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China 2008 - Qualifying // Ready for the hour-long grid deciding session in Shanghai

Published by Christine

BMW have been known for mediocre Free Practice times that translate into solid performances for the rest of the weekend. Heidfeld is known for being behind Kubica the majority of the time. What does it mean, then, that Heidfeld pulled out all the stops in FP3 to top the timesheets by 0.074 seconds?

Hamilton would have wanted to lead all three sessions, but I'm sure he can console himself with being second in FP3. The McLaren looks superb at the moment, although both drivers did struggle to keep the car on track at various points throughout the sessions. The Ferrari boys don't appear to have any pace, not if you go by their latest times. However, Free Practice is not the be all and end all of everything, and it remains to be seen what will happen in the next hour.

Barrichello popped up into third at one point, and whilst he was pushed down to 11th by the time the session had finished, this is still an impressive showing from the Honda. He was in front of both Ferrari's, and Vettel, while Button held off Alonso for 15th in the timesheets. All very curious.

Webber suffered the indignity of a massive engine failure, the Red Bull pouring thick plumes of smoke from the back. This may be worrying for the other three Renault runners for the upcoming sessions, especially if they recall how dodgy the Renault power plant was earlier in the season.

Keeping everything mind, and of course the fact that there's a championship at stake here, I want your predictions. Who'll be on pole? Will there be any surprise knockouts? Will Massa manage to line up ahead of Hamilton? Share your thoughts in the Live Commenting Live... Thing.

Also, let us know where you are, how you're watching, and whether it's time for breakfast. 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. Who says we can't multitask? See you in the comments!




BMW have been known for mediocre Free Practice times that translate into solid performances for the rest of the weekend. Heidfeld is known for being behind Kubica the majority of the time.

Event start

07:00GMT +01:00

18 October 2008