Qualifying with the new double elimination format is very exciting this year.  Combine that with the impressive showing of the Williams Cosworth and Nico Rosberg's third place grid position, this is starting out to be a pretty good year in F1. 

Now Rosberg is pretty happy with his grid position but everyone else is being jumbled about because of the 10 place penalty for changing engines.  No less than five drivers - David Coulthard of Red Bull, Felippe Massa of Ferrari, Michael Schumacher of Ferrari, Ralph Schumacher of Toyota, and Rubens Barrichello of Honda - have all been put 10 places down the grid from their actual qualifying time for changing engines. 

David Coulthard is rightfully upset with the rule that says a race engine must last two race weekends or you incur a 10-place gird pentalty for the next race.  His engine started dying on the last lap of the Bahrain Grand Prix but he crossed the finish line.  Since he completed the race but needed to change his engine, he is down 10 places.  Jacques Villeneuve, whose engine expired on lap 20 of the Bahrain Grand Prix gets a new engine with no penatly.  I see David's point but he's stuck with the rules the way they are for now.  Maybe they can change things for next year.

In all the confusion, Canada's favourite son, Jacques Villeneuve, moved up from 14th to 10th on the grid, but, more importantly, is also ahead of his teammate.  Hopefully he can make up a few more places during the race and score some points for BMW.

The official qualifying times were:

 P. No  Driver       Team - Engine   Tyres    Times      Ave/Gaps
 1.  2  FISICHELLA   Renault           M   1'33"840  212.647 Km/h  
 2. 12  BUTTON       Honda             M   1'33"986    + 0'00"146  
 3. 10  ROSBERG      Williams Cosworth B   1'34"626    + 0'00"786  
 4.  5  M.SCHUMACHER Ferrari           B   1'34"668    + 0'00"828  
 5.  9  WEBBER       Williams Cosworth B   1'34"672    + 0'00"832  
 6.  4  MONTOYA      McLaren Mercedes  M   1'34"916    + 0'01"076  
 7.  3  RAIKKONEN    McLaren Mercedes  M   1'34"983    + 0'01"143  
 8.  1  ALONSO       Renault           M   1'35"747    + 0'01"907  
 9. 15  KLIEN        RedBull Ferrari   M   1'38"715    + 0'04"875 
10.  7  R.SCHUMACHER Toyota            B   1'34"586               


11. 14  COULTHARD    RedBull Ferrari   M   1'34"614               
12. 11  BARRICHELLO  Honda             M   1'34"683               
13.  8  TRULLI       Toyota            B   1'34"702               
14. 17  VILLENEUVE   BMW Sauber        M   1'34"752               
15. 16  HEIDFELD     BMW Sauber        M   1'34"783               
16.  6  MASSA        Ferrari           B   1'35"091               

17. 21  SPEED        Toro Rosso Cosw.  M   1'36"297               
18. 20  LIUZZI       Toro Rosso Cosw.  M   1'36"581               
19. 19  ALBERS       Midland Toyota    B   1'37"426               
20. 18  MONTEIRO     Midland Toyota    B   1'37"819               
21. 22  SATO         S. Aguri F1 Honda B   1'39"011               
22. 23  IDE          S. Aguri F1 Honda B   1'40"720               

However, the actual grid starting positions for the race (at 60 minutes before the start) are:

 P. No  Driver       Team - Engine
 1.  2  FISICHELLA   Renault
 2. 12  BUTTON       Honda  
 3. 10  ROSBERG      Williams Cosworth 
 4.  9  WEBBER       Williams Cosworth 
 5.  4  MONTOYA      McLaren Mercedes  
 6.  3  RAIKKONEN    McLaren Mercedes  
 7.  1  ALONSO       Renault        
 8. 15  KLIEN        RedBull Ferrari
 9.  8  TRULLI       Toyota          
10. 17  VILLENEUVE   BMW Sauber
11. 16  HEIDFELD     BMW Sauber
12. 21  SPEED        Toro Rosso Cosw.
13. 20  LIUZZI       Toro Rosso Cosw.
14.  5  M.SCHUMACHER Ferrari   
15. 19  ALBERS       Midland Toyota  
16. 18  MONTEIRO     Midland Toyota  
17. 22  SATO         S. Aguri F1 Honda 
18. 23  IDE          S. Aguri F1 Honda
19. 14  COULTHARD    RedBull Ferrari
20. 11  BARRICHELLO  Honda          
21.  6  MASSA        Ferrari        
22.  7  R.SCHUMACHER Toyota  

Quite the shakeup!!  We'll see how Massa, the Schumacher brothers and the others do in slicing their way further up the field.  Should be fun to watch!!