A bit late with this one... but the weathers damn fine, so I've been out playing So then... just finished watching Qualifying 1 for the Bahrain Grand Prix, and nice to see Schumacher bang up there again a lot higher than I would have predicted had I got around to my usual pre qualifying thread yesterday. According to Martin Brundle, Bahrain is the first time that the F2005 has been run in proper configuration with Bridgestones 2005 spec tyres (Ferrari had apparently been running 2004 spec tyres in the first 2 races according to some reports) and the F2005 is showing some excellent pace and consistency, although I have to agree with Brundle when he passed comment that the car looked less than properly set up, compared to what we're used to seeing from Ferrari. Schumacher really did make it stick though, monster lap. For the 2nd race in succession Toyota have looked genuinely fast, with Trulli once again extracting everything possible over the one lap, Schu Jr. making a small mistake that cost him dear, but expect him to make up some places in final qualifying. And considering their consistency in Malaysia 2 weeks ago, they should be competitive in the race tomorrow. A bit of a mixed session again for Renault, with Alonso looking fast, Fisichella less so. Obviously it's a little early in the season to make such judgements but Alonso really is making Fisichella look somewhat ordinary (had Oz quali not shafted Alonso I suspect he probably would have won that as well) yet Alonso himself was made to look somewhat ordinary by Trulli last season, either way... Fisichella's stock is in danger of going down unless he starts matching his teammate soon. Quick Nick continues his ascendence, and is putting pressure on Webber in the process. I think the biggest surprise is yet again we find that the McLaren's aren't performing to what the cars seem capable of. The performance of the McLaren drivers certainly seems to be a subject of much paddock discussion if the ITV team are to be believed, but certainly Australia and Malaysia were both compromised by driver errors and comments from Ron Dennis suggest that's he's not especially happy with either of his race drivers at the moment. Pedro de la Rosa had a suitably impressive debut, even though he had the disadvantage of going out first, but to be that close to Kimi is very, very impressive considering the circumstances. It'll be interesting to see how he performs in final qualifying tomorrow to see if he can edge Kimi, but either way... he's closer to Kimi then Montoya has been so far this season and that must be raising some eyebrows. So then... predictions. Qualifying 2. 1. Alonso 2. Schumacher 3. Trulli 4. Fisichella 5. Heidfeld 6. Webber 7. Räikkönen 8. Pedro de la Rosa Race. 1. Schumacher (I'm going to stick my neck out) 2. Alonso 3. Fisichella 4. Trulli 5. Heidfeld 6. Räikkönen 7. Webber 8. Pedro de la Rosa Thoughts?