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Robert Kubica has claimed his first ever F1 win with a fantastic drive for BMW Sauber

It was also the first ever win for the BMW Sauber team, so its a double celebration today

Lewis Hamilton & Kimi Raikkonen both scored no points after Hamilton went straight into the back of Raikkonen after exiting the pitlane during a safety car incident. Raikkonen and Kubica were both exiting the pitlane, and stopped at the exit because the red light was flashing, but Hamilton didn’t stop and ended up in the back of raikkonen, taking them both out of the race. Raikkonen then jumped out of his car, and showed hamilton the red light still flashing. Hamilton said he has since apologised to Raikkonen for the incident.

Nick Heidfeld, took second place and David Coulthard was third for Red Bull, it’s been a while since he was last on the podium.
Timo Glock took fourth place, the best result of his first full F1 season, and Felipe Massa was an eventful fifth.
Barrichello, who now has the most ever starts in F1 History, was leading the race at one point for a few laps, then had to pit for fuel. But he still mamaged to bring the Honda home in 7th place.
Kubica is now top of the Drivers’ World championship, four points clear of Hamilton, and BMW Sauber is now top the Constructor’s title race.

Race Result : 

1.  KUBICA       BMW                 
2.  HEIDFELD     BMW           +16.4s
3.  COULTHARD    Red Bull      +23.3s
4.  GLOCK        Toyota        +42.6s
5.  MASSA        Ferrari       +43.9s
6.  TRULLI       Toyota        +47.7s
7.  BARRICHELLO  Honda         +53.5s
8.  VETTEL       Toro Rosso    +54.1s
9.  KOVALAINEN   McLaren       +54.4s
10. ROSBERG      Williams      +57.7s
11. BUTTON       Honda         +67.5s
12. WEBBER       Red Bull      +71.2s
13. BOURDAIS     Toro Rosso    +1 lap
R.  FISICHELLA   Force India   +19 laps
R.  NAKAJIMA     Williams      +24 laps
R . ALONSO       Renault       +26 laps
R.  PIQUET       Renault       +31 laps
R.  RAIKKONEN    Ferrari       +51 laps
R.  HAMILTON     McLaren       +51 laps
R.  SUTIL        Force India   +57 laps


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Lewis Hamilton has won the Monaco grand prix.

Hamilton finished just 3 seconds ahead of Robert Kubica with Felipe Massa 3rd
This was Hamilton’s second win of the season and the sixth of his career.
Mark Webber was fourth. Kimi Raikkonen had a race of accidents and incidents and finished ninth, failing to score a point. This left Hamilton on top of the title race again for the first time since the season opening race in Australia. He has 38 points now with Raikkonen on 35 second and Massa third on 34. Hamilton made a great start and found a way past Raikkonen going into the first corner.
The rain caused big problems at the start of the race which involved Hamilton himself smashing into the barriers on lap six at Tabac. His rear right tyre was left hanging as he returned to the pits.
David Coulthard had climbed from 15th to the top ten by now but the rain played havoc with the race for several minutes as Alonso, followed by Coulthard and Sebastian Bourdais crashed off into the barriers at Massenet. Then Raikkonen was given a ‘drive-through’ penalty because Ferrari had failed to fit his car’s tyres properly more than three minutes before the start of the race.
After he had performed his punishment, the running order at the top was Massa followed by Kubica and then Hamilton who had pitted and recovered.
As the track dried out, Hamilton had to decide what tyres to change to, and chose dry ones, and came out with a 30 second lead over 2nd placed Kubica
With 17 laps remaining, Nico Rosberg caused the second Safety Car intervention when he lost control in the swimming pool complex and wrecked his car in a massive accident.
When racing resumed, Hamilton raced clear but on lap 68 Raikkonen made a big mistake and lost control of his car as he came out of the tunnel and ran into the back of Sutil, who was running in an excellent 4th place
Both drivers had to pit for repairs, but Sutil was forced to retire while Raikkonen rejoined in 9th place.

So we now move on to Canada in 2 weeks time, with Hamilton once again leading the world championship by 3 points.

Monaco GP Result – 76 laps

1.  HAMILTON     McLaren       
2.  KUBICA       BMW           +3.0s
3.  MASSA        Ferrari       +4.8s
4.  WEBBER       Red Bull      +19.2s
5.  VETTEL       Toro Rosso    +24.6s
6.  BARRICHELLO  Honda         +28.4s
7.  NAKAJIMA     Williams      +30.1s
8.  KOVALAINEN   McLaren       +33.1s
9.  RAIKKONEN    Ferrari       +33.7s
10. ALONSO       Renault       +1 lap
11. BUTTON       Honda         +1 lap
12. GLOCK        Toyota        +1 lap
13. TRULLI       Toyota        +1 lap
14. HEIDFELD     BMW           +4 laps
R.  SUTIL        Force India   +9 laps
R . ROSBERG      Williams      +17 laps
R.  PIQUET       Renault       +29 laps
R.  FISICHELLA   Force India   +40 laps
R.  COULTHARD    Red Bull      +69 laps
R.  BOURDAIS     Toro Rosso    +69 laps


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Rumours in the F1 paddocks are that Ferrari and Renault are looking into the services of Robert Kubica.
Kubica has been a big star in the 2008 season so far for BMW Sauber, already securing a pole position, and currently third in the drivers’ championship classification.
The German newspaper Bild claims that officials both for Renault and Ferrari have made enquiries as to how long Kubica is under contract to BMW. 
It is understood that he is committed to BMW Sauber only until 2009, then an option to extend the deal can only be made by mutual consent.

