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Sunday, May 25, 2008
2008 Monaco Grand Prix Qualifying
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Ferrari Takes The Front Row In Qualifying

Although there were clouds in the sky and it looked like rain was imminent, it stayed dry for the qualifying session of the Monaco Grand Prix on Saturday, allowing Felipe Massa to take the pole position in his Ferrari for tomorrow's Formula 1 Grand Prix. Kimi Raikkonen was fractions of a second behind Massa's qualifying time, giving Ferrari a 1-2 front row on the grid. Britain's Lewis Hamilton was third on the grid in his Vodafone McLaren Mercedes. Earlier Hamilton appeared to be set to take the pole position and repeat his performance from Thursday's practice session, but he had difficulty in the middle sections of the circuit and lost time to the Ferrari's. Hamilton qualified 1m15.839 in his Vodafone McLaren Mercedes, just 52 thousandths of a second behind pole sitter Massa in the Ferrari.

Lewis Hamilton said "Obviously I would have preferred to be on the pole, but I am pleased with how the car felt and our strategy. The team did a solid job and I didn't have any problems with traffic. My two flying laps in the final part of qualifying were good, but I lost a bit of time in the second sector, because I lacked a bit of traction accelerating out of turn eight, and in the third sector, at the last corners, I did not brake as late as I should. But we have a good strategy, and I am quite confident for the race - tomorrow anything can happen, particularly with the weather forecast promising rain."

Everyone was given a scare today when David Coulthard's Red Bull car swerved right violently into the steel barriers after braking when exiting the tunnel at approximately 185 mph. The force of the accident broke off the right wheel and eventually the left as well. Coulthard was lucky to escape unhurt because the car had not decelerated much after exiting the tunnel and he flew down the run off section without colliding into any fixed barriers further. It was amazing to hear him give an interview ten minutes after the accident, and all are thankful that he was ok.

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