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Friday, June 6, 2008

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Massa, Hamilton top Friday practice timesheets

It was the usual suspects leading practice in Canada, Felipe Massa topping the sheets in the first session, and Lewis Hamilton doing the honors in the second, as teams prepare for Sunday's Canadian Grand Prix.

A wet Circuit Gilles Villeneuve greeted the drivers in the morning, providing slippery conditions. The wet track resulted in limited running for most, but the final 15 minutes provided a fair amount of action. As things dried out, times started to drop.

Massa's first place time was 1:17.553, besting his world champion teammate, Kimi Raikkonen, who came in fifth.

BMW Sauber continues to impress, Robert Kubica taking second, posting a time of 1:17.809. Teammate Nick Heidfeld took fourth.

The McLarens spent a good portion of the session in the pits, but Heikki Kovalainen managed a third place showing at 1:18.133 toward the end of the session.

The best teammate Lewis Hamilton could muster was sixth.

The Red Bulls of Mark Webber and David Coulthard were seventh and eighth, while Williams’ Kazuki Nakajima and Renault’s Fernando Alonso rounded out the top 10.

In the second session, Lewis Hamilton made up for his limited track time in the morning to top the table, posting a 1:15.752.

Kubica’s 1:16.023 led until the closing minutes, when Hamilton pipped him for the top spot. With second place showings in both sessions, Kubica and BMW are again looking solid.

Raikkonen was third, setting a time of 1:16.093.

Fellow Finn Kovalainen was fourth in the second McLaren, while Massa finished fifth after his Ferrari quit exiting the hairpin about 20 minutes from the end of the session.

Heidfeld was sixth, Webber seventh, and Nico Rosberg eighth for Williams.

Sebastian Vettel took ninth for Toro Rosso and Toyota’s Jarno Trulli completed the top 10.

Honda was once again left scratching their heads trying to find performance, Jenson Button in particular, as the Briton finish 20th and 19th for the two sessions.

Nelson Piquet was also left searching for the confidence-building performance Pat Symonds suggests he needs to turn his season around, while teammate Alonso will be looking for a way to crack the top 10 tomorrow.

And it was back to familiar territory for Monaco star Adrian Sutil, the Force India driver finishing 16th in the first session and 18th in the second.

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