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Who do you think will win the Gran Premio de Espana?
Poll ended at 25 Apr 2008, 13:33
Kimi Raikkonen 49%  49%  [ 42 ]
Nick Heidfeld 2%  2%  [ 2 ]
Lewis Hamilton 14%  14%  [ 12 ]
Robert Kubica 13%  13%  [ 11 ]
Heikki Kovalainen 2%  2%  [ 2 ]
Felipe Massa 16%  16%  [ 14 ]
Other 3%  3%  [ 3 ]
Total votes : 86
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 Post subject: Re: 2008 Formula 1 Spanish Grand Prix , Gran Premio de España
PostPosted: 28 Apr 2008, 08:12  
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Kimi begins his own era in Ferrari.....Kova's accident was terrible.the first idea was that this is the end....=( I am his and Kimi fan and it was difficult time.

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PostPosted: 28 Apr 2008, 10:00  
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GalinaRUS wrote:
Kimi begins his own era in Ferrari.....Kova's accident was terrible.the first idea was that this is the end....=( I am his and Kimi fan and it was difficult time.

yes ,very horrible accident "the first idea was that this is the end"
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PostPosted: 28 Apr 2008, 10:51  
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If anyone hasn't seen the pictures thread, here is a pic from it of Kovy's accident. He is still in the car at this time.
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It looks scary!!! :sad:
Reminds me of Burti's accident...

that's reminds me of Michael Schumacher accident in Silverstone back in '99...
even Heikki's crash is more terrible than that, fortunately he's ok

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PostPosted: 28 Apr 2008, 12:15  
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Keith Collantine wrote : 2008 Spanish GP facts and stats
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Kimi Raikkonen scored his 17th career win, putting him 13th on the list of drivers with the most wins. He needs to two wins to tie with Fernando Alonso. It was his second career ‘treble’ of a win from pole position (his 15th) with fastest lap (his 26th), his other one coming at Melbourne last year. It was his sixth win from pole position and he passed his 30,000th racing kilometre.

Fastest laps are Raikkonen’s forte - with 26 he has set more than any other driver bar Michael Schumacher (76), Alain Prost (41), Nigel Mansell (30) and Jim Clark (28).

Raikkonen’s first pole position of the year meant we have had four different drivers on pole for the first four races for the first time since 1983, when Keke Rosberg, Patrick Tambay, Alain Prost and Rene Arnoux were the pole sitters.

Felipe Massa scored his eighth second place. That is his second most frequent finishing position - he finished ninth 11 times.

Sebastian Vettel has not completed any racing laps in the last two Grands Prix. He has finished fewer laps this year than any other driver - 39. The next fewest is Adrian Sutil with 68. Only one driver has finished all 237 laps so far - Nick Heidfeld.

Sixth place for Jenson Button gave Honda their first points of 2008 and equalled Button’s best finish in the Spanish Grand Prix.

Anthony Davidson has qualified 21st for every race this year.

McLaren and Ferrari have now won the last 22 consecutive Grands Prix. The last unbroken run of 22 wins by two teams lasted between the 1991 Mexican Grand Prix and the 1992 Hungarian Grand Prix, when McLaren and Williams won 22 races between them.

Thanks to the intervention of the safety car, Nick Heidfeld’s run of five consecutive races in the points came to an end.

The last eight Spanish Grands Prix have all been won from pole position. The last driver not to win from pole was Michael Schumacher in 2000, beaten by Mika Hakkinen. However he did with the next four in a row. Contradictorily, none of the first eight Spanish Grand Prix were won from pole position, but the ninth was, by Niki Lauda.

The Circuit de Catalunya has held twice as many Spanish Grands Prix (18) as any other venue.

It was officially Rubens Barrichello’s 256th Grand Prix start, putting him level with Riccardo Patrese’s all-time record number of Grand Prix starts.

Giancarlo Fisichella marked his 200th participation in a Grand Prix weekend but only his 198th start. He failed to qualify for Jordan at Magny-Cours in 2002 after being injured in a crash, and did not start the 2005 United States Grand Prix because of the concerns over tyre safety.
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PostPosted: 28 Apr 2008, 12:25  
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that's reminds me of Michael Schumacher accident in Silverstone back in '99...
even Heikki's crash is more terrible than that, fortunately he's ok


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PostPosted: 28 Apr 2008, 12:30  
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According to Turun Sanomat Kovalainen reacted by instinct and pulled his legs towards him and let go of the steering wheel when he saw that he could not do anything to stop the crash. Also, the marshals were agitated as they saw Heikki's helmet being red - which turned out to be paint from the tyrewall.
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PostPosted: 28 Apr 2008, 16:32  
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interesting facts iceman1, thanks :cheezy:

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PostPosted: 28 Apr 2008, 16:58  
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Also, the marshals were agitated as they saw Heikki's helmet being red - which turned out to be paint from the tyrewall.


That must have scared the marshals- was it just me or were the marshals a little slow yesterday - not just heikkis crash, but the yellow flags were out for an age when piquet crashed and rosberg retired

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Also, the marshals were agitated as they saw Heikki's helmet being red - which turned out to be paint from the tyrewall.


That must have scared the marshals- was it just me or were the marshals a little slow yesterday - not just heikkis crash, but the yellow flags were out for an age when piquet crashed and rosberg retired

I didn't notice, but you could be right :thumbsup:

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i hope this will be the last that we see of these racing incidents, but good for heikki that he's ok...a testament of the safety in today's formula 1 cars

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and lets hope that was this years serious accident (2005- ralf indy)(2007-kubica, montreal)

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PostPosted: 28 Apr 2008, 19:46  
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Just reading about the Heikki crash, i'm surprised they showed replays of it before they knew he was okay as i watched dtm last year when kristensen had a huge shunt and they didnt show replays of it incase he had been killed.

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PostPosted: 28 Apr 2008, 20:57  
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MacLaren and Ferrari have won the last 22 races? That is quite some dominance. I suspect we might have a BMW-Sauber or Renault victory at some point this year.
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The McLaren team are still analysing the rim, but they suspect that grit or gravel, caught between tyre and rim, may have cut into the metal until it failed. The jagged rim would then have sliced the tyre, causing the sudden deflation that pitched Kovalainen off the track.
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PostPosted: 28 Apr 2008, 21:54  
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From the f1 site: "McLaren have established that Kovalainen’s speed was approximately 240km/h when his front-left tyre deflated and about 130km/h when he hit the tyre barrier. He experienced a 27g deceleration. The team suspect a wheel-rim failure was to blame, but have yet to establish the exact cause."

Do you think that he was at 130km/h only when he hit the barrier??? :huh: I think it was quite faster than that... I did not see the car slowing down....
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