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Friday, October 30, 2009

Kovalainen Friday's fastest in Abu Dhabi

Heikki Kovalainen set Friday's fastest time at the brand new Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi, edging teammate Lewis Hamilton with a 1:41.307 in the second session.

F1 Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi - Practice

Jenson Button was third on a day of domination for Mercedes power.

Hamilton had led the morning practice, the outgoing world champion topping the newly crowned one. Sebastian Vettel was third in the Red Bull.

Young Kamui Kobayashi continued to impress, fifth fastest on the day while subbing for Timo Glock.

A quiet morning session gave way to a more adventurous afternoon, but while several drivers went off course, no serious were of note. Temperatures were on the hot side, and combined with Formula One's first twilight race, it should prove an interesting spectacle to end the season.

First session
  1. Lewis Hamilton, McLaren – Mercedes, 1:43.939
  2. Jenson Button , Brawn - Mercedes, 1:44.035
  3. Sebastian Vettel, RedBull - Renault, 1:44.153
  4. Rubens Barrichello, Brawn - Mercedes, 1:44.207
  5. Nick Heidfeld, BMW Sauber, 1:44.667
  6. Sebastien Buemi, Toro Rosso-Ferrari, 1:44.687
  7. Adrian Sutil, Force India-Mercedes, 1:44.688
  8. Mark Webber, RedBull - Renault, 1:44.805
  9. Jaime Alguersuari, Toro Rosso-Ferrari, 1:44.955
  10. Jarno Trulli, Toyota, 1:44.958
  11. Robert Kubica, BMW Sauber, 1:44.988
  12. Heikki Kovalainen, McLaren - Mercedes, 1:45.123
  13. Nico Rosberg, Williams - Toyota, 1:45.649
  14. Kazuki Nakajima, Williams - Toyota, 1:45.679
  15. Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari, 1:45.704
  16. Fernando Alonso, Renault, 1:45.865
  17. Vitantonio Liuzzi, Force India-Mercedes, 1:46.239
  18. Giancarlo Fisichella, Ferrari, 1:46.267
  19. Kamui Kobayashi, Toyota, 1:46.364
  20. Romain Grosjean, Renault, 1:46.411
Second session
  1. Heikki Kovalainen, McLaren-Mercedes, 1:41.307
  2. Lewis Hamilton, McLaren - Mercedes, 1:41.504
  3. Jenson Button, Brawn - Mercedes, 1:41.541
  4. Sebastian Vettel, RedBull - Renault, 1:41.591
  5. Kamui Kobayashi, Toyota, 1:41.636
  6. Sebastien Buemi, Toro Rosso-Ferrari, 1:41.683
  7. Mark Webber, RedBull - Renault, 1:41.684
  8. Rubens Barrichello, Brawn - Mercedes, 1:41.831
  9. Nico Rosberg, Williams - Toyota, 1:41.931
  10. Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari, 1:41.987
  11. Adrian Sutil, Force India-Mercedes, 1:42.180
  12. Kazuki Nakajima, Williams - Toyota, 1:42.245
  13. Nick Heidfeld, BMW Sauber, 1:42.278
  14. Jarno Trulli, Toyota, 1:42.409
  15. Vitantonio Liuzzi, Force India-Mercedes, 1:42.530
  16. Fernando Alonso, Renault, 1:42.782
  17. Giancarlo Fisichella, Ferrari, 1:42.932
  18. Romain Grosjean, Renault, 1:43.021
  19. Jaime Alguersuari, Toro Rosso-Ferrari, 1:43.022
  20. Robert Kubica, BMW Sauber, 1:43.708


Williams goes with Cosworth

Frank Williams confirmed the team has signed a three-year deal to use Cosworth power.

Williams had considered going with Renault, but opted for the storied engine builder instead, which is returning to the sport for the first time since 2006, citing independence.

"We will be not under the influence, not that Toyota ever bossed [us] around, but we've just gone a private and independent route," Gulf News quotes Williams.

Williams is also expected to name drivers next week. It was revealed Nico Rosberg was leaving the team, and Kazuki Nakajima was tied to Toyota.

Rubens Barrichello and Nico Hulkenberg look to be locks.

US F1 selects European base

The US F1 Team announced it has selected MotorLand Aragon in Spain as its base in Europe, the official Formula One Web site reports.

"MotorLand Aragon is the ideal motorsports complex for our European operation," said sporting director Peter Windsor. "From the excellent location and weather, to the rich racing heritage and diverse track configurations, MotorLand provides America’s first Formula One team in more than 40 years with the perfect facility to manage the 2010 season and train for 2011 and beyond."

"MotorLand is the only facility of its kind in Europe and we’re thrilled to call it our European home,” added Ken Anderson, team principal. "Between the Formula One-inspired, Tilke-designed road course and accompanying circuits, as well as the elaborate amenities of the leisure and cultural area, MotorLand is truly the perfect complex for US F1, from both competitive and business perspectives."
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