2008 French F1 GP – Friday Practice

Felipe Massa in Ferrari was the fastest man on the track in the first practice session in France. Hamilton, Kovalainen and Raikkonen lined up about 7 tenths behind him. Hamilton locked up few times, Kovalainen had nice wide trip over the gravel, Alonso’s engine blew up, Trulli showed us quite nice spin, Kubica was suffering from tyre graining…

The off track excursions continued in practice two. Hamilton, Trulli, Massa, Sutil, Piquet all went out to check out the gravel. Both Ferraris kept ahead of Hamilton in practice 2 but the fastest time and home glory for Renault went to Alonso. Sebastian Vettel finished the session at impressive 5th place. Kubica came 6th, just ahead of the second McLaren of Heikki Kovalainen.

Practice 1 Times:


1. F. Massa – Ferrari – 1:15.306
2. L. Hamilton – McLaren – 1:16.002
3. H. Kovalainen – McLaren – 1:16.055
4. K. Raikkonen – Ferrari – 1:16.073
5. R. Kubica – BMW Sauber – 1:16.377
6. F. Alonso – Renault – 1:16.400
7. J. Trulli – Toyota – 1:16.758
8. S. Vettel – Toro Rosso – 1:16.838
9. N. Heidfeld – BMW Sauber – 1:16.870
10. T. Glock – Toyota – 1:16.886
11. N. Piquet – Renault – 1:17.063
12. D. Coulthard – Red Bull – 1:17.234
13. M. Webber – Red Bull – 1:17.269
14. N. Rosberg – Williams – 1:17.394
15. R. Barrichello – Honda – 1:17.491
16. S. Bourdais – Toro Rosso – 1:17.683
17. K. Nakajima – Williams – 1:17.696
18. J. Button – Honda – 1:17.928
19. G. Fisichella – Force India – 1:18.072
20. A. Sutil – Force India – 1:18.673

Practice 1 Times:

1. F. Alonso – Renault – 1:15.778
2. F. Massa – Ferrari – 1:15.854
3. K. Räikkönen – Ferrari – 1:15.999
4. L. Hamilton – McLaren – 1:16.232
5. S. Vettel – Toro Rosso – 1:16.298
6. R. Kubica – BMW Sauber – 1:16.317
7. H. Kovalainen – McLaren – 1:16.340
8. N. Heidfeld – BMW Sauber – 1:16.458
9. N. Piquet – Renault – 1:16.543
10. D. Coulthard – Red Bull – 1:16.572
11. N. Rosberg – Williams – 1:16.682
12. J. Trulli – Toyota – 1:16.743
13. S. Bourdais – Toro Rosso – 1:16.758
14. K. Nakajima – Williams – 1:17.002
15. T. Glock – Toyota – 1:17.092
16. M. Webber – Red Bull – 1:17.106
17. J. Button – Honda – 1:17.244
18. G. Fisichella – Force India – 1:17.394
19. R. Barrichello – Honda – 1:17.591
20. A. Sutil – Force India – 1:17.868

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  1. StewNo Gravatar says:

    How did Massa pull that lap out on such a green track? Light on fuel maybe, but that’s close to the lap record.

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  2. KotenokNo Gravatar says:

    Little grip there! Lower than in Monaco! Or drivers trust more in the gravel runaways there :P Anyway, we saw some doing errors today, it’s quite usual while testing. But not usual to see it at such speeds and also very difficult to see it twice, three times, four or even for five times without having learnt one thing: “don’t push so hard in that corner”.

    I-m pretty excited about that race, again after tests in Barcelona teams bring better cars and some new solutions to their speed & reliability problems.
    I’m quite surprised how Massa did this day, very fast and up to the second place, but unstable as allways. He sawed a terrible crash to the tyre wall, that’s a good point for him, but he should hear from my advice, “don’t push so hard in that corner”

    The moment which made us hold our breath: http://api.ning.com/files/aguPSQJ1MjvQF9NXsS8cB93C*kLLs6vFGZVKrygCSH1sBeMxjWuA81bpyBPltkZp5OPXmzMKPaO9qSNgrhnc4Uw4QCONY54O/Massaescapes.JPG

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