Turkish GP - Friday - Practice Session 2 Report

Lewis back on top

Lewis Hamilton, Turkish GP 2007

Lewis Hamilton, Turkish GP 2007 

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In very hot conditions on Friday afternoon Lewis Hamilton put himself back in the spotlight with the fastest time of the second session in Istanbul (although Kimi Raikkonen's best time of the morning remained quicker). Hamilton ended up three-tenths of a second ahead of Raikkonen with the odd sight of the two Toyotas next up: Ralf Schumacher ahead of Jarno Trulli.

This meant that Felipe Massa was back in fifth just ahead of Fernando Alonso, who had Nico Rosberg and Heikki Kovalainen breathing down his neck. Alexander Wurz was ninth, just a fraction slower than Rosberg while Robert Kubica was 10th on a day when the BMWs were either off the pace or not trying very hard.

Next up was David Coulthard's Red Bull ahead of Giancarlo Fisichella's Renault, Nick Heidfeld's BMW and the two Hondas of Jenson Button and Rubens Barrichello. They were just ahead of Takuma Sato's Super Aguri Honda. Mark Webber had a poor day but did not hit anything which could not be said for Anthony Davidson who got wrong-footed by some gravel and bumped into a wall, a major achievement in Turkey where cars rarely hit anything.

Scuderia Toro Rosso was next up with Tonio Liuzzi ahead of Sebastian Vettel and at the back, as ever, were the two Spykers with Adrian Sutil virtually matched by Sakon Yamamoto.