Round 14 of the FIA Formula 1 World Championship and the only new track of the season, and on first impressions after qualifying it's looking like a bit of a cracker. I have to admit, I'm quite impressed with Herr Tilke's new track, it certainly seems to be a lot more challenging than his other circuits. A lot of this has to do with the topography of the location of course, but even then he appears to have heavily referenced other racing tracks.... notably Interlagos, Jerez/Estoril and even a little bit of Suzuka are reminiscent in it's form. McLaren have looked immensely strong all weekend, reconfirming that they still have the quickest package on the grid. Kimi doing the deed with a remarkably measured and reserved lap to stick it on pole, with Montoya still able to snatch a second row grid slot even with the handicap of going out very early in the session. Renault look composed, although lacking the raw pace of the McLaren, with Fisichella just edging out Alonso, expect to see Fisi suffer an unexpected pit 'problem' sometime tomorrow. It's also quite incredible that after only 2 days running, it already has an established corner of notoriety within it's layout. The turn 8 sequence. catching out Villeneuve, Sato, Button, and the Schu brothers. The notables from that is Sato and Schumacher Snr, both were quite strange incidents (unlike Villeneuve and Button who were over driving) Sato appeared to just understeer off the circuit on the entry to the corner, in an incident that from some angles reminded me of Senna's crash at Imola in '94, and Schumacher making it through the sequence only to swap ends on turn 9 in one of the most bizarre spins I've seen. Anyway, I think the race should be a cracker, the circuit looks like it offers up different lines on certain corners, and compounded with the bumpy nature, turn 8 and the anti-clockwise direction (some drivers might suffer fitness issues) then we should see some good racing. Qualifying 1. Räikkönen 2. Fisichella 3. Alonso 4. Montoya 5. Trulli 6. Heidfeld 7. Webber 8. Massa Race prediction 1. Räikkönen (easily if his car and neck can hold out) 2. Alonso 3. Montoya 4. Fisichella (mysterious pit issue will rule him out) 5. Heidfeld 6. Schu Jr 7. Button 8. Massa Thoughts?