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Friday, September 12, 2008

Ferrari sticks with Raikkonen, Massa

Ferrari put an end to the speculation, formally announcing Kimi Raikkonen has extended his contract with the team through 2010, matching teammate Felipe Massa’s deal.

Rumors had been running wild concerning both Raikkonen’s future in Formula One and who might replace him at the Scuderia. Fernando Alonso and Robert Kubica had both been mentioned as possibilities.

BMW Sauber and Honda have also been mentioned as destinations for the double world champion. Much of what remains of this year's silly season hinges on where the Spaniard decides to go for 2009.

But 2008 is what counts for the moment, and Raikkonen celebrated his new deal in style by topping the charts in Friday's second practice session in front of the home crowd at Monza.

A deluge prematurely ended the morning session, and in limited running it was Force India’s Adrian Sutil topping the sheets. Rubens Barrichello and Giancarlo Fisichella rounded out the top three.

That left a damp track for the afternoon session as teams tried to make up for lost time. Raikkonen’s lap of 1:23.861 was enough for him to best the BMW Saubers of Robert Kubica and Nick Heidfeld.

Qualifying for the Italian Grand Prix takes place Saturday at 2pm local time.

Second session

  1. Räikkönen, Ferrari, 1:23.861
  2. Kubica, BMW Sauber, 1:23.931
  3. Heidfeld, BMW Sauber, 1:23.947
  4. Hamilton, McLaren, 1:23.983
  5. Rosberg, Williams, 1:24.110
  6. Massa, Ferrari, 1:24.247
  7. Kovalainen, McLaren, 1:24.365
  8. Webber, Red Bull, 1:24.521
  9. Sutil, Force India, 1:24.669
  10. Vettel, Toro Rosso, 1:24.773
  11. Coulthard, Red Bull, 1:25.100
  12. Bourdais, Toro Rosso, 1:25.192
  13. Fisichella, Force India, 1:25.204
  14. Barrichello, Honda, 1:25.296
  15. Button, Honda, 1:25.309
  16. Nakajima, Williams, 1:25.330
  17. Glock, Toyota, 1:25.397
  18. Alonso, Renault, 1:25.481
  19. Trulli, Toyota, 1:25.753
  20. Piquet, Renault, 1:26.195

First session

  1. Sutil, Force India, 1:32.842
  2. Barrichello, Honda, 1:33.428
  3. Fisichella, Force India, 1:33.695
  4. Glock, Toyota, 1:36.800
  5. Rosberg, Williams, 1:36.900
  6. Alonso, Renault, 1:36.965
  7. Bourdais, Toro Rosso, 1:37.142
  8. Trulli, Toyota, 1:37.214
  9. Raikkonen, Ferrari, 1:37.392
  10. Vettel, Toro Rosso, 1:37.754
  11. Piquet, Renault, 1:38.057
  12. Coulthard, Red Bull, 1:38.303
  13. Button, Honda, 1:39.062
  14. Massa, Ferrari, 1:40.233
  15. Heidfeld, BMW Sauber, No Time
  16. Nakajima, Williams, No Time
  17. Kubica, BMW Sauber, No Time
  18. Kovalainen, McLaren, No Time
  19. Webber, Red Bull, No Time
  20. Hamilton, McLaren, No Time


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