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Championship Standings:
1 Nico Rosberg 220
2 Lewis Hamilton 191
3 Daniel Ricciardo 156
4 Fernando Alonso 121
5 Valtteri Bottas 110
6 Sebastien Vettel 98
7 Nico Hulkenberg 70
8 Jenson Button 68
9 Felipe Massa 40
10 Kimi Raikkonen 39
11 Kevin Magnussen 37
12 Sergio Perez 33
13 Jean-Eric Vergne 11
14 Romain Grosjean 8
15 Daniil Kyvat 8
16 Jules Bianchi 2
17 Adrian Sutil --
18 Marcus Ericsson --
19 Pastor Maldanado --
20 Esteban Gutierrez --
21 Max Chilton --
22 Kamui Kobayashi --
23 Andre Lotterer --

Wins:
1 Lewis Hamilton 5
2 Nico Rosberg 4
3 Daniel Ricciardo 3

Pole Positions:
1 Nico Rosberg 7
2 Lewis Hamilton 4
3 Felipe Massa 1

Podium Finishes
1 Nico Rosberg 10
2 Lewis Hamilton 9
3 Daniel Ricciardo 6
4 Valtteri Bottas 4
T5 Fernando Alonso 2
T5 Sebastian Vettel 2
T7 Jenson Button 1
T7 Kevin Magnussen 1
T7 Sergio Perez 1

Fastest Laps:
1 Nico Rosberg 5
2 Lewis Hamilton 3
T3 Sebastien Vettel 1
T3 Kimi Raikkonen 1
T3 Felipe Massa 1
T3 Sergio Perez 1

Laps Led:
1 Nico Rosberg 348
2 Lewis Hamilton 259
3 Daniel Ricciardo 71
4 Fernando Alonso 29
5 Felipe Massa 16
6 Sergio Perez 11
7 Valtteri Bottas 4
8 Jenson Button 1

Manufacturer Statistics:
Constructors Championship
:
1 Mercedes 411
2 Red Bull-Renault 254
3 Ferrari 160
4 Williams-Mercedes 150
5 Force-India Mercedes 103
6 McLaren-Mercedes 95
7 Toro Rosso-Renault 19
8 Lotus-Renault 8
9 Marussia-Ferrari 2
10 Sauber-Ferrari 0
11 Caterham-Renault 0

Wins
1 Mercedes 9
2 Red Bull 3

Pole Positions:
1 Mercedes 11
2 Williams 1
British GP: Kovalainen wins first F1 pole

Formula 1
Saturday, July 05, 2008

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Heikki Kovalainen celebrates his first pole
While his highly touted teammate Lewis Hamilton choked in front of his home crowd, McLaren Mercedes' Heikki Kovalainen won the pole position for Sunday's British GP at Silverstone.  Mark Webber was a surprise 2nd in his Red Bull Ferrari ahead of Ferrari ace Kimi Raikkonen.  It was Kovalainen's first-ever F1 pole and he was a full 1/2-second faster than Webber leading some to believe he may have been running light.

The packed grandstands heaved a sigh of anti-climax on Saturday as Hamilton, the overwhelming crowd favorite, failed even to qualify in the top three for the British grand prix.

When the pressure was on to produce, Hamilton choked....again.
Having been also outpaced by his McLaren teammate Heikki Kovalainen in the three pre-qualifying practice sessions at Silverstone, 23-year-old Hamilton was eight tenths adrift and just fourth on the grid.

Kovalainen, who will start from his first pole position possibly on a wet grid on Sunday, will be joined on the front row by the notably on-form Mark Webber, of Red Bull, who put in his best qualifying effort in two years.

The Independent newspaper reacted immediately with the observation that Kovalainen, a 26-year-old Finn, had put Hamilton "in the shade".

On Hamilton's first 'Q3' effort, he ran wide and into the gravel, prompting his engineer to plead with him to "not overdrive!  Do not overdrive!" he repeated.

"That warning went unheeded," a writer for The Daily Telegraph said.

Hamilton commented: "The last lap I felt was good but I think I did too hard an out lap and used up my tires.  But the fuel load and everything (for the race) is cool and the car felt good."

