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Brazilian GP 2007

OCTOBER 19, 2007

Practice 2 Report - Hamilton to the fore

Lewis Hamilton, Brazilian GP 2007
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Lewis Hamilton may never have visited Interlagos before, but even that does not stop him these days. At the end of running on Friday afternoon Hamilton was a tenth faster than Fernando Alonso, and the two McLarens were three tenths clear of the best Ferrari, driven by the local hero Felipe Massa. His time was all but matched by Kimi Raikkonen and there was then a gap of four-tenths back to the best of the rest, Giancarlo Fisichella taking that honour on this occasion ahead of the BMW Sauber of Robert Kubica and the Williams-Toyotas of Nico Rosberg and Kazuki Nakajima, who will make his F1 racing debut this weekend. David Coulthard was ninth fastest ahead of Nick Heidfeld in the second BMW Sauber.

Ralf Schumacher continued to show relatively well with 11th place ahead of Heikki Kovalainen and Rubens Barrichello, who lapped faster in the session than did Jenson Button. Fifteenth fastest was Tonio Liuzzi in his Toro Rosso ahead of Jarno Trulli and Sebastian Vettel in the second Toro Rosso.

Takuma Sato and Anthony Davidson were next up ahead of Mark Webber's Red Bull and the Spykers of Adrian Sutil and Sakon Yamamoto.

Both Spykers had spins but beyond that there was little drama in the session.

It now remains to be seen whether the stewards will take action against Hamilton, Button and Sato for using the wrong combination of tyres in the morning session.