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    F1 Grand Prix - Malaysia

    "Massa fastest in practice 1"


    (Friday 21 March 2008)

    Felipe Massa dominated the opening practice session for the Malaysian Grand Prix, lapping just over a second clear of the rest of the field.

    The Brazilian led a Ferrari one-two ahead of teammate Kimi Raikkonen - despite the latter stopping with a mechanical problem just after the halfway point.

    McLaren's Heikki Kovalainen and Lewis Hamilton took third and fifth, split by Williams' Nico Rosberg.

    World champion Raikkonen had set an early benchmark of 1:36.459, a tenth ahead of his teammate at the time, but on his next run the Finn's car suddenly slowed and came to a halt in the run-off. The reason transpired to be nothing due to reliability, but simply running out of fuel.

    The Ferrari was retrieved under the red flag that was caused almost simultaneously when David Coulthard crashed.

    The Red Bull ran wide through Turn 12, and tried to rejoin at Turn 13, only for its front suspension to shatter when it hit the inside kerbs, sending the car ploughing into the gravel.

    It was just the start of a very bad morning for Red Bull, as Coulthard's teammate Mark Webber stopped 20 minutes later with an apparent engine failure - the Australian pulling into the support pits with smoke billowing from the rear of his car.

    Massa moved to the head of the times in the final half hour. He set a 1:36.387 on his first flying lap of the run, then improved his time on each of the next five laps, eventually working down to a 1:35.744, before knocking another four tenths of a second off that mark in the final minutes.

    The McLarens did not mount a serious challenge for the top spot, with Kovalainen 1.164 seconds slower than Massa by the end of the session.

    Hamilton slowed and pitted due to gearbox issues, which the team were looking into after practice ended, with the Briton subsequently pushed back to fifth when Rosberg put in a fast lap on the softer compound tyres.

    Fernando Alonso took sixth for Renault, while his teammate Nelson Piquet enjoyed a much better practice session than in Melbourne - completing 28 laps (the most of any driver this morning) and lapping just 0.012 seconds slower than Alonso on the way to seventh.

    BMW's Robert Kubica managed eighth despite not setting a flying lap until the final ten minutes, with Jenson Button (Honda) and Jarno Trulli (Toyota) completing the top ten.

    Further back, Sebastian Vettel (Toro Rosso) spun into the gravel after an apparent brake problem at the final hairpin and ended the morning in 15th place, while Force India's Adrian Sutil managed just five laps before smoke from the rear of his car signalled the end of his running.

    Pos Driver / Team Time Laps
    1. Massa / Ferrari (B) 1:35.392 (20 laps)
    2. Raikkonen / Ferrari (B) 1:36.459 +1.067 (8)
    3. Kovalainen / McLaren-Mercedes (B) 1:36.556 +1.164 (21)
    4. Rosberg / Williams-Toyota (B) 1:36.578 +1.186 (23)
    5. Hamilton / McLaren-Mercedes (B) 1:36.626 +1.234 (17)
    6. Alonso / Renault (B) 1:37.022 +1.630 (18)
    7. Piquet / Renault (B) 1:37.034 +1.642 (28)
    8. Kubica / BMW Sauber (B) 1:37.218 +1.826 (9)
    9. Button / Honda (B) 1:37.282 + 1.890 (17)
    10. Trulli / Toyota (B) 1:37.540 + 2.148 (24)
    11. Heidfeld / BMW Sauber (B) 1:37.649 +2.257 (17)
    12. Nakajima / Williams-Toyota (B) 1:37.649 +2.257 (18)
    13. Barrichello / Honda (B) 1:37.776 +2.384 (20)
    14. Glock / Toyota (B) 1:37.782 +2.390 (27)
    15. Vettel / Toro Rosso-Ferrari (B) 1:38.219 +2.827 (26)
    16. Coulthard / Red Bull-Renault (B) 1:38.232 +2.840 (7)
    17. Webber / Red Bull-Renault (B) 1:38.707 +3.315 (12)
    18. Bourdais / Toro Rosso-Ferrari (B) 1:38.798 +3.406 (25)
    19. Fisichella / Force India-Ferrari (B) 1:39.046 +3.654 (21)
    20. Sato / Super Aguri-Honda (B) 1:40.178 +4.786 (11)
    21. Davidson / Super Aguri-Honda (B) 1:40.351 +4.959 (14)
    22. Sutil / Force India-Ferrari (B) 1:41.269 +5.877 (5)

    [www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/65929]

    F1 Grand Prix - Malaysia...

    F1 Grand Prix - Malaysia

    "Hamilton quickest in practice 2"


    (Friday 21 March 2008)

    Lewis Hamilton beat Felipe Massa to the fastest time in second practice at Sepang, with the McLaren driver leaping to the top of the timesheets in the final minutes after Ferrari had dominated the session.

    Ferrari had looked set for a one-two until Hamilton's late lap, with the McLarens having been a second off their title rivals' pace for much of the afternoon.

    But as the track temperature cooled, Hamilton produced a 1:35.055 lap to beat Massa by 0.151 seconds. He then set even faster sector times two laps later before choosing to pit rather than raise the bar further.

