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Räikkönen and Sutil lead wet Friday in Italy - Free Practice gets underway but tells us little

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Räikkönen and Sutil lead wet Friday in Italy
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This is F1Minute for the 12th September 2008.

Free Practice got underway in Monza today, with Sutil leading the first session, and Räikkönen the second. Yes, you head me right. Both sessions were declared wet, but FP1 saw torrential rain, that meant organisers red-flagged the session with just five minutes remaining. The Force India driver’s time was set earlier in less treacherous conditions. Man of the morning, Sutil, let himself down slightly by missing the pit entrance once the second session was over, and he had to complete an extra lap.

Also today, a couple of important announcements were made. Red Bull confirmed they are using their freebie engine on Mark Webber’s car, as both a precautionary measure, and to get him on a better engine cycle for the upcoming races. Ferrari announced that Räikkönen had extended his contract with the team until 2010, which means Alonso won’t be moving there anytime soon. And finally, the date of the Belgium penalty hearing has been set as 22nd September, just before the Singapore Grand Prix.

That’s it for today, I’ll be back tomorrow with another F1Minute.