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Monza 2008: Friday Morning Practice

Monza 2008: Friday Morning Practice

The first 90 minute free practice session for this weekend’s Italian Grand Prix was completed under heavy rain. The start of the session saw little actual precipitation fall, but the track was still damp from earlier showers. Only a few drivers went out and completed a fast lap, and then further showers prevented the remainder of the field going out on track. Adrian Sutil in the Force India set the quickest time, with team mate Giancarlo Fisichella in third.

The practice run was red flagged four minutes from completion due to the severity of the rain making running very dangerous. The drains in the Monza pitlane became overwhelmed and even the drivers sheltering in the garage ended up getting wet feet as water trickled in from all quarters. Kazuki Nakajima experienced the most notable incident, sliding off at the first Lesmos and bouncing over the gravel, although Felipe Massa, Sebastian Vettel, Fernando Alonso, Adrian Sutil and Nelson Piquet Jr all spun or took the scenic route around corners.

Monza 2008: Friday Free Practice One

1. Adrian Sutil Force India 1m32.842s 18 Laps
2. Rubens Barrichello Honda 1m33.428s 14 Laps
3. Giancarlo Fisichella Force India 1m33.695s 19 Laps
4. Timo Glock Toyota 1m36.800s 13 Laps
5. Nico Rosberg Williams 1m36.900s 9 Laps
6. Fernando Alonso Renault 1m36.965s 10 Laps
7. Sebastien Bourdais Scuderia Toro Rosso 1m37.142s 20 Laps
8. Jarno Trulli Toyota 1m37.214s 13 Laps
9. Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m37.392s 5 Laps
10. Sebastian Vettel Scuderia Toro Rosso 1m37.754s 13 Laps
11. Nelson Piquet Jr. Renault 1m38.057s 11 Laps
12. David Coulthard Red Bull Racing 1m38.303s 7 Laps
13. Jenson Button Honda 1m39.062s 12 Laps
14. Felipe Massa Ferrari 1m40.233s 5 Laps
15. Nick Heidfeld BMW No Time 1 Lap
16. Kazuki Nakajima Williams No Time 2 Laps
17. Robert Kubica BMW No Time 1 Lap
18. Heikki Kovalainen McLaren No Time 1 Lap
19. Mark Webber Red Bul Racing No Time 1 Lap
20. Lewis Hamilton McLaren No Time 1 Lap

Oliver White

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