2008 German F1 GP – Friday Free Practice

The morning session started on wet track but later on the teams were able to switch to dry weather tyres. Hamilton and Kovalainen finished the session on top ahead of Massa. The only notable incident was Kubica’s crash.

The second practice took part in dry conditions. Lewis Hamilton was again the qucikest guy on track ahead of both Ferraris and Heikki Kovalainen.

To follow Hockenheim weather, you can check this webcam on the track.

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2008 British F1 GP – Saturday Practice – Alonso ends up on top

Wet and dry Saturday practice produced some confusing times. Alonso ended up on top ahead of Webber and Kovalainen. It is hard to tell if these times mean anything at all …

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2008 British F1 GP – Live Blog – Saturday Practice

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2008 British F1 GP – Friday Practice

Felipe Massa Crash Silverstone Free Practice

Felipe Massa crashed heavily into the tyre wall after spinning off the track. It looks like the cause was some oil dropped by Alonso after his engine failed at the same place a while earlier. The sesion was red flagged to deal with the debris but Massa walked away OK.

It is very close between Ferrari and McLaren. Despite his crash Massa remained at the top of the timesheets after P1, but Kovailainen was only 0.012s and Hamilton 0.048s behind … Raikkonen, Kubica, both Renaults, Vettel, Coulthard and Rosberg were the others in top 10.

Massa’s car has benn fixed and he could take part in the later part of the practice 2. P2 was dominated by McLaren and Red Bull. Heikki Kovalainen posted the fastest time ahead of Mark Webber, Lewis Hamilton and David Couthard. Ferraris did not do too well. But Raikkonen looked like being on different program than the P2 front runners and Massa’s slower times might have had somethung to do with his later entry into the session.

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2008 French F1 GP – Saturday Practice

This looked like one of the sessions where the top drivers did not put their top speeds on display. The top spot went to Renault again – this time to Nelson Piquet. Renault do seem to have good package for their home Grand Prix … Vettel also continued to impress with 3rd place just behind Mark Webber of Red Bull proper. Eighteen drivers were separated by less than a second, only Force India cars lagged behind a bit more. It looks like we may have very interesting qualifying. The Q2 will be very interesting but already getting out of Q1 will not be easy …

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2008 French F1 GP – Saturday Practice Live Blog

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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.

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2008 Canadian F1 GP – Saturday practice and qualifying

No rain today but still it was an eventful practice session this morning in Montreal. That was after rather quiet first fifteen minutes. After that all the teams tried to make up for the time they lost while the track was wet on Friday morning. Some were trying too hard, 2 cars hit the wall – Bourdais and Vettel, Nelson Piquet skilfully parked it right next to the wall. Vettel did enough damage to his car to miss the qualifying … Bourdais damaged his gearbox and got himself 5 place grid penalty for Sunday race. For the record Nico Rosberg was the fastest man on track in the morning session.

Morning practice suggested that perhaps we could see some surprise from Toro Rosso in qualifying. Vettel however was not able to take part in qualifying and the best Bourdais could manage was 16th just behind 15th Nelson Piquet. Jenson Button did not make it to Q2 for the first time this season after what looked like some mechanical problems. The other 2 looser spots went as usual to Force India cars.

It was much more exciting in Q2. Both Timo Glock and Kazuki Nakajima were getting very close to Q3 but at the end the only unusual name in top 10 was Rubens Barrichello. Mark Webber was very impressive, finished Q2 in 5th place but unfortunately spun off on the way back to pits and was not able to take part in Q3. Already in Q2 the track was visibly deteriorating and drivers were not able to match their Q1 times. The track conditions only got worse in Q3 and so the final session turned into sort of a gamble. Lewis Hamilton occupied the top spot for most of the time. Kimi Raikkonen was able to go faster in sectors 1 and 2 but not in the sector 3. Only Robert Kubica managed to claim the pole position for a while but Hamilton reclaimed it back on his final run. Renault must be excited with Alonso on P4, Williams should be very happy with P5 for Rosberg. Barrichello only made one run, probably choosing to save up fuel for the race.

The drivers seems to be attracted to the walls and I would be surprised if we have no safety car out tomorrow. If that happens, anything can happen …

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2008 Turkish GP – Saturday Practice

The track was officially wet but looked quite dry except few wet patches. Mark Webber finished the session at the top ahead of Alonso and Coulthard. The top 16 were separated only by 1 second. The qualifying later today should be exciting. And … there is a possibility of rain …

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2008 Turkish Formula 1 GP – Friday Practice

I managed to see bits and pieces of the first practice. It started with wet track between turns 3 and 9 due to late cleaning :-) . It continued with cars sliding all over the place (and not because of the late cleaning). Felipe Massa was the fastest driver of the session but he also managed to get off the track more than once (I saw twice). He needs to make friends with Turn 8 :-) . Not sure what happened to Kimi, he did one timed lap and ended up at the tail of the order. But if the weekend continues the way it has begun, we may see some interesting action on th track. Not the best show from the Red Bull family …

Kimi Raikkonen recovered from the gearbox problems and recorded the fastest time in second practice just ahead of Hamilton and Massa. Rain affected early stages of the session only but the track seemed quite damp till the end. Cars however spent the whole session on dry tyres, at least as far as I could tell. There was not much grip and the off-track trips continued in second session too. Mark Webber crashed his car, few drivers lost the rears of their cars. How I wish there is about this much for qualifying and the race :-) .

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Live Blog – Spanish GP – Free Practice 3

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2008 Bahrain Formula 1 GP – Saturday Free Practice – Rosberg on top

Nico Rosberg Bahrain 2008Nico Rosberg in Williams confirmed a good form this weekend in the final practice for Bahrain GP. He finished the session 2 tenths ahead of Massa and Webber. It was quiet session for Ferrari, each driver barely managed 3 timed laps… Massa lead the timesheets since his first timed lap. Towards the end however many drivers embarked on quick low fuel runs and the table below is the result. As it is becoming a habit this season, McLarens did not show much pace in P3.:

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1. Sebastian VETTEL
2 Mark WEBBER
Ferrari
3. Fernando ALONSO
4. Felipe MASSA
McLaren
5. Jenson BUTTON
6. Sergio PEREZ
Lotus
7. Kimi RAIKKONEN
8. Romain GROSJEAN
Mercedes
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10. Lewis HAMILTON
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12. Esteban GUTIEREZ
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17. Valtteri BOTTAS
Toro Rosso
18. Daniel RICCIARDO
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