McLaren driver beats team mate Button into second in rain-hit F1 practice session
26 March 2010

Lewis Hamilton was fastest in a rain-hit second free practice session for Sunday’s Australian grand prix.

Rain kept the drivers in their garages for more than an hour of the session and it was only in the last 15 minutes of the session where the Albert Park track in Melbourne was considered dry enough to set competitive lap times.

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Hamilton swapped places with his McLaren team mate Jenson Button for top spot and eventually came out on top by more than a quarter of a second. Mark Webber (Red Bull) and Michael Schumacher (Mercedes) were just behind the two Brits after impressing with late runs.

Schumacher was faster than team mate Nico Rosberg, who could only manage the 10th fastest time of the session. Ferrari drivers Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa were 15th and 17th respectively having missed out on the dry window.

Lotus came out on top in the battle of the new teams: Heikki Kovalainen managed the 18th fastest time of the session and was faster than Jaime Alguersuari in the Toro Rosso. The two Virgin drivers Timo Glock and Lucas di Grassi both struggled with problems, while HRT’s Karun Chandhok managed only 200 yards before his session ended with a gearbox failure.

His team mate Bruno Senna didn’t turn a wheel.

In the day’s first session, Renault’s Robert Kubica set the fastest time ahead of Rosberg and Button.

1. Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:25.8012. Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:26.076 +0.2753. Webber Red Bull-Renault 1:26.248 +0.4474. Schumacher Mercedes 1:26.511 +0.7105. Petrov Renault 1:26.732 +0.9316. Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:26.832 +1.0317. Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1:26.834 +1.0338. Liuzzi Force India-Mercedes 1:26.835 +1.0349. Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1:26.904 +1.10310. Rosberg Mercedes 1:26.956 +1.15511. Kubica Renault 1:27.108 +1.30712. de la Rosa Sauber-Ferrari 1:27.108 +1.30713. Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1:27.455 +1.65414. Hulkenberg Williams-Cosworth 1:27.545 +1.74415. Alonso Ferrari 1:29.025 +3.22416. Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1:29.134 +3.333 17. Massa Ferrari 1:29.591 +3.79018. Kovalainen Lotus-Cosworth 1:29.860 +4.05919. Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:30.510 +4.70920. Trulli Lotus-Cosworth 1:30.695 +4.89421. Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1:32.117 +6.316 22. di Grassi Virgin-Cosworth23. Chandhok HRT-Cosworth24. Senna HRT-Cosworth

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26 March 2010

Fingers crossed for a more interesting race than Bahrain.....shouldn't be too difficult.

26 March 2010

[quote HD Motorsport]Fingers crossed for a more interesting race than Bahrain[/quote]

I've got some grass seeds, and a tin of paint. That should keep me entertained!

F1 needs to dump these boring circuits. As a F1 follower for decades I'm honestly considering giving up after Bahrain; it was that bad. Yet I know Valencia is going to be soooo boring, and even Abu Dhabi will be a snozze fest too.

And yet, I'm really wanting to see Schumacher do well, Massa to beat his team mate. Hamilton to show once again he's the real deal and Vettel to blitz everybody!

26 March 2010

[quote Symanski]And yet, I'm really wanting to see Schumacher do well, Massa to beat his team mate. Hamilton to show once again he's the real deal and Vettel to blitz everybody! [/quote]

I agree with all of this paragraph, but if you claim to be a real fan of F1, then the ramble before it is a bit nonsensical and inconsistent.

We need to keep calm, and, more importantly, ask ourselves whether we really know anything, or care, about Formula One and the exotic, esoteric and fascinating reasons behind races being run in the manner of the Bahrain Grand Prix.

The strangulating limitation on components, especially engines, is drastically key to the problem (as you see it).

That race only appeared featureless to the uninformed, and to neurotically run in circles trying to cater to these people is futile. Throughout a season watched attentively, the satisfaction is much deeper than even the action-packed Moto GP.

Bahrain had many points of interest that wouldn't excite the fleeting viewer, but captured the attention of anyone who intends to watch avidly as this season unfolds.

I think we'll both get our wish and see Schumacher becoming stronger and stronger and stronger; if not, Vettel will soon become the figure most deserving of worship, and his progress to glory with be almost as fascinating to watch.

26 March 2010

[quote VirginPower]but if you claim to be a real fan of F1[/quote]

Are we to swap credentials to justify if we're true F1 fans or not? Are you bonkers?

[quote VirginPower]is drastically key to the problem (as you see it).[/quote]

Please don't think that you can speak for me. You are not my representative.

[quote VirginPower]That race only appeared featureless to the uninformed[/quote]

Massa let Alonso through on the second corner. Vettel's engine faded on lap 34, allowing the two Ferraris past. That was it until the end. I'd describe that as fairly featureless - unless you like looking at sand dunes!

26 March 2010

Isn't this post supposed to be about how well Lewis is doing so far?

Enough of all the moaning about F1 being boring, there has only had one race! I say well done Lewis and keep up the good stuff. GB is behind you :)

26 March 2010

[quote carrie85]Isn't this post supposed to be about how well Lewis is doing so far?[/quote]

Try this:

http://news.sky.com/skynews/Home/World-News/Australia-F1-Driver-Lewis-Ha...

However, I've got to say that Hamilton has gone up a notch in my estimations of him. 12/10! He is something special, but Friday practice is meaningless, often giving sporadic results.

As for F1 being boring, unfortunately there are some track now that we know are going to be dull. Very dull. And quite frankly it's all the newly designed tracks. You've started off one of the most anticipated seasons of F1 with one of the most boring venues. Is that any way to treat us F1 fans? We give up our Sunday afternoons to F1, and in return we want to see a good race; to be entertained.

You just know that 25% of the tracks are going to be boring because every year they've hosted a race that's what they've done - produced boring races. Then there's the rest which sometimes entertain, and sometimes not. So right from the off you know that you're going to have about 10 weeks of boring races.

Qualifying is now designed to put the fastest car at the front of the grid. So don't be surprised if it's the quickest during the race too. Gone is the variable of having different fuel strategies. Narrower front tyres have also reduced grip for someone trying to overtake while in the dirty air of the car in front, so even that's more difficult!

Those are problems with the F1 format, not just the first race. It's not just myself who have said this (although I did before the start of the year) but all the F1 journalists too. They're struggling to produce an exciting read for their paper the next day! Universally with the exception of Ferrari everybody has said it was a dull boring race for an openner. Ferrari will change their mind once they don't win!

Contrast that to going to your local circuit and watching some minor formulas where you will see some genuine racing!

26 March 2010

Just seen that bit of news... What great timing the media has!

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