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Belgium 2008: Friday Morning Practice

Belgium 2008: Friday Morning Practice

Both Ferraris have topped the timing sheets at Belgium’s Spa Francorchamps circuit, set in the Ardennes Forest. It was Felipe Massa who got the upper-hand and led his team mate Kimi Raikkonen for most of the session. Sliding in to third and fourth were both McLarens, Lewis Hamilton edging out Heikki Kovalainen, but lapping some 0.6s off Massa’s pace. Of the top four, it was Hamilton who made the most noticeable error, taking to the gravel at Les Combes as well as losing time at La Source on what was meant to be an improved lap.

Renault powered Fernando Alonso and Mark Webber (in the Renault and Red Bull respectively) were the top four’s closest challengers, Alonso taking fifth and Webber sixth. Just behind the Australian were both Scuderia Toro Rossos, with Sebastien Bourdais ahead of his team mate Sebastian Vettel. Although both Rossos are showing good pace at the moment, Vettel had some sideways moments and Bourdais’s car ground to a halt at the end of the 90-minute session after the teams had practiced some starts.

BMW are once again holding their cards closely and both drivers finished just outside the top-ten. However, as with most grand prix weekends this season, they will likely improve this afternoon and tomorrow. Giancarlo Fisichella and Adrian Sutil displaced the Williams of Kazuki Nakajima and all three lapped the challenging circuit quicker than the Hondas. Jenson Button and Rubens Barrichello rest in nineteenth and twentieth.

Belgium 2008: Friday Free Practice One

1. Felipe Massa Ferrari 1m47.284s 26 Laps
2. Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m47.623s 26 Laps
3. Lewis Hamilton McLaren 1m47.878s 27 Laps
4. Heikki Kovalainen McLaren 1m47.932s 24 Laps
5. Fernando Alonso Renault 1m48.104s 26 Laps
6. Mark Webber Red Bull Racing 1m48.428s 29 Laps
7. Sebastien Bourdais Scuderia Toro Rosso 1m48.557s 31 Laps
8. Sebastian Vettel Scuderia Toro Rosso 1m48.958s 24 Laps
9. Timo Glock BMW 1m48.997s 26 Laps
10. Nelson Piquet Jr. Renault 1m49.068s 25 Laps
11. Robert Kubica BMW 1m49.139s 25 Laps
12. Nick Heidfeld BMW 1m49.185s 26 Laps
13. Nico Rosberg Williams 1m49.611s 30 Laps
14. Jarno Trulli Toyota 1m49.625s 14 Laps
15. David Coulthard Red Bull Racing 1m49.849s 18 Laps
16. Giancarlo Fisichella Force India 1m49.986s 27 Laps
17. Adrian Sutil Force India 1m50.117s 19 Laps
18. Kazuki Nakajima Williams 1m50.125s 30 Laps
19. Jenson Button Honda 1m50.464s 25 Laps
20. Rubens Barrichello Honda 1m50.905s 25 Laps

Oliver White

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