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Australian Grand Prix – Friday Practice

by F1Fan on March 26, 2010

Mclaren top the time charts during Friday Practice with Lewis Hamilton beating out his Team mate Jenson Button and MArk Webber in the Red Bull Racing RB6 making up the top three.

Friday Practise was a mixed affair with the morning practise session being held under dry conditions, but Rain effecting portions of the afternoon session. Luckily for Mclaren Hamilton went out early in the afternoon session setting fastest lap before the rain hit.

Commenting on Friday practice Lewis Hamilton was pretty enthusiastic:

“I definitely think we’ve made some improvements to our pace compared with Bahrain. And the feeling over one lap is better for us. That’s what we’ve been trying to work on since the first race, and I feel more confident that, going into qualifying, we’ll be able to attack the guys who were at the front two weeks ago.

Despite this afternoon’s wet weather, we went out early in the second session when it was still dry and got some good running under our belts in order to see how some of the changes we’d made between the sessions felt.

We’re feeling positive. We’d hoped to evaluate some further changes at the end of P2, but the track still wasn’t up to full speed. Nevertheless, we feel quite comfortable with the balance of the car. I actually feel very relaxed: I’ve got a car that probably feels better than I’ve ever had at this track, so that’s a major positive.”

Surprisingly, after their dominating performance at the last Grand Prix, Ferrari were stuck down in the lower half of the field during this afternoons session, not exactly what Ferrari Team principal Stefano Domenicali wanted, putting the teams mediocre performance today to circuit traffic and weather conditions. However not much can be really drawn from the results today due to the varying fuel loads the teams are running. Qualifying will be a different story, finding clear track at Albert Park is particularly difficult as Stephano stressed when summing up the day:

“We tried to get through all our planned programme, which centred on finding the best set-up for the race and on evaluating the two types of tyre Bridgestone has supplied for this Grand Prix. Obviously, we would have preferred to have been able to do more laps in consistent conditions, but this applies to everyone, so it’s not worth complaining about. All in all, from what we could see, the situation is similar to the one in Bahrain. Tomorrow, it will be vital to have a good qualifying: in order to do that, it will be very important to manage the timing to find the best moment to go out and do a time, especially in the first two sessions.”

Australia GP Second Practice Session Times

PositionTeamDriverBest LapTime
1McLarenLewis Hamilton1:25.801-
2McLarenJenson Button1:26.076+0.275
3Red Bull RacingMark Webber1:26.248+0.627
4Mercedes GPMichael Schumacher1:26.511+0.710
5Renault F1Vitaly Petrov1:26.732+0.931
6Toro RossoSebastien Buemi1:26.832+1.031
7Force IndiaAdrian Sutil1:26.834+1.033
8Force IndiaTonio Liuzzi1:26.835+1.034
9Williams F1Rubens Barrichello1:26.904+1.103
10Mercedes GPNico Resberg1:26.956+1.155
11Renault F1Robert Kubica1:27.108+1.307
12BMW Sauber F1Pedro De La Rosa1:27.108+1.307
13BMW Sauber F1Kamui Kobayashi1:27.455+1.654
14Williams F1Nico Hulkenberg1:27.545+1.744
15FerrariFernando Alonso1:29.025+3.224
16Red Bull RacingSebastian Vettel1:29.134+3.333
17FerrariFelipe Massa1:29.591+3.790
18Lotus RacingHeikki Kovalainen1:29.860+4.059
19Toro RossoJamie Alguersuari1:30.510+4.709
20Lotus RacingJarno Trulli1:30.695+4.894
21Virgin RacingTimo Glock1:32.117+6.316
22Virgin RacingLucas Do GrassiNo Time--
23HRT F1 RacingKarun ChandhokNo Time--
24HRT F1 RacingBruno SennaNo Time--
Friday Practice, March 26, 2010

Bringing up the rear were HRT F1 Racing and Virgin Racing with both teams suffering from reliability issues, while both Lotus Racing Drivers, Hiekki Kovalainen and Jarno Trulli managed to run in both practice sessions and while still off the pace managed to finish 18th and 20th respectively.

Roll on Qualifying.

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