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Monza 2008: Friday Afternoon Practice

Monza 2008: Friday Afternoon Practice

With the rain clearing in time for the second 90 minute practice session at Monza, the teams went out early to get in as many laps as possible, maximising their running to ensure a decent set up is found for Saturday and Sunday. And at the end of the day, it was Kimi Raikkonen who set the fastest lap, heading a slightly topsy-turvy field. Both BMW’s showed surprising form given that it is still Friday with Robert Kubica taking second and Nick Heidfeld third.

Despite the improving weather though, there were spins aplenty as Kubica, Adrian Sutil and Nelson Piquet Jr. all performed moves that aren’t condusive of a good lap time. Sutil managed to miss the pitlane entry on his final run and Piquet beached his car on the kerbs, forcing him to the bottom of the tables and limiting the running the Renault driver was able to complete.

Honda improved, but with the slightly different conditions, the expectations of the Brackley team shouldn’t get too high. Also running well were the Force Indias, with the morning fastest – Sutil – managing ninth in the damp-dry conditions. Giancarlo Fisichella slotted into thirteenth ahead of both Renault’s; Fernando Alonso only managing eighteenth. The McLarens didn’t fair too well either, with Lewis Hamilton in fourth and Heikki Kovalainen ending his day in seventh.

Monza 2008: Friday Free Practice Two

1. Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m23.861s 31 Laps
2. Robert Kubica BMW 1m23.931s 26 Laps
3. Nick Heidfeld BMW 1m23.947s 29 Laps
4. Lewis Hamilton McLaren 1m23.983s 25 Laps
5. Nico Rosberg Williams 1m24.110s 33 Laps
6. Felipe Massa Ferrari 1m24.247s 34 Laps
7. Heikki Kovalainen McLaren 1m24.365s 29 Laps
8. Mark Webber Red Bull Racing 1m24.521s 35 Laps
9. Adrian Sutil Force India 1m24.669s 22 Laps
10. Sebastian Vettel Scuderia Toro Rosso 1m24.773s 35 Laps
11. David Coulthard Red Bull Racing 1m25.100s 25 Laps
12. Sebastien Bourdais Scuderia Toro Rosso 1m25.192s 29 Laps
13. Giancarlo Fisichella Force India 1m25.204s 24 Laps
14. Rubens Barrichello Honda 1m25.296s 25 Laps
15. Jenson Button Honda 1m25.309s 34 Laps
16. Kazuki Nakajima Williams 1m25.330s 28 Laps
17. Timo Glock Toyota 1m25.397s 28 Laps
18. Fernando Alonso Renault 1m25.481s 22 Laps
19. Jarno Trulli Toyota 1m25.753s 29 Laps
20. Nelson Piquet Jr. Renault 1m26.195s 7 Laps

Oliver White

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