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Friday, April 4, 2008

Friday in Bahrain

Felipe Massa set out to silence the critics by posting the top time in Friday practice.

Massa was followed by teammate Kimi Raikonnen and Nico Rosberg, who seemed to prove that Williams’ speed in Melbourne was no one-off.

Lewis Hamilton managed the fourth best time of the day, but also suffered a big shunt in the waning minutes of the second session. He emerged unharmed, but the McLaren looked a bit worse for wear, and the team has some ground to make up if it is to threaten Ferrari this weekend.

Good on Massa, but we all know he’s fast. The real question is, can he be consistent?

FIA sets a speed limit

As predicted, the FIA tweaked the rules in the final qualifying session, introducing a maximum lap time. The aim is to prevent the dangerous situation witnessed in Malaysia, where the McLarens -- on their slow-down lap -- impeded qualifiers on their final lap.

More important than whether qualifying times were hampered, however, was the truly dangerous situation that arose. Quick reactions saved the day, but there are drivers on the grid who might not have been quick enough to prevent disaster.

Mosley sues The News of the World

Also as expected, multiple sources confirm that Max Mosley has sued The News of the World, even as he faces more pressure to step down.

The American Automobile Association (AAA) is the latest organization to join the call for Mosley’s resignation. AAA represents 50 million members in the United States and Canada. Don't miss the top stories of the day, subscribe to the SpeedRead Web newspaper now! -- Email SpeedRead -- Learn more about author C.D. Six

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