First and second places for the Italian team made them very optimistic regarding this French Grandprix.The drivers said that they thin they found a good balance from the first laps in the morning.Everything went good for them.Even for Kimi Raikkonnen, who was not so lucky the other races.He declared that today was quite a day for him and his team.
Fernando Alonso,McLaren’s driver said that even it he was in 3rd place, he managed to complete the practice session.He also said that he could have been faster, and there is still some work to do tomorrow on the official qualification session, but so far he is not worried at all.
His team-mate Lewis Hamilton lost 40 minutes this morning after his automatic cut-out problem. Luckily the car was returned in about 45 minutes and still managed to run so he drove few laps and completed the programme in the afternoon.
It was a good day for Toro Rosso, with Scott Speed third on 1m 15.773s and Tonio Liuzzi fifth on 1m 15.952s. David Coulthard wound his Red Bull up to 1m 15.958s. The Toro Rosso boys struggled with understeer, and Speed also had a problem with the steering wheel, but both welcomed the arrival of the seamless shift transmission.
Coulthard was not so satisfied with his lap times and said he’d wait and see what qualifying brings, while team mate Mark Webber had yet another transmission failure. Fuel load is everything these days, in terms of outright fast lap times, so the real picture will emerge on Saturday.
Williams looked good on Friday, with Nico Rosberg seventh on 1m 16.003s and Alex Wurz 13th on 1m 16.260s - yet again the times in the midfield were ridiculously close with 13 cars separated by a second - and both drivers described their day as “interesting” in terms of what they discovered about the FW29’s set-up. They are confident of retaining their speed.
Anthony Davidson was happy with his Super Aguri’s balance on the way to ninth fastest time of 1m 16.162s, but Takuma Sato encountered a significant difference in the way in which his SA07 reacted on the two Bridgestone compounds and was only 20th on 1m 17.165s.
Ralf Schumacher was on 10th place with 1m 16.184s and Jarno Trulli on 14th with 1m 16.285s. Toyota were quite satisfied with their day’s work, though Jarno Trulli complained of understeer of his monopost.
Giancarlo Fisichella expressed satisfaction about the R27’s reaction to set-up changes on his way to 1m 16.205s for 11th place after focusing on the long runs, while Heikki Kovalainen complained of balance problems and traffic en route to 1m 16.735s for 17th.
Bmw Sauber hadn’t a good day at all.Robert Kubica got nicely back in the swing of things with 1m 16.236s but some steering problems cost him an hour this morning, but Nick Heidfeld struggled to 1m 16.968s before his back problem got worse,and sent him to the hospital
Not so much improvement at Honda, Jenson Button obtaining 14th place and Barichelo 18th.Spyker’s day went bad.Adrian Sutil was delayed by a problem at the hydraulic system in the morning and some balance problems in the afternoon.