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Japan 2008 - Free Practice 2 // All eyes on the green tyres as Bridgestone make waves in Fuji

Published by Christine

What a turn up for the books, Fuji was all things bright and beautiful. I could even see the top of the mountain. It's a very pretty circuit once the clouds clear, although 5live did say that they may be returning so we'll have to see what happens ahead of FP2.

In terms of the action, it was off to a slow start, surprising given how little dry running the teams have done at the track. In fact, apparently there has never been a dry grand prix at Fuji, so no one knows what to expect, really.

It looks like the usual McLaren/Ferrari battle up front, with Hamilton getting first dibs at the top spot earlier this morning. Massa has the legs on Räikkönen, but so, it seems, does Kovalainen. Meanwhile, the Japanese contingent, Toyota and Honda both finished in 15th and below which isn't exactly impressive showing. Nakajima had us worried for a while, running around at the back, but he pulled it out of the bag and slipped into the lofty heights of 10th.

There were no major incidents during the first session, a few drivers explored the run off areas, but no one came to any harm. The main issue was the green tyres. Whilst we've made fun of them, and called them ugly, they're actually useless. It appears that no one ran soft tyres in FP1, but there's no way of knowing because firstly, from a distance the green isn't significantly different from white, and secondly, the stripes rub off after only a couple of laps. David Croft of 5live said we could quote him: "It's rubbish for the sport."

In which case, we will be relying on everyone to be eagle-eyed and looking out for who's on what tyres, and that means paying close attention. Hard, when most of us are sleep-deprived, but we'll all try out best.

I'll be tuned to the ITV stream, and studying the official live timing. Please join us in the Live Commenting Live... Thing as always, and let us know what you think of the action so far.




What a turn up for the books, Fuji was all things bright and beautiful. I could even see the top of the mountain. It's a very pretty circuit once the clouds clear, although 5live did say that they may be returning so we'll have to see what happens ahead of FP2.

Event start

06:00GMT +01:00

10 October 2008