It’s time for the second practice session from Melbourne and happily ITV’s video stream seems to work better this time.
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Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 14th March 2008, 3:05
After doing very little in the first session Williams are back on-track with Kazuki Nakajima although he’s some way off the pace – is this the start of a long stint?
Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 14th March 2008, 3:08
Replay shows Sebastian Vettel’s Toro Rosso running wide at turn seven.
The McLarens are out and Lewis Hamilton goes quickest with a 27.917 – still 1s off his best from FP1.
Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 14th March 2008, 3:12
It’s much quieter on here now than before!
Everyone bar the Super Aguris, Piquet, Button and Coulthard have done installation laps.
Replay shows a shower of sparks coming from the back of Lewis Hamilton’s McLaren as he comes down the main straight. He had previously run wide at the fast chicane in the middle of the lap.
Nico Savidge said on 14th March 2008, 3:19
Watching F1 on SPEED, and I’ve noticed a few things
1. the Force India looks great on TV
2. the cars look REALLY twitchy under breaking
3. Ferrari has gotten rid of their "barcode" branding on the F2008 that they used to disguise the Marlboro logos. Now that it’s gone, I’m realizing that the barcode actually looks pretty cool! It was a lot better than what they’re using – just a big block of white.
Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 14th March 2008, 3:21
A couple of things to keep an eye on:
- No-one has used the soft tyres yet as far as I can see – presumably because the track isn’t at its fastest yet.
- Fastest time in FP1 this year was Raikkonen, 1’26.461: last year it was Fernando Alonso with a 1’29.214 – a 2.8s difference!
- Last year Felipe Massa was quickest in FP2 with a 1’27.353.
Team radio from Williams indicates the team are struggling with front tyre graining – so were BMW in FP1, presumably as the track hasn’t rubbered-in yet.
Vettel puts his Toro Rosso seventh with a 1’29.193, 0.006s slower than Robert Kubica’s BMW. The team have been widely tipped to do well this weekend and could be in with a shout of making Q3.
Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 14th March 2008, 3:22
Glad I’m not here on my own good to see you Nico!
Agree with you about the Ferraris can’t believe that’s the best they could come up with – although so far you have to admit everything else about the car looks great…
Nico Savidge said on 14th March 2008, 3:22
sideways action from a Force India (couldn’t see who) and a quick little off from Vettel… the wunderkid is still learning…
Nico Savidge said on 14th March 2008, 3:25
oh my goodness – SPEED just showed a picture of the Honda mechanics, who are wearing some of the most ghastly, lime-green shorts I’ve ever seen… Peter Windsor had a quick interview with Alex Wurz and he joked that his not wearing the shorts was a sticking point in his contract – I can see why!
Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 14th March 2008, 3:26
Drivers are still exploring the limits of the track – Vettel and Giancarlo Fisichells have both had moments off the track.
Others are now trying the softer tyres: Sebastien Bourdais and Kazuki Nakajima. At Melbourne this weekend Bridgestone have brought their ‘medium’ and ‘soft’ compound tyres, and the ‘soft’ tyres are the ones with the white stripes through them.
Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 14th March 2008, 3:27
Anyone remember Ghostbusters? The Honda mechanics look like they’ve been slimed…
Mark said on 14th March 2008, 3:29
Hi Keith and Nico,
Watching network 10′s HD channels. Glorious!
Webber’s wuick lap this morning was on the soft tyres. There has been lots of understeer in the slow corners.
Agree that the Ferrari’s don’t look as good as last year.
Lewis sparking down the main straight was as glorious a sight as Massa twitching sideways out of turn 8.
Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 14th March 2008, 3:30
HD? Lucky you!
You don’t usually see sparks coming from the backs of cars these days I’m wondering if Hamilton had a problem?
Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 14th March 2008, 3:31
Lovely in-car shot of Mark Webber from underneath his steering wheel – would be great if they could show that split-screen with an external shot of the car.
He’s fast as well – quicker than Hamilton in FP2 and at the line has a 1’27.614 to go quickest. On hard tyres as well…
teamorders said on 14th March 2008, 3:34
Keith, I’m in Melbourne and the soles of my shoes just about melted in the heat out at lunch, so I’m not surprised noone is using the soft rubber yet. :)
Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 14th March 2008, 3:34
Hamilton on-track: peach of a powerslide coming out of turn 12. Rejoice at the banning of traction control!
Meanwhile David Coulthard ploughs through the gravel at turn 9.
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