Australian GP: Bridgestone Saturday qualifying notes

Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari) has taken the first pole position of the 2007 FIA Formula One World Championship. The Finn was fastest in the first and final qualifying sessions as well as the morning's practice session. Fernando Alonso (McLaren ...

Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari) has taken the first pole position of the 2007 FIA Formula One World Championship. The Finn was fastest in the first and final qualifying sessions as well as the morning's practice session.

Fernando Alonso (McLaren Mercedes) will start Sunday's Grand Prix at Albert Park from second on the grid, the Spaniard was the fastest in the second qualifying session, setting the fastest lap time of the day.

Nick Heidfeld (BMW Sauber) will start from third on the grid with Lewis Hamilton (McLaren Mercedes) alongside him. Takuma Sato impressed with tenth position for Super Aguri in their second season.

Kees van de Grint, Bridgestone Motorsport Head of Track Engineering Operations:

"It pleases me that seven different teams are in the top ten confirming that we have provided all of the teams with similar information. Judging by the lap times shown in Qualifying 2 we could be in for an exciting race. It was good to see that our predictions with the different compounds proved correct."

"The medium tyre did everything we expected, providing reasonable grip with good consistency. The soft tyre was definitely quicker by a margin, as was shown by everyone in the top ten using it. How to use the two different specifications in the race will certainly keep the teams' strategists very busy. As is normal with a softer tyre the degradation is higher, although the amount of graining we have seen with the track today was less than yesterday, as the track has improved."

Stats of the Day
Total amount of laps completed by all drivers:615 laps
Average number of laps per car: 28 laps
Most laps by a driver: 39 - Heidfeld, Fisichella, Trulli
Fastest lap: 1:25.326 - Alonso in Q2
Compounds: medium and soft
Number Bridgestone tyre fitters on event: 22

-credit: bridgestone

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Takuma Sato , Nick Heidfeld , Kimi Raikkonen , Fernando Alonso
Teams Ferrari , Mercedes , Sauber , McLaren