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Silverstone 2009: Friday Practice One

Silverstone 2009: Friday Practice One

Believe it or not, there is actually a race happening this weekend, the host being Silverstone in the UK and currently being billed as the final Formula One race the Northamptonshire circuit will hold. And moments ago the first practice drew to a close with the Red Bull pilots looking comfortable at the top of the timing sheets. Brawn are just behind, although some 0.8s shy of the pace and Force India found themselves in P10 and P11.

With a cool track temperature this morning, drivers struggled to get heat into their tyres, some taking as many as five laps before feeling comfortable on the rubber. This lead to a number of incidents of drivers spinning and/or almost losing the car under braking. Nelson Piquet Jr predictably spun in his Renault and Jarno Trulli visited the scenery at Becketts at the end of the session. Team mate Timo Glock found himself pointing the wrong way at Club as well, but like Piquet, he was also able to keep going.

Mark Webber lead for much of the session but a late charge from Sebastian Vettel moved him up the timing sheet. Also doing well were Giancarlo Fisichella and Adrian Sutil, who found themselves in P10 and P11 respectively.

Doing less well than usual for a free practice session were the Williams duo of Nico Rosberg and Kazuki Nakajima. All season the pair have impressed on Friday, but at Silverstone Rosberg could only manage P9 while Nakajima struggled down in P17.

Silverstone 2009
Friday Free Practice One

Lap Time
Fastest Time Set

Laps Set
Number Laps Set

1. German FlagSebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing 1m19.400s 20 Laps
2. Australian FlagMark Webber Red Bull Racing 1m19.682s 19 Laps
3. British FlagJenson Button Brawn 1m20.227s 20 Laps
4. Brazilian FlagRubens Barrichello Brawn 1m20.242s 29 Laps
5. Spanish FlagFernando Alonso Renault 1m20.458s 26 Laps
6. Brazilian FlagFelipe Massa Ferrari 1m20.471s 23 Laps
7. Italian FlagJarno Trulli Toyota 1m20.585 32 Laps
8. British FlagLewis Hamilton McLaren 1m20.650s 26 Laps
9. German FlagNico Rosberg Williams 1m20.815s 32 Laps
10. Italian FlagGiancarlo Fisichella Force India 1m20.838s 25 Laps
11. German FlagAdrian Sutil Force India 1m20.913s 22 Laps
12. Finnish FlagHeikki Kovalainen McLaren 1m21.029s 22 Laps
13. German FlagNick Heidfeld BMW 1m21.103s 24 Laps
14. Finnish FlagKimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m21.179s 27 Laps
15. French FlagSebastien Bourdais Scuderia Toro Rosso 1m21.384s 23 Laps
16. German FlagTimo Glock Toyota 1m21.386s 32 Laps
17. Japanese FlagKazuki Nakajima Williams 1m21.489s 26 Laps
18. Brazilian FlagNelson Piquet Jr. Renault 1m21.525s 30 Laps
19. Swiss FlagSebastien Buemi Scuderia Toro Rosso 1m21.590s 37 Laps
20. Polish FlagRobert Kubica BMW 1m21.801s 16 Laps

Oliver White

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