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Silverstone: Practice Sessions

Silverstone: Practice Sessions

Lewis Hamilton - 2007 British Grand PrixThe first round of free practice went in favour of local hero and rookie Lewis Hamilton, setting a time 0.111s faster than that of second placed driver Kimi Raikkonen. Playing to his fans around the Northamptonshire circuit, Hamilton struggled with the wind as he tussled with the Ferrari’s throughout the 90 minute session. Clearly on the limit, Lewis did have a couple of offs at Abbey and Priory. His time though, was enough to place him at the top of the timing sheets in the morning.

Felipe Massa and Fernando Alonso followed up next, Massa beating Alonso to third by quite a large margin of 0.4s, although that does include a small run-off at Priory for the Spaniard. Nico Rosberg managed to outpace both the BMWs to finish in fifth, and a resurgent Robert Kubica managed to haul his German car ahead of his team mate Nick Heidfeld to end his morning in sixth.

Renault appeared to struggle, only managing thirteenth and fourteenth for Heikki Kovalainen and Giancarlo Fisichella respectively, while the Honda’s alternated with the Super Aguri’s, Rubens Barrichello (10th), Anthony Davidson (12th), Jenson Button (15th) and Takuma Sato (16th).

Red Bull, Toro Rosso and Spyker rounded off the table.

Free Practice One Times

1. Lewis Hamilton McLaren 1m21.100s
2. Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m21.211s
3. Felipe Massa Ferrari 1m21.285s
4. Fernando Alonso McLaren 1m21.675s
5. Nico Rosberg Williams 1m22.006s
6. Robert Kubica BMW 1m22.107s
7. Nick Heidfeld BMW 1m22.176s
8. Alex Wurz Williams 1m22.216s
9. Ralf Schumacher Toyota 1m22.878s
10. Rubens Barrichello Honda 1m22.956s
11. Jarno Trulli Toyota 1m23.030s
12. Anthony Davidson Super Aguri 1m23.037s
13. Heikki Kovalainen Renault 1m23.099s
14. Giancarlo Fisichella Renault 1m23.179s
15. Jenson Button Honda 1m23.517s
16. Takuma Sato Super Aguri 1m23.548s
17. Mark Webber Red Bull Racing 1m23.564s
18. David Coulthard Red Bull Racing 1m23.618s
19. Scott Speed Scuderia Toro Rosso 1m23.854s
20. Adrian Sutil Spyker 1m23.954s
21. Vitantonio Liuzzi Scuderia Toro Rosso 1m24.154s
22. Christijan Albers Spyker 1m24.172s

The second session of the day saw Jenson Button sit out due to an aggravated back injury that he sustained at the US Grand Prix. Test driver Christian Klien sat in for Button and managed to get within 0.3s of his experienced team mate Rubens Barrichello. However, the pair sat precariously down in 17th and 18th place.

The second session was also briefly interrupted by rain, but was soon cleared up by the end of the day, with lap times falling below those set in the morning.

It was Kimi Raikkonen who challenged the McLaren’s the most after the lunch break, finishing the session on top and a massive 0.5s faster than his team mate. Kimi Raikkonen - 2007 French Grand PrixHowever, it is likely that Ferrari ran different fuel levels in each car to assess the strategy for qualifying and the race.

Unfortunately for McLaren, Lewis Hamilton had to settle for fourth, having been beaten not just by the Ferrari’s, but also by Ralf Schumacher in his Toyota. Ralf managed to complete a 1m21.381s lap, identical to that of Lewis to within a thousandth of a second, but as the German driver got there first, he heads Lewis in the timing sheet.

Fernando Alonso languishes down in sixth, being beaten himself by the other Toyota of Jarno Trulli. The Italian went 0.1s slower than Hamilton, and about 0.15s faster than the chasing Spaniard and reigning World Champion. Williams completed the top eight, followed by an improved Webber for Red Bull in ninth and an improved Anthony Davidson in tenth, much to the delight of the British fans.

Renault improved to eleventh and twelfth, but again Kovalainen managed to beat his vastly more experienced partner Giancarlo Fisichella. BMW fell from grace, sandwiching the other Red Bull of recently re-signed David Coulthard in fourteenth. Takuma Sato finished his day in sixteenth, and then it was the Honda pair, the Toro Rosso pair and finally the Spyker pair.

Free Practice Two Times

1. Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m20.639s
2. Felipe Massa Ferrari 1m21.138s
3. Ralf Schumacher Toyota 1m21.381s
4. Lewis Hamilton McLaren 1m21.381s
5. Jarno Trulli Toyota 1m21.467s
6. Fernando Alonso McLaren 1m21.616s
7. Nico Rosberg Williams 1m21.619s
8. Alex Wurz Williams 1m21.650s
9. Mark Webber Red Bull Racing 1m22.137s
10. Anthony Davidson Super Aguri 1m22.143s
11. Heikki Kovalainen Renault 1m22.189s
12. Giancarlo Fisichella Renault 1m22.257s
13. Robert Kubica BMW 1m22.372s
14. David Coulthard Red Bull Racing 1m22.428s
15. Nick Heidfeld BMW 1m22.486s
16. Takuma Sato Super Aguri 1m22.487s
17. Rubens Barrichello Honda 1m22.511s
18. Christian Klien Honda 1m22.833s
19. Scott Speed Scuderia Toro Rosso 1m22.840s
20. Vitantonio Liuzzi Scuderia Toro Rosso 1m23.105s
21. Christijan Albers Spyker 1m23.113s
22. Adrian Sutil Spyker 1m23.720s

Formula One, F1, British Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton, McLaren, Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari

Oliver White

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