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Bahrain GP 2008

APRIL 4, 2008

Practice 2 Report - All quiet until ...

Felipe Massa, Bahrain GP 2008
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It was a very quiet Friday on the race track in Bahrain until eight minutes before the end of the second practice session when Lewis Hamilton lost control of his McLaren over a kerb and slid sideways into a wall. It was a bad moment for Hamilton but finally put the focus back on the race track after two days when the sport was business examining the unseemly fluff in its navel.

Hamilton hopped out of the car unhurt and the fact that the accident happened on a Friday meant that it would have little impact on the rest of the weekend.

By the end of the session Felipe Massa had set the fastest lap of the day with a 1m31.420s, nine-tenths of a second ahead of his Ferrari team-mate Kimi Raikkonen. There was a gap of four-tenths back to Heikki Kovalainen, with Hamilton ending up a tenth behind his Finnish team-mate. Robert Kubica was right up there in his BMW with Nico Rosberg sixth and David Coulthard seventh. Underlining the speed of the Williams was Kazuki Nakajima in eighth, ahead of Sebastien Bourdais and Nelson Piquet.

Jenson Button was 11th quickest in his Honda with Fernando Alonso 12th, Mark Webber 13th and then the two Toyotas of Jarno Trulli and Timo Glock. Rubens Barrichello was 16th, Nick Heidfeld not showing his real pace in 17th and then Giancarlo Fisichella in his Force India. Adrian Sutil was next despite a collision with Fernando Alonso as the start of their final laps.

The times were completed by Sebastian Vettel ahead of the two Super Aguris.