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Spanish Grand Prix Friday Practice -Red Bull Fastest Again

by F1Fan on May 7, 2010

Friday Practice for the Spanish Grand Prix began in unseasonably cold conditions. During the morning session Cosworth saw their first engine failure of the season when the engine in Nico Hulkenberg’s William FW32 let go.

Hulkenberg’s bad luck continued in the afternoon session when he ran wide, the car appeared to dig into to the crash verge spinning Hukenberg across the track and into the tire wall damaging the nose of the car and bringing out the “Red Flag” which limited running in the second practice session for everyone.

Red Bull ended the afternoon session with both Drivers at the top of the time charts, Vettel setting a blistering time and the only car to get below the 1:20 barrier, gapping Webber by just over two tenths of a second.

Spanish GP Second Practice Session Times

PositionTeamDriverBest LapTime
# of Laps
1Red Bull RacingSebastian Vettel1:19.965-24
2Red Bull RacingMark Webber1:20.175+0.21035
3Mercedes GPMichael Schumacher1:20.757+0.79228
4FerrariFernando Alonso1:20.819+0.85430
5McLarenLewis Hamilton1:21.191+1.22623
6Renault F1Robert Kubica1:21.202+1.23736
7Mercedes GPNico Rosberg1:21.271+1.30627
8FerrariFelipe Massa1:21.302+1.33725
9McLarenJenson Button1:21.364+1.39926
10Force IndiaAdrian Sutil1:21.518+1.55332
11BMW Sauber F1Pedro De La Rosa1:21.672+1.70737
12Force IndiaTonio Liuzzi1:21.904+1.93932
13BMW Sauber F1Kamui Kobayashi1:21.931+1.96629
14Toro RossoSebastien Buemi1:22.184+2.21937
15Williams F1Rubens Barrichello1:22.192+2.22733
16RenaultVitaly Petrov1:22.435+2.47035
17Toro RossoJaime Alguersuari1:22.449+2.48434
18Williams F1Nico Hulkenberg1:23.765+3.8007
19Lotus RacingJarno Trulli1:24.209+4.24426
20Lotus RacingHeikki Kovalainen1:24.894+4.92922
21Virgin RacingLucas Di Grassi1:25.066+5.10130
22HRT F1 RacingKarun Chandhok1:25.972+6.00623
23HRT F1 RacingBruno Senna1:26.152+6.18725
24Virgin RacingTimo Glock1:26.596+6.63121
Friday Practice, May 7, 2010

Many of the teams were trying out their new modifications, Mercedes GP had a significantly modified car for Michael Schumacher which has been modified to reduce the under-steer issues that he has been complaining about, whatever Mercedes did seems to suit Michael’s driving style, setting third fastest time of the day.

Alonso And Massa were testing Ferrari’s version of the McLaren “F Duct” which stalls the air over the rear wing to increase straight line speed. According to Fernando Alonso will have to wait for qualifying to see if Ferrari actually going to use it in the race:

“It’s always nice to race in Barcelona, in front of so many fans, even on a Friday morning: it is definitely a source of extra motivation for me to do well. We worked with different fuel loads, both for qualifying and the race. We are reasonably happy with how things went and with the performance of the updates we tried on track, but we will have to wait until tomorrow to really understand where we stand compared to the other leading teams. As for the new rear wing, we will decide this evening whether or not to also use it in qualifying and the race: the system worked well but obviously, despite the fact we have tested it on various occasions, we still lack a bit of experience before we can get the best out of it.”

Qualifying will be really interesting tomorrow, can Red Bull lock up the front row of the grid again? Will the new modifications on the Ferrari’s give them the speed they are looking for, and will Michael Schumacher out qualify his team mate Nico Rosberg for the first time this season now that he has a car that suits his driving style.

Not long to wait, don’t forget to set your DVR’s the weekend Race schedule can be found here

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