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Turkey 2009: Free Practice Two

Turkey 2009: Free Practice Two

Heikki Kovalainen managed to top the second free practice session of the Turkish Grand Prix weekend, steering his McLaren MP4-24 around the Istanbul Park circuit in a time 0.006s faster than second placed driver Fernando Alonso. Once again, Brawn did not feature in the top few positions, although Jarno Trulli kept himself in the mix with P6 and Robert Kubica showed some serious improvement to finish in P3.

Kazuki Nakajima also improved, this time getting ahead of team mate Nico Roberg who ended his morning run in P1. Nakajima managed to set a P4 time, 0.2s faster than Rosberg who himself finished in P7. Rubens Barrichello and Mark Webber also improved over their morning form, the Brawn pilot going 0.2s faster than his pre-lunch time, and Webber shedding 0.7s from his earlier pace.

Sebastian Vettel in the sister Red Bull car managed to sustain his previous position, going from P4 in the morning run to P5 in the afternoon. However, his post-lunch appearance was cut short after just 4 laps, the German race winner stopping at T2 with a driveshaft problem. Vettel still managed to set a time 0.1s faster than he did in the morning.

Of the spinners, Lewis Hamilton made the most impression having pirouetted his McLaren around twice during the second 90 minute session. Also not performing as they should were Giancarlo Fisichella and Kazuki Nakajima, who made contact at T12/T13 complex, neither driver apparently offering the other enough room.

Turkey 2009
Friday Free Practice Two

Lap Time
Fastest Time Set

Laps Set
Number Laps Set

1. Finnish FlagHeikki Kovalainen McLaren 1m28.841s 37 Laps
2. Spanish FlagFernando Alonso Renault 1m28.847s 35 Laps
3. Polish FlagRobert Kubica BMW 1m29.056s 35 Laps
4. Japanese FlagKazuki Nakajima Williams 1m29.091s 37 Laps
5. German FlagSebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing 1m29.202s 4 Laps
6. Italian FlagJarno Trulli Toyota 1m29.207s 40 Laps
7. German FlagNico Rosberg Williams 1m29.257s 40 Laps
8. Brazilian FlagRubens Barrichello Brawn 1m29.305s 34 Laps
9. Australian FlagMark Webber Red Bull Racing 1m29.383s 39 Laps
10. Brazilian FlagNelson Piquet Jr. Renault 1m29.401s 38 Laps
11. Brazilian FlagFelipe Massa Ferrari 1m29.416s 37 Laps
12. British FlagJenson Button Brawn 1m29.430s 32 Laps
13. British FlagLewis Hamilton McLaren 1m29.435s 31 Laps
14. German FlagTimo Glock Toyota 1m29.518s 40 Laps
15. Finnish FlagKimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m29.520s 33 Laps
16. German FlagNick Heidfeld BMW 1m29.550s 40 Laps
17. German FlagAdrian Sutil Force India 1m30.081s 32 Laps
18. Italian FlagGiancarlo Fisichella Force India 1m30.091s 37 Laps
19. French FlagSebastien Bourdais Scuderia Toro Rosso 1m30.295s 39 Laps
20. Swiss FlagSebastien Buemi Scuderia Toro Rosso 1m30.629s 36 Laps

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