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Shanghai: Practice Sessions

Shanghai: Practice Sessions

Kimi Raikkonen - 2007 Chinese Grand PrixKimi Raikkonen dominated both practice sessions ahead on Sunday’s Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai, leading the McLaren of Fernando Alonso, Felipe Massa in the second Ferrari and current championship leader Lewis Hamilton. The top four remained in the same positions for both 90 minute sessions, although the gap between Raikkonen and Alonso narrowed from a tenth in round one to a hundredth in round two.

Red Bull Racing improved as the day progressed, Mark Webber completing his Friday in sixth place and David Coulthard in eighth. Coulthard did one moment of hopping over a kerb, the Scottish driver believing that minor damage occurred on his RBR3. Conversely, Scuderia Toro Rosso went backwards after lunch, each driver slipping a place in the standings.

Toyota were the other biggest improver’s of the day, moving from seventh and twelfth to fifth and seventh for Jarno Trulli and Ralf Schumacher respectively. However, BMW have run into some bad luck with Nick Heidfeld’s car coming to a stop in the morning run with an oil leak from the gearbox. In the afternoon session the German driver was forced to pit with a hydraulics failure. Team mate Robert Kubica showed a less-than-normal form as well, and although there are no reported issue with his BMW, the Polish pilot could only manage sixth before lunch, and fourteenth after.

Free Practice One Times

1. Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m37.024s
2. Fernando Alonso McLaren 1m37.108s
3. Felipe Massa Ferrari 1m37.128s
4. Lewis Hamilton McLaren 1m37.210s
5. Nico Rosberg Williams 1m37.707s
6. Robert Kubica BMW 1m38.055s
7. Jarno Trulli Toyota 1m38.208s
8. Giancarlo Fisichella Renault 1m38.217s
9. Kazuki Nakajima Williams 1m38.270s
10. Nick Heidfeld BMW 1m38.445s
11. Heikki Kovalainen Renault 1m38.551s
12. Ralf Schumacher Toyota 1m38.661s
13. David Coulthard Red Bull Racing 1m38.700s
14. Jenson Button Honda 1m38.942s
15. Rubens Barrichello Honda 1m38.945s
16. Takuma Sato Super Aguri 1m39.238s
17. Vitantonio Liuzzi Scuderia Toro Rosso 1m39.497s
18. Mark Webber Red Bull Racing 1m39.535s
19. Anthony Davidson Super Aguri 1m39.539s
20. Sebastian Vettel Scuderia Toro Rosso 1m39.898s
21. Sakon Yamamoto Spyker 1m40.126s
22. Adrian Sutil Spyker 1m40.149s

Free Practice Two Times

1. Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m36.607s
2. Fernando Alonso McLaren 1m36.613s
3. Felipe Massa Ferrari 1m36.630s
4. Lewis Hamilton McLaren 1m36.876s
5. Jarno Trulli Toyota 1m37.151s
6. Mark Webber Red Bull Racing 1m37.450s
7. Ralf Schumacher Toyota 1m37.524s
8. David Coulthard Red Bull Racing 1m37.617s
9. Nico Rosberg Williams 1m37.646s
10. Giancarlo Fisichella Renault 1m37.970s
11. Heikki Kovalainen Renault 1m38.062s
12. Jenson Button Honda 1m38.205s
13. Rubens Barrichello Honda 1m38.304s
14. Robert Kubica BMW 1m38.379s
15. Nick Heidfeld BMW 1m38.388s
16. Alex Wurz Williams 1m38.531s
17. Anthony Davidson Super Aguri 1m38.975s
18. Vitantonio Liuzzi Scuderia Toro Rosso 1m39.065s
19. Adrian Sutil Spyker 1m39.224s
20. Takuma Sato Super Aguri 1m39.360s
21. Sebastian Vettel Scuderia Toro Rosso 1m39.404s
22. Sakon Yamamoto Spyker 1m40.051s

Formula One, F1, Chinese Grand Prix, Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari

Oliver White

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