The first Friday practice session was declared wet but drying during the session. Few drivers – Heidfeld, Kubica, Alonso and Fisichella did not record any times. The quickest cars were Ferraris, ahead of Kovalainen, Rosberg, Hamilton and Schumacher. Vettel had impressive session too with 7th fastest time.
1st Practice Session Times:
1. K. Räikkönen – Ferrari – 1:19.580
2. F. Massa – Ferrari – 1:20.062
3. H. Kovalainen – Renault – 1:20.829
4. N. Rosberg – Williams – 1:21.064
5. L. Hamilton – McLaren – 1:21.121
6. R. Schumacher – Toyota – 1:21.243
7. S. Vettel – Toro Rosso – 1:21.598
8. M. Webber – Red Bull – 1:22.104
To better recognize the new Williams boy on track, here is the helmet of Kazuki Nakajima:
And this is how the helmet looked in action 2 weeks ago in Shanghai during Friday practice:
Check here for all the 2007 Driver Helmets
The last race of 2007 season, 35th Brazilian GP is here. For 25th time the race will be held at Interlagos, near Sao Paulo.
The first F1 race (non-championship) on this track was held in 1972 (won by Reutemann ahead of Peterson and Wilson Fittipaldi). From the following season it became a proper part of the Formula 1 Championship. In 1981 the Brazilian GP moved to Jacarepagua near Rio de Janeiro. It returned back to revised and shortened Interlagos track in 1990.
The track is one of only few anticlockwise circuits on the F1 calendar putting some extra strain on the neck muscles of the drivers. The track has 13 turns (9 left and 4 right) and combines 2 long straights with corners of different nature. The other famous feature of this track is the bumpy surface. However the track was resurfaced recently with same compound as used at Spa and allegedly the bumps mostly disappeared. This means the driver can expect slippery track and the set up requirements may be different than in previous years.
The Polish portal www.f1.v10.pl brought images of the new helmet design that Robert Kubica will use in the final race of 2007 season – Brazilian GP. The new helmet is a work of the Italian house LuckyDesign. Gone is the red and white color scheme reminescent of the Polish flag. The new design is a combination of black and shades of grey (silver), with red lines. It all comes in matt finish.
Robert Kubica used another special helmet design earlier this year in Monza at the Italian Grand Prix.
Here are all 2007 Driver Helmets and several Test Driver Helmets
April 6, 2003 – one of craziest races in the recent memory. Few 2007 GPs came close (Canada, Europe, Japan) but not close enough.
All started in October 2002 when the all team bosses came up with a “wise” cost cutting idea and voted to change the rules to limit the use of wet tyres to just one spec per event. Looks like Max Mosley has not always enjoyed monopoly on creating stupid rules. So fast forward to April 6, 2003 Interlagos circuit. Torrential rain turned the track into free flowing river at some parts but all that the teams had for their disposal that weekend were intermediate tyres. They for sure saved on the tyres, but the high speed Turn 3 became one of the most expensive car wreck centres – by the time the race finished (will come to that), there were Michael Schumacher’s Ferrari, Juan Pablo Montoya’s Williams, Jenson Button’s BAR, Antonio Pizzonia’s Jaguar and both Minardis piled up behind the tyre wall. (videos inside the article)
Kazuki Nakajima has been handed his race debut following the retirement of Alex Wurz.
This means we will see 3 Japanese drivers on the grid of 2007 Brazilian GP. The last time 3 Japanese drivers started Formula 1 race was in 1995 Pacific Grand Prix:
Ukyo Katayama (Tyrrell/Yamaha), Taki Inoue (Footwork/Hart) and Aguri Suzuki (Ligier/Mugen-Honda). The same 3 drivers were also at the Japanese GP the same year. Aguri Suzuki however did not started that race.