Friday, September 7, 2007

Monza 1st Free Practice

The Ferrari team dominated the first free practice session at the team's home Grand Prix at Monza this morning. Kimi Raikkonen and Felipe Massa were the fastest drivers at the end of the session, just ahead of championship leader Lewis Hamilton.

The Italian Grand Prix weekend went underway this morning at 10.00am at Monza. Temperatures went already up to 23 degrees Celsius. After half an hour of free practice it was Italian Jarno Trulli topping the time sheets. It wasn't until the 40th minute when Ferrari and McLaren let their drivers go on track. It was a difficult start of the weekend for Alonso. In his installation lap the Spaniard suffered from an technical problem and slowly drove back to the pitlane. Twenty minutes before the end of the session Fernando Alonso went out again but was unable to complete a clean lap during his first flying lap. He missed the chicane and spun in the Ascari chicane. At the same time Lewis Hamilton spun his McLaren around in the first chicane. At Williams and Super Aguri the drivers complained about a nervous rear of the car. Both Rosberg and Sato missed the chicanes this morning a couple of times and will have to work on the stability of their Williams and Super Aguri car. At Spyker the drivers enjoyed the team's official Grand Prix debut with the new car. Adrian Sutil showed immediately the team made a good improvement as the German was able to cover the laps faster than direct his competitors at Scuderia Toro Rosso.
Result :
1. K. Räikkönen Ferrari 1:22.446
2. F. Massa Ferrari 1:22.590
3. L. Hamilton McLaren 1:22.618
4. F. Alonso McLaren 1:22.840
5. N. Rosberg Williams 1:23.472
6. J. Button Honda 1:23.668
7. G. Fisichella Renault 1:23.671
8. R. Kubica BMW 1:23.703
9. N. Heidfeld BMW 1:23.886
10. J. Trulli Toyota 1:23.965
11. H. Kovalainen Renault 1:24.076
12. R. Barrichello Honda 1:24.564
13. T. Sato Super Aguri 1:24.587
14. M. Webber Red Bull 1:24.595
15. R. Schumacher Toyota 1:24.660
16. A. Wurz Williams 1:24.689
17. A. Davidson Super Aguri 1:24.694
18. D. Coulthard Red Bull 1:24.810
19. A. Sutil Spyker F1 1:25.130
20. S. Vettel Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:25.439
21. S. Yamamoto Spyker F1 1:25.448
22. V. Liuzzi Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:25.762

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