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Nurburgring: Practice Sessions

Nurburgring: Practice Sessions

Lewis Hamilton - 2007 European Grand PrixLewis Hamilton took to the top of the timing sheets during Friday Practice session one, going 0.2s faster than the Ferrari of Kimi Raikkonen. Fernando Alonso took third from the BMWs of Nick Heidfeld and fifth for Robert Kubica. The second Ferrari of Felipe Massa could only manage sixth fastest of the morning. Ralf Schumacher continued to show his improved form by setting the seventh quickest time, and newcomer Markus Winkelhock propped up the list in 22nd and last place.

Free Practice One Times

1. Lewis Hamilton McLaren 1m32.515s
2. Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m32.751s
3. Fernando Alonso McLaren 1m32.932s
4. Nick Heidfeld BMW 1m32.975s
5. Robert Kubica BMW 1m33.205s
6. Felipe Massa Ferrari 1m33.605s
7. Ralf Schumacher Toyota 1m33.825s
8. Jenson Button Honda 1m33.936s
9. David Coulthard Red Bull Racing 1m34.062s
10. Rubens Barrichello Honda 1m34.142s
11. Jarno Trulli Toyota 1m34.152s
12. Alex Wurz Williams 1m34.345s
13. Nico Rosberg Williams 1m34.563s
14. Anthony Davidson Super Aguri 1m34.567s
15. Mark Webber Red Bull Racing 1m34.683s
16. Takuma Sato Super Aguri 1m34.708s
17. Vitantonio Liuzzi Scuderia Toro Rosso 1m34.907s
18. Heikki Kovalainen Renault 1m34.921s
19. Giancarlo Fisichella Renault 1m35.077s
20. Scott Speed Scuderia Toro Rosso 1m35.643s
21. Adrian Sutil Spyker 1m36.340s
22. Markus Winkelhock Spyker 1m37.116s

Practice session two saw Kimi take control and go top, edging out Lewis Hamilton by a tenth. Felipe Massa went third ahead of Fernando Alonso who managed to keep both Toyota’s at bay. Interestingly, the second session saw an improvment in times from the front runners, but Markus Winkelhock went a couple of tenths slower, as did both BMWs. However, the German teams times were strong in the morning run, so it is likely that they weree trying different settings or fuel loads.

Another reason for the possible decline in times from a few of the teams could relate to the circuit being green following a thunderstorm that troubled the GP2 race that ran in between the sessions, and even Raikkonen took a trip across the grass.

Free Practice Two Times

1. Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m33.339s
2. Lewis Hamilton McLaren 1m33.487s
3. Felipe Massa Ferrari 1m33.590s
4. Fernando Alonso McLaren 1m33.637s
5. Ralf Schumacher Toyota 1m33.668s
6. Jarno Trulli Toyota 1m33.746s
7. Nico Rosberg Williams 1m33.845s
8. Jenson Button Honda 1m33.880s
9. Nick Heidfeld BMW 1m20.894s
10. Robert Kubica BMW 1m34.221s
11. Mark Webber Red Bull Racing 1m34.235s
12. Alex Wurz Williams 1m34.264s
13. Takuma Sato Super Aguri 1m34.357s
14. Rubens Barrichello Honda 1m34.411s
15. Giancarlo Fisichella Renault 1m34.431s
16. Heikki Kovalainen Renault 1m34.446s
17. David Coulthard Red Bull Racing 1m34.504s
18. Anthony Davidson Super Aguri 1m34.554s
19. Scott Speed Scuedria Toro Rosso 1m35.320s
20. Vitantonio Liuzzi Scuderia Toro Rosso 1m35.653s
21. Adrian Sutil Spyker 1m36.527s
22. Markus Winkelhock Spyker 1m37.319s

Oliver White

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