2008 Japanese F1 GP – Friday Practice

7 Eleven Livery for Red Bull again in Japan

7 Eleven Livery for Red Bull again in Japan

It looks like back to business as usual in Japan so far. McLarens and Ferraris easily occupied the top 4 spots on the timesheets in Practice 1. Renaults seem to continue their climb, speed of Toro Rossos is no longer a surprise … Looks like we will have close weekend at the top. Toyota hasnt’s impressed much yet on their own track. Red Bull same as last year added 7 Eleven logo on their cars for the Japanese Grand Prix.

Friday Practice 1 Times:

1. L. Hamilton – McLaren – 1:18.910
2. F. Massa – Ferrari – 1:19.063
3. H. Kovalainen – McLaren – 1:19.279
4. K. Räikkönen – Ferrari – 1:19.399
5. F. Alonso – Renault – 1:19.473
6. N. Piquet – Renault – 1:19.743
7. S. Vettel – Toro Rosso – 1:20.121
8. R. Kubica – BMW Sauber – 1:20.160


9. S. Bourdais – Toro Rosso – 1:20.182
10. K. Nakajima – Williams – 1:20.217
11. A. Sutil – Force India – 1:20.288
12. N. Rosberg – Williams – 1:20.350
13. M. Webber – Red Bull – 1:20.620
14. N. Heidfeld – BMW Sauber – 1:20.628
15. J. Trulli – Toyota – 1:20.657
16. R. Barrichello – Honda – 1:20.753
17. J. Button – Honda – 1:20.769
18. T. Glock – Toyota – 1:20.823
19. D. Coulthard – Red Bull – 1:20.905
20. G. Fisichella – Force India – 1:21.014

It was much better session for the home team in the afternoon with Timo Glock clocking the fastest time of the Practice 2. Fernando Alonso continued his Singapore practice form with 2nd quickest time. Not much was separating Lewis Hamilton and Felipe Massa, Massa was a bit slower but he also ran into bit of traffic on his fastest lap. It is very tight field, 17 cars finished Practice 2 within 1 second. It is also interesting to see Red Bull finally faster than Toro Rosso. Did Renault do something to those engines ?

I wonder how they feel in Honda with Button occupying the the last place while their Japanese rivals Toyota had Glock on top with the fastest time of the day …

Both Friday sesssions were dry.

Friday Practice 2 Times:

1. T. Glock – Toyota – 1:18.383
2. F. Alonso – Renault – 1:18.426
3. L. Hamilton – McLaren – 1:18.463
4. F. Massa – Ferrari – 1:18.491
5. K. Räikkönen – Ferrari – 1:18.725
6. M. Webber – Red Bull – 1:18.734
7. K. Nakajima – Williams – 1:18.734
8. S. Vettel – Toro Rosso – 1:18.761
9. H. Kovalainen – McLaren – 1:18.803
10. J. Trulli – Toyota – 1:18.863
11. R. Kubica – BMW Sauber – 1:18.865
12. N. Piquet – Renault – 1:18.888
13. N. Rosberg – Williams – 1:18.981
14. S. Bourdais – Toro Rosso – 1:1.9.040
15. R. Barrichello – Honda – 1:19.258
16. A. Sutil – Force India – 1:19.287
17. D. Coulthard – Red Bull – 1:19.327
18. G. Fisichella – Force India – 1:19.482
19. N. Heidfeld – BMW Sauber – 1:19.894
20. J. Button – Honda – 1:19.999

Photo: Red Bull/GEPA

3 Comments Post a Comment
  1. draconteNo Gravatar says:

    someone saw the new four green grooves on the medium compound and three green and one white on the soft compound?

    I think that in TV we cann´t see the diferent compounds well.

  2. [...] outlet. F1 Wolf also noted that RBR employed a similar marketing ploy during the race in Fuji last year, although you’d have done well to pick them out through the [...]

  3. KotenokNo Gravatar says:

    So seems the green cpmpound works as usually does the black one :-P

    For first time we will see clearly where the tires were blocked while breaking on those lines on the groves.But that idea could have been really cool at the night race of Singapore, if they used fluorescent painting, maybe a great effect in photographies and TV broadcast. But if could be annoying for the public in the grandstands with so many shinny lines moving there.

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