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China 2008 - Free Practice 2 // First practice was dull, but the second session could be better

Published by Christine

It was a slow start to the morning for most teams, with the usual format of installation laps followed by a long lull in the action. However, when it got going, the normal four led the way for the majority of the session.

Hamilton looked to be on fine form, the only man to get into the 1:35s, four tenths faster than the two Ferraris. The red cars were perhaps struggling a little, or maybe not too worried about times. It's always hard to tell.

We saw quite a few excursions into the grass, from Barrichello, Hamilton, and Räikkönen, whilst Trulli's morning session was shortened abruptly. He spun the Toyota slightly, but managed to keep the car out of the wall, returning to the pit lane for a check up before returning to the track. He didn't do particularly well for the rest of the session though.

The track is supremely wide, with plenty of run off area, so incidents may be few and far between for the first few sessions. However, we've already seen Piquet repeat Lewis Hamilton's gravel trap escapade from last year. He managed to get out safely, but it looks as though the pit lane entry will definitely be one to watch out for.

It's all about 5live in the wee hours of the morning, but there's live timing is always there (working much better recently, don't you think?), and of course we'll be in the Live Commenting Live... Thing.




It was a slow start to the morning for most teams, with the usual format of installation laps followed by a long lull in the action. However, when it got going, the normal four led the way for the majority of the session.

Event start

07:00GMT +01:00

17 October 2008