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Spain 2008: Friday Afternoon Practice

Spain 2008: Friday Afternoon Practice

The second session of the Spanish Grand Prix practices finalised earlier, and Kimi Raikkonen continued to dominate in his Ferrari F2008. However, there were a few surprises along the way and the Friday tables look a little odd. Second place went to a resurgent Nelson Piquet Jr, setting a lap time on 0.1s adrift of Raikkonen. Compounding the pace of the Renault R27 was team mate Fernando Alonso in third going only a fraction slower. Kazuki Nakajima also managed to get his Williams into the mix and went fourth, his team mate Nico Rosberg going seventh and sandwiching Felipe Massa and Mark Webber in fifth and sixth respectively.

David Coulthard managed to climb into eighth place and led the two Force Indias into very respectable positions. McLaren and BMW disappointed today but as with previous sessions their final times shuld be taken with a rather large grain of salt. Lewis Hamilton went eleventh, followed by Robert Kubica and Nick Heidfeld. Heikki Kovalainen could only get as high as sixteenth. Both Super Aguris went slower in the afternoon session than they did in the morning.

One possible explanation for the slightly skewed times are the strategies the teams were employing, apparently some running with much higher fuel loads than others. Although Hamilton was clearly not enjoying his post-lunch run, having spun at T10 and then coming to a halt in the pit entry after his final run of the day. Kovalainen was also having a nightmare afternoon, his MP4-23 suffering with a gearbox problem. The Finn only managed eight laps.

Spain Friday Practice Two

1. Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m21.935s 38 Laps
2. Nelson Piquet Jr Renault 1m22.019s 38 Laps
3. Fernando Alonso Renault 1m22.032s 26 Laps
4. Kazuki Nakajima Williams 1m.22.172s 35 Laps
5. Felipe Massa Ferrari 1m22.229s 32 Laps
6. Mark Webber Red Bull Racing 1m22.238s 36 Laps
7. Nico Rosberg Williams 1m22.266s 33 Laps
8. David Coulthard Red Bull Racing 1m22.289s 30 Laps
9. Giancarlo Fisichella Force India 1m22.383s 38 Laps
10. Adrian Sutil Force India 1m22.548s 38 Laps
11. Lewis Hamilton McLaren 1m22.685s 33 Laps
12. Robert Kubica BMW 1m22.788s 38 Laps
13. Nick Heidfeld BMW 1m23.130s 40 Laps
14. Jarno Trulli Toyota 1m23.224s 34 Laps
15. Jenson Button Honda 1m23.263s 34 Laps
16. Heikki Kovalainen McLaren 1m23.264s 8 Laps
17. Rubens Barrichello Honda 1m23.415s 31 Laps
18. Sebastian Vettel Scuderia Toro Rosso 1m23.661s 35 Laps
19. Sebastien Bourdais Scuderia Toro Rosso 1m23.684s 37 Laps
20. Timo Glock Toyota 1m23.883s 40 Laps
21. Takuma Sato Super Aguri 1m25.110s 30 Laps
22. Anthony Davidson Super Aguri 1m25.163s 31 Laps

Image courtesy of VRoig.

Oliver White

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