Turkish GP weekend has started with the Friday practice. Lewis Hamilton was the quickest in the morning practice about a second ahead of his team mate Jenson Button. Sakon Yamamoto who replaced Bruno Senna in HRT for FP1 was the slowest one. Lucas do Grassi using the new Virgin chassis for the first time finished the session half a second ahead of Timo Glock. Ferrari and Red Bull clearly focused on things other than fast laps.
Robert Kubica was the fastest driver in the final practice session for 2010 Monaco GP ahead of Massa, Webber and Hamilton. Four different cars among top four. We had a glimpse of what the qualifying may be like with traffic affecting the lap times quite a lot in the closing stages of the session.
Fernando Alonso, the fastest driver on Thursday, faces race against time to get his car ready for the race after hitting the wall early on during the practice causing heavy damage to his car. UPDATE – Fernando Alonso will not take part in the qualifying after damaging the chassis in the FP3 accident. He will use new chassis in the race and therefore will have to start from the pitlane.
It is Monaco time and that means that Friday comes a day early – the Monaco weekend begins today with first two free practice sessions. (Why ? Because Monaco is special, Friday is time for rest and PR and so on …)
Fernando Alonso was the fastest driver in the morning session, the only driver in 1:15s few hundreds ahead of Sebastian Vettel who managed 1:16s sharp. Robert Kubica finished the session in third place. The difference between the fastest Alonso and slowest Chandhok was almost 6 secs per lap.
Sebastian Vettel dominated in the final practice for the 2010 Spanish GP finishing the session 7 tenths ahead of Mark Webber. McLaren drivers Hamilton and Button finished third and fourth just ahead of Michael Schumacher. Earlier in the session Petrov and Kobayashi crashed out after loosing grip on wet kerbs causing red flag. At the back of the field Lotus seems to have pulled away from Virgin by about one second judging from the practice times. During the practice it was announced that both Virgin drivers will get 5 place grid penalties after their team failed to notify the FIA about its intended gear ratios.
The Spanish GP weekend begins today in Barcelona with two practice sessions. Lewis Hamilton was the fastest driver in the morning practice, just over a half a second ahead of Jenson Button and Michael Schumacher.
Heikki Kovalainen was fastest of the new teams drivers in the upgraded Lotus, about a second ahead of his team mate Jarno Trulli and Timo Glock in Virgin Racing car.
Red Bull drivers were fastest in the second practice session. Sebastian Vettel became the first and so far the only driver to get to 1:19s with 1:19.965, two tenths ahead of Mark Webber. Michael Schumacher ended in 3rd place, about half a second faster than Nico Rosberg (P7). This was probably the best day in the office for Schumacher so far this season.
Earlier in the session Nico Hulkenberg crashed into the tyre barriers, damaging his car and causing the only red flag of the day.
Jenson Button posted the fastest time in the first practice session for the Chinese GP ahead of Nico Rosberg, Lewis Hamilton, Michael Schumacher and Sebastian Vettel. Worry for Ferrari as the team suffered yet another engine failure (Fernando Alonso). The major talking point however will be the massive and scary crash of Sebastien Buemi. Both his front wheels came off his car at the same moment under braking at the end of the long back straight. No one was hurt …
Mark Webber posted the fastest time in the final qualifying session for Malaysian GP ahead of Lewis Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel, Fernando Alonso and Michael Schumacher. Rain was in the air during the FP3 but somehow it managed to miss the Sepang circuit. Timo Glock in Virgin was the fastest of the new teams in this session.
The Malaysian GP weekend has started with Friday practice. The Mercedes powered cars did well in the morning session. Hamilton was fastest ahead of Rosberg, Button and Schumacher. Two teams used their third drivers in this session – Force India (Paul di Resta) and Lotus (Fairuz Fauzy). It seems to have been good session for all the new teams – lots of laps and no obvious problems.
Lewis Hamilton was the fastest driver out also in the second practice session. Sebastian Vettel in P2 was the only non Mercedes powered car in top 5. Mark Webber retired early in the session following suspected engine failure. Ferrari seemed to be on different program than the other front running teams and only went for lower fuel runs towards the very end of the FP2. No rain during the practice sessions today but there was some between FP1 and FP2.
Today was the first day of F1 action in Melbourne. It started nice sunny hot, later turned cool and windy and during the second practice session the drivers could sample some light rain for the first time this season. Here is selection of pictures I took in Melbourne today (click on the thumbnails to enlarge the images). The conditions were quite tricky – first way too much light under the strong sunshine, then not too much light when the rain arrived. If you wonder why there are no images of Lewis Hamilton, Felipe Massa or Nico Rosberg the reason is simple – I had no luck focusing on their cars (in Rosberg’s case on his helmet) …
Fernando Alonso was the fastest driver in the final practice session of the 2010 Bahrain GP weekend, second place in FP3 belongs to Nico Rosberg who was about 1.5 tenths faster than his team mate Michael Schumacher (4th fastest time in FP3).
There is one certainty already after FP3. As the HRT team failed to get Karun Chandhok’s car ready he completely missed all the practice sessions and therefore will not be able to take part in the qualifying and the race. He will have to wait for his F1 debut for another 2 weeks. That also means we still need to wait for another F1 race featuring 24 cars … or not ? – see this tweet
The 2010 F1 season kicked off today with the Friday practice. Fastets time of the morning session belongs to Adrian Sutil in Force India car ahead of Alonso, Kubica, Massa and Button. We will only find out later this weekend what these times mean … At the other end of the time sheets are as expected the new teams.
The Brazilian GP weekend started yesterday with the Friday practice sessions. Although as as always it is difficult to make any conclusions from Friday times the indications are that Red Bull has arrived in Brazil with a strong package. But so did Brawn GP … But closer look at the practice 2 times reveals that all cars were separated with less than 1 second. The qualifying may bring some surprises …
The latest weather forecasts suggest both Saturday practice and qualifying may be affected by rain.