Shanghai 2009: Friday Practice One

Shanghai 2009: Friday Practice One

Running has begun in Shanghai for this weekend’s Chinese Grand Prix. Now that the diffuser issue has been settled we can return to racing and although there is the possibility of further sanctions against McLaren, it hasn’t stopped them or slowed them down. Lewis Hamilton headed the tables after the first 90 minute session, and team mate Heikki Kovalainen wasn’t far behind in fourth. the Woking team are running an interim ‘double diffuser’.

Elsewhere in the tables, the Red Bulls were split with Mark Webber going fifth quickest and Sebastian Vettel only going twelfth. The Renaults were also split with Fernando Alonso completing nineteen laps to ninth and Nelson Piquet Jr. ending up in the final position, over 0.7s shy of his team mate.

Nico Rosberg ran well in seventh as did the Toyotas, although Timo Glock skated over the grass on more than one occasion. Both Scuderia Toro Rossos looked good in the first practice, and Force India also capitalised on the low running of the second Renault, the second Williams of Kazuki Nakajima and both BMWs.

Ferrari languished closer to the bottom of the tables along with the BMW pilots, and it would seem that removing the KERS from the Ferrari F60 has had little effect. The BMWs often run heavy in practice, so it isn’t a total surprise to see them nearer the tail of the timing sheet, and Robert Kubica managed to lap within 0.01s of Nick Heidfeld with the KERS firmly attached to the F1.09.

Shanghai 2009
Friday Free Practice One

Lap Time
Fastest Time Set

Laps Set
Number Laps Set

1. British FlagLewis Hamilton McLaren 1m37.334s 22 Laps
2. British FlagJenson Button Brawn 1m37.450s 18 Laps
3. Brazilian FlagRubens Barrichello Brawn 1m37.566s 19 Laps
4. Finnish FlagHeikki Kovalainen McLaren 1m37.672s 23 Laps
5. Australian FlagMark Webber Red Bull Racing 1m37.752s 20 Laps
6. Italian FlagJarno Trulli Toyota 1m37.764s 19 Laps
7. German FlagNico Rosberg Williams 1m37.860s 24 Laps
8. German FlagTimo Glock Toyota 1m27.710s 24 Laps
9. Spanish FlagFernando Alonso Renault 1m38.089s 19 Laps
10. French FlagSebastien Bourdais Scuderia Toro Rosso 1m38.195s 24 Laps
11. Finnish FlagKimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m38.223s 23 Laps
12. German FlagSebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing 1m38.274s 20 Laps
13. Swiss FlagSebastien Buemi Scuderia Toro Rosso 1m38.307s 26 Laps
14. German FlagAdrian Sutil Force India 1m38.319s 18 Laps
15. Brazilian FlagFelipe Massa Ferrari 1m38.418s 20 Laps
16. German FlagNick Heidfeld BMW 1m38.456s 21 Laps
17. Italian FlagGiancarlo Fisichella Force India 1m38.460s 19 Laps
18. Polish FlagRobert Kubica BMW 1m38.463s 21 Laps
19. Japanese FlagKazuki Nakajima Williams 1m38.730s 25 Laps
20. Brazilian FlagNelson Piquet Jr. Renault 1m38.825s 20 Laps

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