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Brazil 2008 - Free Practice 3 // One hour ahead of qualifying gives a chance for final preparations

Published by Christine

Yesterday didn't really give us too much concrete information to work on. It looked as though Ferrari had the edge, slightly, which is surprising considering the cold conditions. Hamilton appeared to be on top form, but his afternoon times didn't seem to reflect that. Alonso managed to put the boot in, by topping the timesheets at the very last second, which has no doubt set some minds whirling.

Going into Saturday in Brazil, early weather forecasts look like the rain has cleared up for the moment. We saw some very light rain yesterday, but it appears today will be dry. The wind may be a factor, a couple of drivers complained that things were tricky for them during the first two practice sessions.

For today, we will still need to be keeping an eye on the Massa and Hamilton battle, but there are plenty of other drivers to look out for. Kubica was running quite far down the order for a lot of Friday, and although improvements came for both BMW drivers by the end of the day, it's worth watching. BMW are notorious for not worrying about speed during practice, however, so I'm sure they will prove me wrong.

Free Practice 3 should be all about the tyres, as well. With the damp track yesterday, we saw a couple of spins, and a lot of drivers were concerned about getting the most out of the tyres, especially the soft compound. Graining seemed to be a problem, but thankfully the dreaded bumps appear to not have resurfaced... yet.

As ever, ITV aren't aware there is a third session of Free Practice, so we will be searching for video streams on the web. 5live Sports Extra hasn't let us down yet, and it doesn't look like they'll be starting now. We'll have the Live Timing up, although it's reliability is to be questioned.




Yesterday didn't really give us too much concrete information to work on. It looked as though Ferrari had the edge, slightly, which is surprising considering the cold conditions. Hamilton appeared to be on top form, but his afternoon times didn't seem to reflect that.

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1 November 2008