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Practice Times

Practise 1

1. Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes (B) 1:33.647 + 19
2. Heidfeld BMW Sauber (B) 1:33.907 + 0.260 17
3. Kubica BMW Sauber (B) 1:33.938 + 0.291 17
4. Rosberg Williams-Toyota (B) 1:34.227 + 0.580 24
5. Button Brawn GP-Mercedes (B) 1:34.434 + 0.787 15
6. Kovalainen McLaren-Mercedes (B) 1:34.502 + 0.855 24
7. Barrichello Brawn GP-Mercedes (B) 1:34.531 + 0.884 18
8. Massa Ferrari (B) 1:34.589 + 0.942 17
9. Webber Red Bull-Renault (B) 1:34.827 + 1.180 21
10. Raikkonen Ferrari (B) 1:34.827 + 1.180 19
11. Nakajima Williams-Toyota (B) 1:34.880 + 1.233 24
12. Vettel Red Bull-Renault (B) 1:34.938 + 1.291 21
13. Piquet Renault (B) 1:34.974 + 1.327 21
14. Sutil Force India-Mercedes (B) 1:35.021 + 1.374 18
15. Trulli Toyota (B) 1:35.036 + 1.389 22
16. Fisichella Force India-Mercedes (B) 1:35.042 + 1.395 16
17. Glock Toyota (B) 1:35.333 + 1.686 20
18. Alonso Renault (B) 1:35.348 + 1.701 24
19. Bourdais Toro Rosso-Ferrari (B) 1:35.353 + 1.706 22
20. Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari (B) 1:35.369 + 1.722 15

Practise 2

1. Rosberg Williams-Toyota (B) 1:33.339 36
2. Alonso Renault (B) 1:33.530 + 0.191 25
3. Trulli Toyota (B) 1:33.616 + 0.277 37
4. Vettel Red Bull-Renault (B) 1:33.661 + 0.322 29
5. Webber Red Bull-Renault (B) 1:33.676 + 0.337 32
6. Button Brawn-Mercedes (B) 1:33.694 + 0.355 35
7. Sutil Force India-Mercedes (B) 1:33.763 + 0.424 30
8. Glock Toyota (B) 1:33.764 + 0.425 37
9. Barrichello Brawn-Mercedes (B) 1:33.885 + 0.546 30
10. Nakajima Williams-Toyota (B) 1:33.899 + 0.560 36
11. Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes (B) 1:33.994 + 0.655 30
12. Fisichella Force India-Mercedes (B) 1:34.025 + 0.686 23
13. Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari (B) 1:34.127 + 0.788 37
14. Bourdais Toro Rosso-Ferrari (B) 1:34.366 + 1.027 26
15. Piquet Renault (B) 1:34.411 + 1.072 29
16. Massa Ferrari (B) 1:34.564 + 1.225 34
17. Kubica BMW-Sauber (B) 1:34.605 + 1.266 31
18. Raikkonen Ferrari (B) 1:34.670 + 1.331 28
19. Kovalainen McLaren-Mercedes (B) 1:34.764 + 1.425 35
20. Heidfeld BMW-Sauber (B) 1:34.790 + 1.451 33

Overall a very interesting Friday. It seems that the the grid order at the front is pretty much the same with Brawn GP, Toyota, Williams and Red Bull the top 4 teams. The Renault also looks as if its improving and they have a decent chance of getting both cars into the top 10 tommorrow, and getting some much needed points. Nelson Piquet now has the same developments as on Fernando Alonso’s car. If he doesn’t make Q2 at least tommorrow he is in real trouble.

Brawn GP may not be topping the times but they always seem to run more heavily in practise, therefore I am sure they will be perfectly happy with how practise went. However Toyota and Red Bull will give the Brawns a tough time, but Brawn ought to be able to edge this race

Ferrari look as if they are going to struggle again this weekend. It’s not going to be till Spain when the big upgrades come that any of the strugglers will expect to see substantial improvements. It seems that the 4 teams who have run KERs have struggled so far this season.  The time and emphasis they have put on developing KERs seems to have put them at a disadvantage to those teams that have been more sceptical of the system (including Toyota) or just chosen not to start with it. Therefore they have been concentrating more on other areas of the car, mainly the aerodynamics.

In Bahrain though KERs should be more useful than it was in China in the wet, particularly at the long run down to turn 1 at the start.

The drivers were making alot of errors today. The majority of those errors were down at the turn 9/10 complex. Alot of drivers here went off into the sand. Also there were some going off at the penultimate corner before the long 1km pit straight. I think even in the race we will still see a few errors on those two parts of the circuit.

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