However, the drama began in the very first knockout period where British hopeful
The other big knockouts from the first session were Mark Webber (who had a blistering race in Monaco two weeks ago) and Jarno Trulli who suffered an engine related failure after setting only one lap.
The second phase of qualifying bought a little controversy in to the mix. Unfortuantely for UK viewers, we were denied footage of what exactly happened, but needless to say that
The third phase saw the typical burning off of fuel for the first 13 minutes, and then a display of fine motor driving in the final 7. Other than the top three, it is good to Felipe Massa getting nearer the sharp end, just out-qualifying Giancarlo Fisichella and a resurgent Rubens Barrichello. Ralf Schumacher’s Toyota is placed one slot above Juan’s McLaren (although that could change) and the top ten is nicely round off with the two BMW Saubers of Heidfeld and Villeneuve in 9th and 10th respectively. The BMWs are running well around the British circuit and reliability issues aside, they may just spring a surprise in tomorrows
And just a quick reminder for UK viewers, the race coverage will begin at 11.05am on Sunday, as opposed to the regular Midday norm.
Image courtesy of FernandoAlonso.com, and rather fitting I thought!