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Friday, April 25, 2008

Spain: Friday practice

Kimi Raikkonen nailed the best time for both practice sessions Friday,
setting a 1:20.649 in the first session and 1:21.935 in the second, as the Finn made an early statement at the Circuit de Catalunya.

Teammate Felipe Massa and McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton were second and third in the first session.

The surprise of the day came in the second, where Flavio’s boys took second and third, young Nelson Piquet leading his more experienced teammate.

What exactly can be made of such a result remains to be seen, but the Renaults ran in the top seven in both sessions.

It is always hard to take anything away from practice in terms of performance, but strong times may well indicate Williams is back on the pace. Force India also looked surprisingly competitive, and Red Bull turned in their typical performance, which always leaves one questioning whether they’ll make Q3, or be eliminated early.

It was a rough day for McLaren, several issues limiting track time, and German compatriots BMW Sauber didn’t turn any heads, either.

Toyota, Honda, and Toro Rosso all seemed to see the gap widen as the series opened up its European account following three weeks in the wind tunnel and last week’s tests. There will be some scrambling down the far end of the pitlane overnight as teams prepare for qualifying.

Super Aguri brought up the rear in both sessions, but it must be considered somewhat of a victory the cars were even on the track. Still no word coming out of the Japanese team’s camp regarding a new backer. If one isn’t found, this weekend may be the final curtain call for Takuma Sato and Anthony Davidson. 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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