Prix: Raikkonen takes pole, Lewis Hamilton crash
Kimi Raikkonen took the
pole position for the start of the European Grand Prix on
Sunday, Lewis Hamilton unhurt after crash.
Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen was the fastest F-1 driver and
took the pole for the start of the European Grand Prix tomorrow.
Raikkonen was 31.450 seconds faster than McLaren's Fernando
Alonso and team-mate Felipe Massa.
But the final of the qualifier was delayed
half an hour after Lewis Hamilton crashed into the barriers.
Hamilton suffered a front wheel failure entering turn 8 and the
McLaren bounced over the gravel trap before impacting hard into
the tire wall. Medical personnel rushed to the scene, the
British driver gave the thumbs up while being carried away on a
stretcher. Later the medics confirmed that Hamilton did not
sustain any serious injuries after the crash. If found fit to
race on Sunday, Lewis Hamilton will start the European Grand
Prix at the 10th position.
Following the crash, betting odds on Lewis
Hamilton were immediately adjusted. The U.K. online sportsbook
Bet365 (new window) offers 25/1
on the Formula 1 driver, and the North American
Bookmaker (new window) had him listed at +300 to win
the European Grand Prix, if he takes part in the race.
The British sportsbooks has Kimi Raikkonen
favorite to win at 4/6, followed by Fernando Alonso 2/1 and
Felipe Massa paying out 9/2. Bookmaker's odds on Kimi Raikkonen
are -115, +200 on Fernando Alonso and +240 on Felipe Massa.
The 2007 European Grand Prix will start on
Sunday, July 21st at 2:00pm local time. Here are the first 10
drivers starting at the race on Sunday:
1 Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari
2 Fernando Alonso McLaren-Mercedes
3 Felipe Massa Ferrari
4 Nick Heidfeld BMW
5 Robert Kubica BMW
6 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault
7 Heikki Kovalainen Renault
8 Jarno Trulli Toyota
9 Ralf Schumacher Toyota
10 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes
Published on 07/21/2007