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Robert Kubica has claimed his 1st ever F1 pole.

He has also claimed BMW Sauber’s 1st ever pole position

Massa had been fastest right up to the last few seconds, Hamilton managed 3rd after his big crash yesterday.

Jenson Button can be proud of his Honda team, after managing a fantastic 9th position, ahead of former world champion Alonso who was 10th.

Pole Position Shootout :

1.  KUBICA        BMW           1m33.096s
2.  MASSA         Ferrari       1m33.123s
3.  HAMILTON      McLaren       1m33.292s
4.  RAIKKONEN     Ferrari       1m33.418s
5.  KOVALAINEN    McLaren       1m33.488s
6.  HEIDFELD      BMW           1m33.737s
7.  TRULLI        Toyota        1m33.994s
8.  ROSBERG       Williams      1m34.015s
9.  BUTTON        Honda         1m35.057s
10. ALONSO        Renault       1m35.115s

Qualifying 2 :

1.  MASSA         Ferrari       1m31.188s
2.  KOVALAINEN    McLaren       1m31.718s
3.  KUBICA        BMW           1m31.745s
4.  HEIDFELD      BMW           1m31.909s
5.  HAMILTON      McLaren       1m31.922s
6.  RAIKKONEN     Ferrari       1m31.933s
7.  TRULLI        Toyota        1m32.159s
8.  ROSBERG       Williams      1m32.185s
9.  ALONSO        Renault       1m32.345s
10. BUTTON        Honda         1m32.362s

Knocked Out:
11. WEBBER        Red Bull      1m32.371s
12. BARRICHELLO   Honda         1m32.508s
13. GLOCK         Toyota        1m32.528s
14. PIQUET        Renault       1m32.790s
15. BOURDAIS      Toro Rosso    1m32.915s
16. NAKAJIMA      Williams      1m32.943s

Qualifying 1 :

1.  MASSA         Ferrari       1m31.937s
2.  TRULLI        Toyota        1m32.227s
3.  RAIKKONEN     Ferrari       1m32.652s
4.  HAMILTON      McLaren       1m32.750s
5.  BUTTON        Honda         1m32.793s
6.  GLOCK         Toyota        1m32.800s
7.  KUBICA        BMW           1m32.893s
8.  ROSBERG       Williams      1m32.903s
9.  BARRICHELLO   Honda         1m32.944s
10. ALONSO        Renault       1m32.947s
11. PIQUET        Renault       1m32.975s
12. KOVALAINEN    McLaren       1m33.057s
13. HEIDFELD      BMW           1m33.137s
14. WEBBER        Red Bull      1m33.194s
15. NAKAJIMA      Williams      1m33.386s
16. BOURDAIS      Toro Rosso    1m33.415s

Knocked Out:
17. COULTHARD     Red Bull      1m33.433s
18. FISICHELLA    Force India   1m33.501s
19. VETTEL        Toro Rosso    1m33.562s
20. SUTIL         Force India   1m33.845s
21. DAVIDSON      Super Aguri   1m34.140s
22. SATO          Super Aguri   1m35.725s

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Heidfeld With New Nose Design

Kubica With New Nose Design

 BMW Sauber showed off a new front nose design while testing at the Valencia circuit on Tuesday.
The new design features wing looking flaps that are joined to the upper nose cone of the F1.08

The same design is also being used today on the F1.08 driven by Robert Kubica

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Robert Kubica

Testing continued today for the BMW Sauber squad in Valencia. In the morning the team lost some time due to a mechanical problem with the power steering on Nick Heidfeld’s car.However, later on he continued with set-up work on the F1.08 and was able to cover 91 laps. Team-mate Robert Kubica completed 42 laps in the F1.07. “Apart from this morning we had no noteworthy reliability problems during the four days,” explained Technical Director Willy Rampf. “We were able to complete many laps with the new car and managed to collect a lot of valuable data.”“We have a base line for determining the programme for next week’s test.

We are only just starting out and have a fair amount of work to do to find the ideal settings for the new car,” he added.
BMW Sauber will be testing again in Valencia from Tuesday to Thursday next week.

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Nick Heidfeld

The BMW Sauber team had a productive day of work at the Valencia circuit on Thursday as they continued with the first test with the new F1.08.
BMW were hindered by poor weather yesterday but, despite some gusty winds in the afternoon today, the team managed to complete the scheduled programme.
Nick Heidfeld was the man in charge of working with the new car, covering a total of 117 laps as the team began making changes in the mechanical and aero set-up to check the car’s reactions.
Meanwhile, Marko Asmer drove last year’s car for a total of 76 laps.
Heidfeld will continue to drive the new car in tomorrow’s final session at Valencia, while teammate Robert Kubica will replace Asmer in the F1.07.

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