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Friday, October 10, 2008

Glock, Toyota tops on Friday

Timo Glock was fastest in Friday practice with a time of 1:18.383, set in the second session for home team Toyota.

The German was running a fresh V8, the team using its 'joker' option to swap out his car’s power plant at no penalty.

Glock edged out Fernando Alonso, who set a 1:18.426, hot on the heels of his night victory in Singapore.

Tital rivals Lewis Hamilton and Felipe Massa were third and fourth in the afternoon session, echoing their 1-2 finish in the first session

Hamilton led the morning in his McLaren, setting a 1:18.910, topping Massa’s 1:19.063 in the Ferrari.

McLaren’s Heikki Kovalainen was third with a 1:19.279.

A gap of approximately two seconds covered the field in both sessions, run in prime conditions, a far cry from the monsoon that hit the Fuji race last season.

As always, it is hard to say if Glock’s and Alonso’s performances are indicative of what their cars can do on this track, the true test will be in qualifying tomorrow, but we can be fairly certain Hamilton and Massa are well matched.

Once again Hamilton enters the last three races with a slim lead and looking to seal the deal. Can he avoid the mistakes of last year? The test begins tomorrow at 14:00 local time.

First session

  1. Hamilton, McLaren, 1:18.910
  2. Massa, Ferrari, 1:19.063
  3. Kovalainen, McLaren, 1:19.279
  4. Räikkönen, Ferrari, 1:19.399
  5. Alonso, Renault, 1:19.473
  6. Piquet, Renault, 1:19.743
  7. Vettel, Toro Rosso, 1:20.121
  8. Kubica, BMW Sauber 1:20.160
  9. Bourdais, Toro Rosso, 1:20.182
  10. Nakajima, Williams, 1:20.217
  11. Sutil, Force India, 1:20.288
  12. Rosberg, Williams, 1:20.350
  13. Webber, Red Bull, 1:20.620
  14. Heidfeld, BMW Sauber 1:20.628
  15. Trulli, Toyota, 1:20.657
  16. Barrichello, Honda, 1:20.753
  17. Button, Honda, 1:20.769
  18. Glock, Toyota, 1:20.823
  19. Coulthard, Red Bull, 1:20.905
  20. Fisichella, Force India, 1:21.014

Second session

  1. Glock, Toyota, 1:18.383
  2. Alonso, Renault, 1:18.426
  3. Hamilton, McLaren, 1:18.463
  4. Massa, Ferrari, 1:18.491
  5. Räikkönen, Ferrari, 1:18.725
  6. Webber, Red Bull, 1:18.734
  7. Nakajima, Williams, 1:18.734
  8. Vettel, Toro Rosso, 1:18.761
  9. Kovalainen, McLaren, 1:18.803
  10. Trulli, Toyota, 1:18.863
  11. Kubica, BMW Sauber, 1:18.865
  12. Piquet, Renault, 1:18.888
  13. Rosberg, Williams, 1:18.981
  14. Bourdais, Toro Rosso, 1:19.040
  15. Barrichello, Honda, 1:19.258
  16. Sutil Force, India, 1:19.287
  17. Coulthard, Red Bull, 1:19.327
  18. Fisichella, Force India, 1:19.482
  19. Heidfeld, BMW Sauber, 1:19.894
  20. Button, Honda, 1:19.999
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