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Brazil 2008 - Qualifying - Can Fernando Alonso turn a fastest FP3 time into pole position?

Published by Christine

Alonso did it again! He jumped from a relatively normal position on the timesheets to the very, very top in the dying moments of Free Practice 3. Now, either he has really found some pace, or he's just messing with everyone's heads, and either way, I'm loving it. I can't wait to see what he can manage to achieve in qualifying. The Ferrari / McLaren battle was won by the boys from Woking today, as the Italian team had Massa in 4th, but Räikkönen all the way down in 12th.

The weather was nice and dry, as predicted, and it looks like we'll see more of the same for our drivers. The humidity is quite high, but temperatures are not soaring as you would expect from Brazil. With the anti-clockwise track, I'm sure everyone is thanking their lucky stars, and we haven't seen anyone looking particularly under strain just yet.

Things to watch out for in qualifying include Alonso, as I mentioned above, but also Kovalainen. He's determined to try and prove that he can be useful to McLaren, and said his aim is to win the race. This is quite a lofty ambition considering recent performance, but with unknown conditions expected, starting from pole position could be useful. Vettel also seems to be hovering in the top ten, and could play an important part in proceedings today, and Webber is outshining his retiring teammate in rather unfortunate style.

Elsewhere, Kubica was complaining about his car (what's new), narrowing the problem down to aero, which isn't exactly helpful. Heidfeld seemed a lot happier with his machinery today than he was yesterday, and finished FP3 up in 6th place, just ahead of Bourdais. The Williams boys don't seem to be having a good weekend at all, and neither do Honda, although the latter have admitted they weren't expecting to be fast anyway.

We'll be in the Live Commenting Live... Thing, keeping our fingers crossed that the site manages to stay up for the full hour. Please join us and give us your predictions for qualifying, let us know who you thinks going to be strong, and who's going to fall at the first hurdle.

Thankfully, ITV do know about qualifying so we will be watching that, whilst looking at the live timing, and probably tuning in to 5live as well. Live Timing appeared to have it sussed today, so hopefully we can rely on it for accurate information. See you in the comments!




Alonso did it again! He jumped from a relatively normal position on the timesheets to the very, very top in the dying moments of Free Practice 3. Now, either he has really found some pace, or he's just messing with everyone's heads, and either way, I'm loving it.

Event start

16:00GMT +00:00

1 November 2008