Australia 2009: Friday Practice One

Australia 2009: Friday Practice One

This is it, Formula One 2009 has begun. Earlier this morning all twenty drivers left the Albert Park pitlane to start the first practice session of the Australian Grand Prix. Surprisingly, it was Nico Rosberg who led after the 90 minute session was up. What made Rosberg’s lap time even more impressive was the outright pace – the Williams lapped Albert Park a tenth faster than Hamilton’s 2008 pole lap.

Not only was Rosberg’s Williams at the top of the tables, but team mate Kazuki Nakajima confirmed the pace by finishing in second, less than 0.1s slower. It would appear that the FW31 isn’t all that bad. The factory Toyota team failed to impress with Timo Glock in eighth and Jarno Trulli in twelfth.

The Ferraris ran well, and Kimi Raikkonen ended the morning session in third while Felipe Massa finished in seventh, although almost a second shy of the top three’s pace. Brawn delivered with Rubens Barrichello in fourth and Jenson Button in sixth, while McLaren managed fifth with Heikki Kovalainen, but a lowly sixteenth for Lewis Hamilton. Hamilton was about 1.5s off his team mate’s pace.

Adrian Sutil ran well for Force India, now utilising Mercedes-Benz power among other things. The German completed twenty laps en route to ninth and finishing ahead of Fernando Alonso’s Renault. Nelson Piquet had a fairly torrid session and couldn’t improve on eighteenth, despite being the second-busiest driver of the morning.

The Red Bull family perhaps showed the most disappointing form this form, with Sebastian Vettel stopping on track with a hydraulic problem. The German could only complete four laps and therefore his time was well off the pace. Team mate Mark Webber fared a little better, although seventeenth isn’t exactly where he would like to be. Sebastien Buemi completed the most laps and finished in fifteenth while Sebastien Bourdais ended the morning in nineteenth.

Australia 2009
Friday Free Practice One

Lap Time
Fastest Time Set

Laps Set
Number Laps Set

1. German FlagNico Rosberg Williams 1m26.687s 19 Laps
2. Japanese FlagKazuki Nakajima Williams 1m26.736s 21 Laps
3. Finnish FlagKimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m26.750s 24 Laps
4. Brazilian FlagRubens Barrichello Brawn 1m27.226s 21 Laps
5. Finnish FlagHeikki Kovalainen McLaren 1m27.453s 15 Laps
6. British FlagJenson Button Brawn 1m27.467s 12 Laps
7. Brazilian FlagFelipe Massa Ferrari 1m27.642s 24 Laps
8. German FlagTimo Glock Toyota 1m27.710s 24 Laps
9. German FlagAdrian Sutil Force India 1m27.993s 20 Laps
10. Spanish FlagFernando Alonso Renault 1m28.123s 16 Laps
11. German FlagNick Heidfeld BMW 1m28.137s 20 Laps
12. Italian FlagJarno Trulli Toyota 1m28.142s 21 Laps
13. Polish FlagRobert Kubica BMW 1m28.511s 22 Laps
14. Italian FlagGiancarlo Fisichella Force India 1m28.603s 16 Laps
15. Swiss FlagSebastien Buemi Scuderia Toro Rosso 1m28.785s 27 Laps
16. British FlagLewis Hamilton McLaren 1m29.042s 18 Laps
17. French FlagMark Webber Red Bull Racing 1m29.081s 7 Laps
18. Brazilian FlagNelson Piquet Jr. Renault 1m29.461s 25 Laps
19. French FlagSebastien Bourdais Scuderia Toro Rosso 1m29.499s 21 Laps
20. German FlagSebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing 1m32.784s 4 Laps

1 comment

  • Hadn’t realised how few laps Button did compared to Rubens – had wondered whether Rubens had it over Jenson, but guess it’s way too early to judge that one.

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