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Räikkönen secures Ferrari's 200th pole position // Ferrari's lock out the front row in France

Published by Christine Blachford

Räikkönen secures Ferrari's 200th pole position

This is F1Minute for the 21st June 2008.

Kimi Räikkönen has secured Ferrari’s 200th pole position today, with Felipe Massa helping the team lock out the front row.

Free Practice 3 was slightly bizarre with Nelson Piquet topping the timesheets, so that gave nothing away as to what would happen in qualifying. The first two sessions saw nothing out of the ordinary, except for Heidfeld struggling to get out of 18th position. He finally managed to pull his BMW into 12th in the nick of time. Other than that the bottom of the timesheets saw team mates sticking together. Force India’s last, then both Honda drivers, both Williams and Toro Rossos.

At the top, Hamilton and Alonso followed the Ferrari’s, but with Hamilton’s ten place grid drop, that promotes Alonso to third. Kovalainen in the other McLaren also suffered at the hands of the stewards, being handed a five place grid drop for impeding Mark Webber on a hot lap.

Finally, on that subject, Räikkönen was fined 5,000 Euros for turning up late to the driver’s post-practice meeting on Friday.

That’s all for today, join me again tomorrow for another F1Minute.