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Ferrari one-two in Barcelona

Kimi Raikkonen duly won the Spanish Grand Prix in Barcelona after an emphatic weekend of driving.

His team-mate Felipe Massa in the other Ferrari made it a one-two.

Lewis Hamilton, out of sorts this season, showed both class and courage to rise from fifth on the grid to third place in a fractious race.

He avoided another clash with arch-rival Fernando Alonso by patiently waiting for him to make a pit-stop in his under-achieving Renault.

Full results are:
1, K Raikkonen (Fin, Ferrari) 1hr 38min 19.051sec; 2, F Massa (Br, Ferrari) 1:38:22.251; 3, L Hamilton (GB, McLaren Mercedes) 1:38:23.151; 4, R Kubica (Pol, BMW Sauber) 1:38:24.651; 5, M Webber (Aus, Red Bull Renault) 1:38:54.951; 6, J Button (GB, Honda) 1:39:12.051; 7, K Nakajima (Japan, Williams Toyota) 1:39:17.251; 8, J Trulli (It, Toyota) 1:39:18.451; 9, N Heidfeld (Ger, BMW Sauber) 1:39:22.051; 10, G Fisichella (It, Force India Ferrari); 11, T Glock (Ger, Toyota); 12, D Coulthard(GB, Red Bull Renault); 13, T Sato (Japan, Super Aguri Honda) all one lap behind.

Championship positions
Drivers: 1, Raikkonen 29pts; 2, Hamilton 20; 3, Kubica 19; 4, Massa 18; 5, Heidfeld 16; 6, Kovalainen 14; 7, Trulli 9; 8, Webber 8; 9, Rosberg 7; 10, Alonso 6; 11, Nakajima 5; 12, Button 3; 13, Bourdais 2.

Constructors: 1, Ferrari 47pts; 2, BMW Sauber 35; 3, McLaren Mercedes 34; 4, Williams Toyota 12; 5, Toyota 9; 6, Red Bull Renault 8; 7, Renault 6; 8, Honda 3; 9, Scuderia Toro Rosso Ferrari 2.

It’s still all to play for this season, with Hamilton quite capable of overtaking a nine points lead. But McLaren will have to start matching the Ferrari’s current pace and power.

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Lewis Hamilton woes continue

Kimi Raikkonen Kimi Raikkonen stole pole position from Fernando Alonso in the final moments of the qualifying session for tomorrow’s Spanish Grand Prix at Barcelona.

On the second row of the grid are Raikkonen’s team-mate Felipe Massa and the BMW Sauber of Robert Kubica.

Lewis Hamilton is fifth, a far cry from his glory days last season.

McLaren team-mate Heikki Kovalainen is in sixth, while the Red Bull of Mark Webber is in seventh with Jarno Trulli eighth in a Toyota.

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Lewis Hamilton nightmare goes on

The Bahrain Grand Prix turned into yet another self-imposed defeat for Lewis Hamilton — as was amply prefigured in the qualifying sessions.

Hamilton increasing resembles the nursery rhyme character who, “When she was good, she was very, very good. When she was bad, she was horrid”.

In Bahrain, Lewis Hamilton was horrid. What’s more he knows it.

Starting third on the grid, he appeared glued to it as other cars drove around him. Then he crashed into old antagonist Fernando Alonso in the Renault, before finishing out of the points in a dismal 13th place. There were strong suspicions that Alonso had brake-tested him, but the McLaren driver would not be drawn on that.

Felipe Massa, overcoming a barrage of criticism on his abilities, led a Ferrari one-two.

But Hamilton is the story yet again. Asked how disappointed he was, he replied, “It was a disaster. I let the team down today. It went badly from the beginning. As a professional you start off badly and you need to pick up the pieces and deliver points. I didn’t do any of that for the team.

“I had a collision with Fernando which cost the whole race. I am always the first to blame myself. That’s the right way to go.”

BMW now leads the Constructors’ Championship, continuing a very unpredictable season. Maybe Hamilton needs a spell in Max Mosley’s torture chamber.

Barcelona is next and could be make-or-break for the English driver.

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Lewis Hamilton shunts in Bahrain practice

Lewis Hamilton Lewis Hamilton crashed his McLaren into a tyre barrier at speed during today’s practice session for Sunday’s Bahrain Grand Prix.

Despite being shaken up he ended with the fourth-quickest time, almost 1.5 seconds down on Ferrari’s Felipe Massa.

Judging by these events, Massa looks to be the man to beat in the race proper. He has been criticized for not being able to handle the new rules on drivers’ aids in the cars.

His best lap time of one minute 31.240 seconds was said to be a whole second quicker than his pole position lap of a year ago.

World champion team-mate Kimi Raikkonen was almost a second down, with Heikki Kovalainen third in his McLaren, just edging Hamilton into fourth.

BMW Sauber’s Robert Kubica posted the fifth-best lap, followed by Nico Rosberg for Williams, David Coulthard in his Red Bull, the second Williams of Kazuki Nakajima, Toro Rosso’s Sebastien Bourdais and the Renault of Nelson Piquet.

Jenson Button was 11th in his Honda, with Super Aguri’s Anthony Davidson bringing up the rear over four seconds down.

You make your own luck, it’s said. Hamilton seems to swing from extremely fortunate to desperately unlucky. Given his car is very reliable, he needs to stabilize his performance now if he’s to live up to last season’s sensational start to his career.

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