The tables turn at the Bahrain Grand Prix (SPOILER ALERT)

If you're a diehard fan, you might have gotten up at 7:30 am (Eastern Standard Time) to catch the Bahrain Grand Prix live. But if you're planning on catching the taped rerun or have the race TiVo'd, go no further. For everyone else, though, read on to find out how the tables turned for the leading F1 teams on the shores of the Persian Gulf.

Everyone who speculated that, after two dismal races at the start of the season, Felipe Massa might have lost his edge, were firmly put in their place as the Ferrari driver pulled out a spectacular performance to dominate the race virtually from start to finish. His team mate Kimi Raikkonen battled it out with the likes of countryman Heikki Kovalainen (McLaren) and Robert Kubica (BMW) to cross the finish line in second place, giving Raikkonen the lead in the drivers' championship with 19 points. The 1-2 finish for the Italian team, however, was not enough to catapult Ferrari into the lead in the constructors' championship, which is now topped by the BMW Sauber team who had a spectacular day under the Middle Eastern sun. Kubica took the first pole position for the team on Saturday in qualifying, emerging on the final step of the podium by the race's end. His team-mate Nick Heidfeld came in an impressive fourth place, ahead of Kovalainen's McLaren-Mercedes. But while BMW finally showed that it is a serious contender, things did not go so well for McLaren, the British team that came to Bahrain in the lead for both titles. Wunderkind Lewis Hamilton had qualified in 3rd place, only to drop a crushing seven positions at the start of the race before hitting former team-mate Fernando Alonso. Hamilton finally crossed the finish line in a shocking 13th place, a full lap after the Ferraris and behind even Force India's Giancarlo Fisichella.

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[Source: Autosport]



2008 Bahrain Grand Prix

1 Massa Ferrari
2 Raikkonen Ferrari
3 Kubica BMW Sauber
4 Heidfeld BMW Sauber
5 Kovalainen McLaren-Mercedes
6 Trulli Toyota
7 Webber Red Bull-Renault
8 Rosberg Williams-Toyota
9 Glock Toyota
10 Alonso Renault
11 Barrichello Honda
12 Fisichella Force India-Ferrari
13 Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes
14 Nakajima Williams-Toyota
15 Bourdais Toro Rosso-Ferrari
16 Davidson Super Aguri-Honda
17 Sato Super Aguri-Honda
18 Coulthard Red Bull-Renault
19 Sutil Force India-Ferrari

Fastest lap: Kovalainen, 1:33.193

Driver's Championship
(after three rounds)

1 Kimi Räikkönen 19
2 Nick Heidfeld 16
3 Lewis Hamilton 14
4 Robert Kubica 14
5 Heikki Kovalainen 14
6 Felipe Massa 10
7 Jarno Trulli 8
8 Nico Rosberg 7
9 Fernando Alonso 6
10 Mark Webber 4
11 Kazuki Nakajima 3
12 Sebastien Bourdais 2
13 David Coulthard 0
14 Timo Glock 0
15 Jenson Button 0
16 Rubens Barrichello 0
17 Nelsinho Piquet 0
18 Giancarlo Fisichella 0
19 Anthony Davidson 0
20 Takuma Sato 0
21 Adrian Sutil 0
22 Sebastian Vettel 0

Constructor's Championship
(after three rounds)

1 BMW 30
2 Ferrari 29
3 McLaren-Mercedes 28
4 Williams-Toyota 10
5 Toyota 8
6 Renault 6
7 Red Bull-Renault 4
8 STR-Ferrari 2
9 Honda 0
10 Force India-Ferrari 0
11 Super Aguri-Honda 0


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