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Post by Ross on Fri Mar 21, 2008 11:19 pm

You can now watch Friday practice live on ITV.com, which provides the perfect opportunity to write your own opinion on the outcome.
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Malaysian Grand Prix - Friday Practice

Post by Ross on Sat Mar 22, 2008 12:02 am

After a dismal weekend in Australia, when the pace of the F2008s was the only clear thing, Ferrari are looking for a comeback in Malaysia. And although they showed that they could match the McLarens over a race distance in speed, they confirmed their single lap speed on Friday. The Maranello-based team dominated the morning session, Massa leading world champion Raikkonen by a second, with McLaren's Heikki Kovalainen a further tenth of a second adrift.
McLaren looked as strong as ever, Hamilton and Kovalainen both at some point heading the timesheets. The Finn was the fastest McLaren in the morning however, clocking a best of 1m36.556s to team mate Hamilton's 1m36.626s. Williams' Nico Rosberg edged ahead of Lewis in the closing stages to take fourth, in an all-round successful first practice for the Grove squad. The young German has not had much luck at Malaysia in the past, retiring from sixth last year, and retiring from third on the grid with engine failure in 2006.
Red Bull had a disastrous Friday morning, Mark Webber suffering an engine failure, followed by a spin and a fire, and David Coulthard's RB4 losing two front wheels and shattering it's suspension following an excursion off the track at turn 13, resulting in an impact with the outside of the kerb. Red Bull have now been summoned by the FIA to prove the safety of it's suspension, after a similar incident involving Coulthard during the Australian Grand Prix last weekend.
The Scot's incident, in syncronisation with the Ferrari of Kimi Raikkonen running out of fuel on track, caused the session to be red flagged for 10 minutes.
Other performances worthy of mention:- Fernando Alonso and Nelsinho Piquet finished sixth and seventh respectively for Renault, and Jenson Button drove his Honda to ninth.

Friday Practice 1 Times:
1. MASSA Ferrari 1m35.392s
2. RAIKKONEN Ferrari 1m36.459s
3. KOVALAINEN McLaren 1m36.556s
4. ROSBERG Williams 1m36.578s
5. HAMILTON McLaren 1m36.626s
6. ALONSO Renault 1m37.022s
7. PIQUET Renault 1m37.034s
8. KUBICA BMW 1m37.218s
9. BUTTON Honda 1m37.282s
10. TRULLI Toyota 1m37.540s
11. HEIDFELD BMW 1m37.649s
12. NAKAJIMA Williams 1m37.649s
13. BARRICHELLO Honda 1m37.776s
14. GLOCK Toyota 1m37.782s
15. VETTEL Toro Rosso 1m38.219s
16. COULTHARD Red Bull 1m38.232s
17. WEBBER Red Bull 1m38.707s
18. BOURDAIS Toro Rosso 1m38.798s
19. FISICHELLA Force India 1m39.046s
20. SATO Super Aguri 1m40.178s
21. DAVIDSON Super Aguri 1m40.351s
22. SUTIL Force India 1m41.269s

Practice 2 was pretty uneventful, Sebastien Bourdais' Ferrari engine failing two hundred yards after leaving the pits, two minutes into the session, being perhaps the main excitement for the afternoon. Button and Honda had an all-round good day, the Brit managing an incredible fourth, ahead of a McLaren and two-time world champion Fernando Alonso, whose unreliable Renault limited him to 23 laps and fourteenth on the timesheets. Renault's morning pace appeared to be a one-off, with Nelson Piquet Jr finishing a place behind his team mate in second practice in fifteenth.
Ferrari once again appeared to have the strongest cars in the Malaysian heat, on a circuit that should have theoretically hosted a Ferrari 1-2 last year. The prancing horse was ahead of every other car, Raikkonen leading for the first hour, until Massa set five consecutive fastest laps to clock a best time of 1m35.206s. In the final fifteen minute scrabble for a competetive lap time for looks on the timesheet, Lewis Hamilton put a set of Bridgestone medium compounds, the softer of the two, and drove a lap of 1m35.055s, to top the timesheets.
Vettel's fifth in the Toro Rosso is also worth a mention, the German finishing five one-hundreths of a second ahead of McLaren's Heikki Kovalainen.

Friday Practice 2 Times:
1. HAMILTON McLaren 1m35.055s
2. MASSA Ferrari 1m35.206s
3. RAIKKONEN Ferrari 1m35.428s
4. BUTTON Honda 1m36.037s
5. VETTEL Toro Rosso 1m36.474s
6. TRULLI Toyota 1m36.493s
7. KOVALAINEN McLaren 1m36.512s
8. KUBICA BMW 1m36.671s
9. FISICHELLA Force India 1m36.756s
10. NAKAJIMA Williams 1m36.838s
11 BARRICHELLO Honda 1m36.879s
12. ROSBERG Williams 1m36.908s
13. HEIDFELD BMW 1m37.106s
14. ALONSO Renault 1m37.328s
15. PIQUET Renault 1m37.331s
16. WEBBER Red Bull 1m37.346s
17. GLOCK Toyota 1m37.512s
18. SUTIL Force India 1m37.614s
19. SATO Super Aguri 1m39.021s
20. DAVIDSON Super Aguri 1m39.361s
21. BOURDAIS Toro Rosso no time
22. COULTHARD Red Bull no time
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Re: Race, Qualifying and Testing Reviews

Post by James on Mon Mar 31, 2008 3:17 pm

Ross wrote:You can now watch Friday practice live on ITV.com, which provides the perfect opportunity to write your own opinion on the outcome.


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Re: Race, Qualifying and Testing Reviews

Post by Mike on Tue Apr 01, 2008 12:35 am

Thanks for that valuable input..

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Re: Race, Qualifying and Testing Reviews

Post by James on Tue Apr 01, 2008 2:45 pm

Mike wrote:Thanks for that valuable input..

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