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Fuji: Practice Sessions

Fuji: Practice Sessions

Kimi Raikkonen - 2007 Japanese Grand PrixKimi Raikkonen set the pace at the remodeled Fuji Speedway this afternoon in Japan. The Finnish driver was joined at the top of the tables by his team mate Felipe Massa, the pair separated by almost 0.4s. The McLaren duo were next up, the experience of Fernando Alonso getting the better of Lewis Hamilton. The Woking racers were split by 0.15s and dominated the session until the second half when Ferrari came back.

Adrian Sutil did well by claiming a top ten slot for his Spyker in ninth, proving his initial knowledge of the track is an advantage. Both Williams finished the morning session in the top as well, Alex Wurz finishing in seventh behind Nico Rosberg in fifth. Another surprise of the first free practice was Anthony Davidson, placing his Super Aguri in tenth much to the delight of the local fans.

Free Practice One Times

1. Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m19.119s
2. Felipe Massa Ferrari 1m19.498s
3. Fernando Alonso McLaren 1m19.667s
4. Lewis Hamilton McLaren 1m19.807s
5. Nico Rosberg Williams 1m20.058s
6. Robert Kubica BMW 1m20.297s
7. Alex Wurz Williams 1m20.411s
8. Jarno Trulli Toyota 1m20.483s
9. Adrian Sutil Spyker 1m20.516s
10. Anthony Davidson Super Aguri 1m20.601s
11. Rubens Barrichello Honda 1m20.686s
12. Heikki Kovalainen Renault 1m20.718s
13. Nick Heidfeld BMW 1m20.728s
14. Vitantonio Liuzzi Scuderia Toro Rosso 1m20.808s
15. Ralf Schumacher Toyota 1m20.828s
16. Giancarlo Fisichella Renault 1m20.851s
17. Takuma Sato Super Aguri 1m21.186s
18. Mark Webber Red Bull Racing 1m21.437s
19. Jenson Button Honda 1m21.541s
20. Sebastian Vettel Scuderia Toro Rosso 1m21.854s
21. David Coulthard Red Bull Racing 1m22.436s
22. Sakon Yamamoto Spyker 1m22.902s

Lewis Hamilton - 2007 Japanese Grand PrixThe afternoon session at Fuji Speedway saw a reverse of fortune for Ferrari with McLaren dominating the top of the timing sheets. Hamilton went fastest by 0.2s over his team mate. Interestingly, Felipe Massa went little faster than what he managed before lunch, but still secured third place meaning Raikkonen went slower in his F2007. Kimi actually ended up in fifth before the teams finished for the day, Jarno Trulli getting the better of the Ferrari at his teams home circuit.

Renault improved their lot by claiming sixth and seventh, again Heikki Kovalainen managing to pip his much experienced partner. David Coulthard popped his Red Bull into eighth while Ralf Schumacher completed a good start to the weekend for Toyota by going ninth. Both Williams dropped down the timing sheet, as did the BMWs who appear to be struggling on the new layout.

Adrian Sutil couldn’t equal his morning performance, but still ended up in sixteenth ending a very productive day for the back-of-the-grid squad. Davidson and Sato also dropped down, the Japanese driver finishing in last place while the Briton managing two places higher, finishing in twentieth.

Free Practice Two Times

1. Lewis Hamilton McLaren 1m18.734s
2. Fernando Alonso McLaren 1m18.948s
3. Felipe Massa Ferrari 1m19.483s
4. Jarno Trulli Toyota 1m19.711s
5. Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m19.714s
6. Heikki Kovalainen Renault 1m19.799s
7. Giancarlo Fisichella Renault 1m19.926s
8. David Coulthard Red Bull Racing 1m19.949s
9. Ralf Schumacher Toyota 1m19.969s
10. Robert Kubica BMW 1m20.069s
11. Mark Webber Red Bull Racing 1m20.069s
12. Alex Wurz Williams 1m20.263s
13. Nico Rosberg Williams 1m20.270s
14. Jenson Button Honda 1m20.336s
15. Nick Heidfeld BMW 1m20.462s
16. Adrian Sutil Spyker 1m20.736s
17. Rubens Barrichello Honda 1m20.869s
18. Vitantonio Liuzzi Scuderia Toro Rosso 1m20.985s
19. Sebastian Vettel Scuderia Toro Rosso 1m20.997s
20. Anthony Davidson Super Aguri 1m21.007s
21. Sakon Yamamoto Spyker 1m21.305s
22. Takuma Sato Super Aguri 1m21.352s

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

Oliver White

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