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Friday, October 2, 2009

Kovy tops local hero in practice

Heikki Kovalainen edged Kazuki Nakajima in the opening session for the best time Friday in wet conditions at Suzuka Friday.

F1 Grand Prix of Japan - Practice

Nakajima was one of two Japanese drivers taking part, Kamui Kobayashi subbing for an ill Timo Glock in the Toyota.

Adrian Sutil was third in the opening session for Force India.

The results mean little, with the track never ideal for high-speed running, and the morning times would prove to be the fastest on the day.

There was little action in the afternoon session until just under a half hour remained. Still, Heikki Kovalainen and the Brawns did not make an appearance.

It was Adrain Sutil who topped the session, followed by Sebastian Vettel and Vitantonio Liuzzi. But their results were no where near the morning times.

Rubens Barrichello was the fastest of the championship runners, ninth overall on the day.

Showers and cold weather are expected for qualifying, which could shake up the grid for Sunday's race, so vital for the championship contenders.

First session
  1. Heikki Kovalainen, McLaren-Mercedes 1:40.356
  2. Kazuki Nakajima, Williams-Toyota 1:40.648
  3. Adrian Sutil, Force India-Mercedes 1:40.806
  4. Giancarlo Fisichella, Ferrari 1:40.985
  5. Sebastien Buemi, Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:41.421
  6. Lewis Hamilton, McLaren-Mercedes 1:41.443
  7. Fernando Alonso, Renault 1:41.532
  8. Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari 1:41.577
  9. Rubens Barrichello, Brawn-Mercedes 1:41.821
  10. Nico Rosberg, Williams-Toyota 1:42.188
  11. Mark Webber, Red Bull-Renault 1:42.332
  12. Vitantonio Liuzzi, Force India-Mercedes 1:42.475
  13. Jarno Trulli, Toyota 1:42.657
  14. Jaime Alguersuari, Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:42.667
  15. Robert Kubica, BMW Sauber 1:42.833
  16. Nick Heidfeld, BMW Sauber 1:42.977
  17. Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull-Renault 1:43.218
  18. Jenson Button, Brawn-Mercedes 1:43.318
  19. Kamui Kobayashi, Toyota 1:43.407
  20. Romain Grosjean, Renault 1:43.572

Second session
  1. Adrian Sutil, Force India-Mercedes 1:47.261
  2. Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull-Renault 1:47.923
  3. Vitantonio Liuzzi, Force India-Mercedes1:47.931
  4. Lewis Hamilton, McLaren-Mercedes 1:47.983
  5. Kazuki Nakajima, Williams-Toyota 1:48.058
  6. Sebastien Buemi, Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:48.691
  7. Fernando Alonso, Renault 1:48.693
  8. Jarno Trulli, Toyota 1:48.737
  9. Jaime Alguersuari, Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:48.802
  10. Robert Kubica, BMW Sauber 1:48.861
  11. Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari 1:48.886
  12. Kamui Kobayashi, Toyota 1:49.054
  13. Mark Webber, RedBull-Renault 1:49.382
  14. Romain Grosjean, Renault 1:49.405
  15. Giancarlo Fisichella, Ferrari 1:49.553
  16. Nico Rosberg, Williams-Toyota 1:49.872
  17. Nick Heidfeld, BMW Sauber 1:50.179
  • Heikki Kovalainen, McLaren-Mercedes
  • Jenson Button, Brawn-Mercedes
  • Rubens Barrichello, Brawn-Mercedes

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