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Wet Interlagos Effects Friday Practice

by F1Fan on October 16, 2009

Today’s Practice at the Interlagos circuit in Brazil was marred by Rain, while not as wet as the practice session in Suzuka two weeks ago, Interlagos never completely dried out with occasional light rain, high humidity and dense cloud cover keeping the track greasy and affecting lap times throughout the session.

Webber and Button were fast throughout most of the session but at the end Alonso managed to extract a great lap out of the R29 and ended up a the top of the time charts, closely followed surprisingly by Buemi in the Toro Rosso and then Barrichello who had spent most of the session languishing in the lower half of the field, eventually finding the right set up and ended up being third fastest only 0.145 seconds slower than Alonso much to the Brazilian Fans delight.

While you can’t draw too many conclusions from Friday Practice as many of the teams are just experimenting with set up, quantifying tire wear and trying to decide which compound of the two available works best for their car. It certainly looks like Brawn Gp and the Red Bull Racing cars are working particularly well.

Surprisingly the McLarens of Hamilton and Kovalainen were not particularly quick managing only 10th and 17th places respectively.

Ferrari’s weekend didn’t start so brilliantly either, with Raikkonen managing no better than 18th and Fisichella ending up slowest of the field.

Kobayashi, Toyota’s replacement for Timo Glock sidelined due to the injury he suffered during qualifying in Japan managed a truly respectable 13th fastest, not bad at all for his first time out.

Qualifying will be interesting tomorrow, a lot will depend on the weather, lets hope it is going to be dry, but in any event the Grand Prix of Brazil is shaping up to be a real nail biter.

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