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Friday, June 5, 2009

Heikki time in Istanbul

Heikki Kovalainen topped the charts in the second session as F1 hit Istanbul in earnest Friday, setting 1:28.841 in his McLaren, the Finn edging Renault's Fernando Alonso by a narrow margin. Robert Kubica was third in the BMW Sauber.

McLaren, despite Kovalainen's performance, was hedging its bets for qualifying, aiming merely for Q3.

Earlier, Nico Rosberg took his typical Friday place at the top of the sheets in the first session, ahead of Lewis Hamilton's McLaren and Jarno Trulli in the Toyota.

F1 Grand Prix of Turkey - Practice

Both sessions provided plenty of fun, with spins and offs aplenty. Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel took time out in the second session for mechanical issues, limiting the German to just three laps in the afternoon.

Notable for not being near the top of the table was Brawn GP, but then, it is only Friday. Still the team was struggling to find the right balance for the cars, and all on hand were talking about a "challenging" first day.

In fact, the theme throughout the paddock for the day seemed to be the challenge of racing on the green circuit, and one gets the feeling we haven't seen the real pecking order yet. The final session before qualifying should prove interesting.

First session
  1. Nico Rosberg, Williams-Toyota, 1:28.952
  2. Lewis Hamilton, McLaren-Mercedes, 1:29.263
  3. Jarno Trulli, Toyota, 1:29.271
  4. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault, 1:29.337
  5. Felipe Massa, Ferrari, 1:29.342
  6. Kazuki Nakajima, Williams-Toyota, 1:29.371
  7. Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari, 1:29.398
  8. Fernando Alonso, Renault, 1:29.422
  9. Rubens Barrichello, Brawn-Mercedes, 1:29.525
  10. Heikki Kovalainen, McLaren-Mercedes, 1:29.590
  11. Jenson Button, Brawn-Mercedes, 1:29.747
  12. Adrian Sutil, Force India-Mercedes, 1:29.864
  13. Timo Glock, Toyota, 1:29.934
  14. Nelson Piquet, Renault, 1:30.132
  15. Mark Webber, Red Bull-Renault, 1:30.176
  16. Robert Kubica, BMW Sauber, 1:30.645
  17. Nick Heidfeld, BMW Sauber, 1:30.669
  18. Giancarlo Fisichella, Force India-Mercedes, 1:30.729
  19. Sebastien Bourdais, Toro Rosso-Ferrari, 1:30.838
  20. Sebastien Buemi, Toro Rosso-Ferrari, 1:30.944

Second session
  1. Heikki Kovalainen, McLaren-Mercedes, 1:28.841
  2. Fernando Alonso, Renault, 1:28.847
  3. Robert Kubica, BMW Sauber, 1:29.056
  4. Kazuki Nakajima, Williams-Toyota, 1:29.091
  5. Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull-Renault, 1:29.202
  6. Jarno Trulli, Toyota, 1:29.207
  7. Nico Rosberg, Williams-Toyota, 1:29.257
  8. Rubens Barrichello, Brawn-Mercedes, 1:29.305
  9. Mark Webber, Red Bull-Renault, 1:29.383
  10. Nelson Piquet, Renault, 1:29.401
  11. Felipe Massa, Ferrari, 1:29.416
  12. Jenson Button, Brawn-Mercedes, 1:29.430
  13. Lewis Hamilton, McLaren-Mercedes, 1:29.435
  14. Timo Glock, Toyota, 1:29.518
  15. Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari, 1:29.520
  16. Nick Heidfeld, BMW Sauber, 1:29.550
  17. Adrian Sutil, Force India-Mercedes, 1:30.081
  18. Giancarlo Fisichella, Force India-Mercedes, 1:30.091
  19. Sebastien Bourdais, Toro Rosso-Ferrari, 1:30.295
  20. Sebastien Buemi, Toro Rosso-Ferrari, 1:30.629



Meanwhile, the game of chicken escalates between FOTA and Max Mosley. A day after Mosley told FOTA teams to go pound sand…er…start their own series, the Association responded that it wasn't bluffing and is ready to go on its own. This despite Flavio Briatore saying they don't want a war. Hmm… OK.


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