=NH, 10=NP
That's not good for McLaren :(

Provisional Grid: KR, FA, FM, RK, LH, HK, MW, JT, NH, NP, RB, KN, JB, TG, NR, SB, DC, SV, GF, AS, AD, TS
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