    Having missed half the session after running out of fuel in the middle of the circuit this morning, Massa's Ferrari teammate Kimi Raikkonen set the early pace when afternoon practice commenced.

    The world champion set a 1:36.045 lap on his first run, then improved to 1:35.627 when he tried the soft Bridgestones.

    Massa gradually edged closer to Raikkonen's time, before moving ahead in the final 20 minutes.

    He rejoined for another soft tyre run after being beaten by Hamilton, but was unable to improve and had to settle for second.

    Although Raikkonen got his time down to 1:35.428, he remained third.

    Jenson Button vaulted to a surprise fourth place for Honda in the final seconds of the session, pushing Toro Rosso's Sebastian Vettel down to fifth. The young German had been amongst the front-runners all afternoon, having been as high as second position early on.

    Jarno Trulli (Toyota) completed the top six, with Hamilton's McLaren teammate Heikki Kovalainen only seventh fastest.

    Giancarlo Fisichella got Force India into the top ten again, taking ninth place between BMW's Robert Kubica and Williams' Kazuki Nakajima.

    After their promising morning, Renault slipped to 14th and 15th this afternoon. Fernando Alonso, who spun at the final hairpin, was again fractionally faster than teammate Nelson Piquet.

    Red Bull's David Coulthard and Toro Rosso's Sebastien Bourdais both failed to set a time. Coulthard remained in the garage as RBR continued with repairs and investigations following his dramatic crash in the first session, while Bourdais suffered an apparent engine failure on his first lap of the afternoon.

    Despite predictions of thunderstorms throughout the weekend, conditions remained dry throughout Friday practice, with no rain falling at Sepang so far today.

    Pos Driver Team Time Laps

    1. Hamilton / McLaren-Mercedes (B) 1:35.055 (32 laps)
    2. Massa / Ferrari (B) 1:35.206 +0.151 (33)
    3. Raikkonen / Ferrari (B) 1:35.428 +0.373 (36)
    4. Button / Honda (B) 1:36.037 +0.982 (40)
    5. Vettel / Toro Rosso-Ferrari (B) 1:36.474 +1.419 (35)
    6. Trulli / Toyota (B) 1:36.493 +1.438 (38)
    7. Kovalainen / McLaren-Mercedes (B) 1:36.512 + 1.457 (30)
    8. Kubica / BMW Sauber (B) 1:36.671 +1.616 (33)
    9. Fisichella / Force India-Ferrari (B) 1:36.756 +1.701 (37)
    10. Nakajima / Williams-Toyota (B) 1:36.838 +1.783 (34)
    11. Barrichello / Honda (B) 1:36.879 +1.824 (38)
    12. Rosberg / Williams-Toyota (B) 1:36.908 +1.853 (36)
    13. Heidfeld / BMW Sauber (B) 1:37.106 +2.051 (35)
    14. Alonso / Renault (B) 1:37.328 +2.273 (23)
    15. Piquet / Renault (B) 1:37.331 +2.276 (42)
    16. Webber / Red Bull-Renault (B) 1:37.346 +2.291 (37)
    17. Glock / Toyota (B) 1:37.512 +2.457 (35)
    18. Sutil / Force India-Ferrari (B) 1:37.614 +2.559 (35)
    19. Sato / Super Aguri-Honda (B) 1:39.021 +3.966 (27)
    20. Davidson / Super Aguri-Honda (B) 1:39.361 +4.306 (30)
    21. Bourdais / Toro Rosso-Ferrari (B) No time
    22. Coulthard / Red Bull-Renault (B) No time

    [www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/65939]

    Re: F1 Grand Prix - Malaysia...

    Thanks for the times. BTW a thread on this already exists here:

    http://www.rennteam.com/showflat.php?Cat=0&Number=427827&an=0&page=0&gonew=1#UNREAD

    Re: F1 Grand Prix - Malaysia...

    Thank you for the summaries, atleast I know what is going on as I cannot watch it (boo boo) ITV doesn't allow people watching the clips from outside the UK. Any one recommends channelsurfing.net (is it worth the 29 dollars)?

    Cheers,

    Mark

    Re: F1 Grand Prix - Malaysia...

    Quote:
    Markdsv said:
    Thank you for the summaries, atleast I know what is going on as I cannot watch it (boo boo) ITV doesn't allow people watching the clips from outside the UK. Any one recommends channelsurfing.net (is it worth the 29 dollars)?

    Cheers,

    Mark



    I watch F1 on ITV in Germany on GermanSky.

    Re: F1 Grand Prix - Malaysia...

    Quote:
    AUM said:
    Quote:
    Markdsv said:
    Thank you for the summaries, atleast I know what is going on as I cannot watch it (boo boo) ITV doesn't allow people watching the clips from outside the UK. Any one recommends channelsurfing.net (is it worth the 29 dollars)?

    Cheers,

    Mark



    I watch F1 on ITV in Germany on GermanSky.



    Cheers !! doesn't help me here though any more suggestions people !!!!

     
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