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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 03-11-2006, 03:28 AM Thread Starter
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F1: Practice times (3) - Bahrain Grand Prix.

1. Jenson Button Britain Honda-Honda 01:31.857 oh whatever
2. Michael Schumacher Germany Ferrari-Ferrari 01:31.868
3. Fernando Alonso Spain Renault-Renault 01:31.975
4. Giancarlo Fisichella Italy Renault-Renault 01:32.050
5. Felipe Massa Brazil Ferrari-Ferrari 01:32.826
6. Jacques Villeneuve Canada BMW Sauber 01:32.913
7. Jarno Trulli Italy Toyota-Toyota 01:33.038
8. Kimi Raikkonen Finland McLaren-Mercedes 01:33.262
9. Ralf Schumacher Germany Toyota-Toyota 01:33.523
10. Mark Webber Australia Williams-Cosworth 01:33.876
11. Christian Klien Austria Red Bull-Ferrari 01:33.944
12. Rubens Barrichello Brazil Honda-Honda 01:34.009
13. Nick Heidfeld Germany BMW Sauber 01:34.094
14. David Coulthard Britain Red Bull-Ferrari 01:34.142
15. Juan Pablo Montoya Colombia McLaren-Mercedes 01:34.406
16. Nico Rosberg Germany Williams-Cosworth 01:34.434
17. Christijan Albers Holland Midland-Toyota 01:34.541
18. Tiago Monteiro Portugal Midland-Toyota 01:35.026
19. Vitantonio Liuzzi Italy Toro Rosso-Cosworth 01:35.351*
20. Scott Speed American Toro Rosso-Cosworth 01:35.532*
21. Takuma Sato Japan Super Aguri-Honda 01:36.994
22. Yuji Ide Japan Super Aguri-Honda 01:41.889

all times unofficial
[* denotes restricted V10 engine]

Holy shit are we sandbagging in the sandbox today. Anthony Davidson was faster than this yesterday, hell even Wurtz was faster yesterday.
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post #2 of 2 (permalink) Old 03-11-2006, 03:37 AM Thread Starter
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Three-team tussle in final practice

11 March 2006

Things really started to smoulder in Bahrain this morning, as Jenson Button and Michael Schumacher battled for the fastest time and were separated by only 0.011s at the end of an hour of high-speed action. In the end the honours just went to the Englishman with 1m 31.857s for Honda, from the German’s Ferrari on 1m 31.868s. And Fernando Alonso was just a tenth behind in third.

Button set the initial pace, with Jacques Villeneuve, Kimi Raikkonen, the Renaults of Alonso and Giancarlo Fisichella and then Schumacher and team mate Felipe Massa taking turns to star.

High winds made the track very dusty, so the times to begin with were some way off Friday’s. Towards the end, however, things improved. After Massa had gone fastest with 1m 32.826s, a time that remained good enough for fifth overall, Alonso displaced him with 1m 31.975s before Schumacher responded with his best time and was in turn ousted by Button.

Fisichella was fourth with 1m 32.050s, and after Massa, Villeneuve staged a late improvement for sixth with 1m 32.913s. That just withstood a late run from Jarno Trulli, who pushed his Toyota to 1m 33.038s.

McLaren’s highest-placed runner was Raikkonen in eighth on 1m 33.262s, while Juan Pablo Montoya was only 15th on 1m 34.406s. It’s safe to say that several runners and riders were keeping their powder dry and doing fuel runs, so the times cannot yet be regarded as completely representative.

Ralf Schumacher claimed ninth for Toyota with 1m 33.523s, and Mark Webber took his Williams round in 1m 33.876s to round out the top 10.

Christian Klien was the fastest Red Bull runner after a late improvement to 1m 33.944s, while Rubens Barrichello lapped his Honda in 1m 34.009s. Nick Heidfeld was right behind him for BMW on 1m 34.094s, then came David Coulthard on 1m 34.142s.

Debutant Nico Rosberg was 16th on 1m 34.434s, with Christijan Albers breathing down his neck for Midland with 1m 34.541s just ahead of team mate Tiago Monteiro’s 1m 35.026s.

It is quite possible that the two Toro Rosso drivers, Tonio Liuzzi on 1m 35.351s and Scott Speed on 1m 35.532s, were sandbagging in 19th and 20th positions after a lot of political complaint about their V10 engine on Friday, while Takuma Sato and Yuji Ide, as expected, brought up the rear for Super Aguri. Ide’s car ground to halt exiting the pits after he had got down to 1m 41.889s, but Sato looked better than anticipated with 1m 36.994s.

The gloves come off fully this afternoon, when the first ‘knockout’ qualifying session will inject extra interest as the 22 drivers fight for grid position. Just to remind you, the slowest six cars will be ejected after the first 15 minutes, and will fill the last six places on the grid in order of their best laps. After the next 15 minutes the slowest six cars will also be ejected and will fill from 11th place downwards. The remaining 10 will then start all over again, fighting for the first five rows with their intended levels of race fuel in the final 20 minutes.
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