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Friday free practice in Valencia provides surprises // Free Practice 1 got underway with Vettel at the helm

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This is F1Minute and today is the 22nd August 2008.

Free Practice kicked off today, with our first look at the new Valencia street circuit. Initial observations appeared to be that the circuit lacked some colour, and seemed to be a little industrial, whilst the track itself looked like it would provide a good race.

The drivers struggled only slightly with learning the huge number of new corners, and in Free Practice 1, we were left with the surprise leader of Sebastian Vettel. This seemed out of place, but team mate Bourdais finished the morning in third, with Massa in between, so the Toro Rosso boys must have been trying something the others weren’t. The track was pretty slippery and we saw plenty of run off areas put to good use, but no major incidents.

In Free Practice 2, Alonso was the surprise with a last ditch effort to grab the top of the timesheets. Unfortunately, Räikkönen pipped him to the top, but the strangeness continued with Button slipping into third. Alonso’s day wasn’t all good though, as he was fined 10,000 Euros for cutting the entrance to the pit lane.

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