Team-by-team summary:

MCLAREN-MERCEDES
From the opening lap on Friday, Heikki Kovalainen - to start from the first pole position of his F1 career - has dominated the weekend so far.  His advantage over teammate Lewis Hamilton (P4) in qualifying, when the local hero ran into the gravel on his first Q3 run, was a cavernous eight tenths.  "Obviously I just pushed a little bit too hard and it's a pity that I missed the front row," the Briton said. 

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RED BULL-RENAULT
For the first time since 2006, Mark Webber - also P2 in the damp morning practice - is on the front row of the grid; a first for Red Bull.  "We're expecting to have some trouble keeping the Ferraris and McLarens behind us (in the race)," the Australian said.  David Coulthard lost track time with an oil leak in the morning and is P11.

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FERRARI
The red cars have been slightly off-color at Silverstone, but Kimi Raikkonen pulled out the third best time in Q3.  Championship leader Felipe Massa is a lowly P9 after a problem fitting a rear wheel in the decisive Q3.  "Compared with last week's test it seems we have taken a step backwards," said team official Luca Baldisserri.

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BMW-SAUBER
Light and shade in the BMW-Sauber pits; Nick Heidfeld showing some pace with P5, and Robert Kubica - despite looking just two tenths slower than the McLarens in Q1 and Q2 - ultimately stranded in P10 with some sort of technical fault at the rear of his car.

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RENAULT
Fernando Alonso topped the damp morning timesheet, and teammate Nelson Piquet was also top-6.  They will line up a promising P6 and 7 on Sunday's grid, with engineering boss Pat Symonds revealing both have "good fuel loads".

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TORO ROSSO-FERRARI
The bold letters atop Toro Rosso's post-qualifying press document exclaimed 'Best ever', in tribute to the consistently quick Sebastian Vettel's P8 on the grid, complemented by Sebastien Bourdais, a few tenths arrears as usual (P13).

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TOYOTA
Timo Glock (P12) has looked the measure of teammate Jarno Trulli (P14) at Silverstone, but the pair have not been competitive, despite a promising pre-race test here.  "I went for a wet setup in case we have a wet race tomorrow.  Now I just hope that will pay off," a disconsolate Trulli said.

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WILLIAMS-TOYOTA
A bad weekend and qualifying for Williams, with Nico Rosberg's oddly bouncing car dropping out in Q1, and Kazuki Nakajima (P15) faring little better.  "We've obviously been trying to find a solution to my suspension problem, but so far nothing has worked," Rosberg said.

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HONDA
Along with the slowest Force Indias and Rosberg's struggling Williams, both Rubens Barrichello and Jenson Button ignominiously dropped out in Q1, which at the very end was affected by a sprinkle of rain.  "I'm afraid that reflects the true potential of the car on a dry track," Barrichello said.

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FORCE INDIA
Giancarlo Fisichella, who spectacularly spun his car near the end of his last attempt and also had trouble with a loose engine cover, is last on the grid, just bettered by his teammate Adrian Sutil.  "We are not too far away from the others," Sutil said.

Results

POS DRIVER NATIONALITY ENTRANT TIME
1. Heikki Kovalainen Finland McLaren-Mercedes 1:21.049
2. Mark Webber Australia Red Bull-Renault 1:21.554
3. Kimi Raikkonen Finland Ferrari 1:21.706
4. Lewis Hamilton Britain McLaren-Mercedes 1:21.835
5. Nick Heidfeld Germany BMW Sauber 1:21.873
6. Fernando Alonso Spain Renault 1:22.029
7. Nelson Piquet Brazil Renault 1:22.491
8. Sebastian Vettel Germany Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:23.251
9. Felipe Massa Brazil Ferrari 1:23.305
10. Robert Kubica Poland BMW Sauber No Time
11. David Coulthard Britain Red Bull-Renault 1:20.174
12. Timo Glock Germany Toyota 1:20.274
13. Sebastien Bourdais France Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:20.531
14. Jarno Trulli Italy Toyota 1:20.601
15. Kazuki Nakajima Japan Williams-Toyota 1:21.112
16. Rubens Barrichello Brazil Honda 1:21.512
17. Jenson Button Britain Honda 1:21.631
18. Nico Rosberg Germany Williams-Toyota 1:21.667
19. Adrian Sutil Germany Force India-Ferrari 1:21.786
20. Giancarlo Fisichella Italy Force India-Ferrari 1:21.885

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