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The 2008 Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix Thread

Post by Ed » Fri Mar 14, 2008 5:43 am

This is the place to discuss everything related to the first round of the 2008 season taking place at Albert Park in Melbourne between the 14th and the 16th of March.

To submit your 8 'n' Pole Picks for Australia click here, to register in the competition click here

The event timetable for the Australian Grand Prix.

Friday
1st Practice 10:00 local time - 23:00 GMT (Thursday)
2nd Practice 14:00 local time - 03:00 GMT

Saturday
Practice 11:00 local time - 00:00 GMT
Qualifying 14:00 local time - 03:00 GMT

Sunday
Race 15:30 local time - 04:30 GMT

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Post by Ed » Fri Mar 14, 2008 5:50 am

The latest weather forecast for the Australian Grand Prix (last updated 14 March)

Friday
1st Practice - 10:00 - Sunny - 29
2nd Practice - 14:00 - Sunny - 30

Saturday
Practice - 11:00 - Partly Cloudy - 26
Qualifying - 14:00 - Partly Cloudy - 27

Sunday
Race - 15:30 - Sunny - 36

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Post by Ed » Fri Mar 14, 2008 9:15 am

First Friday practice underway at Albert Park.

So far only a few cars have gone out on installation laps. Not times set yet.

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Post by Ed » Fri Mar 14, 2008 9:21 am

Toro Rosso driver Sebastien Bourdais is the first to set a time

His teammate Sebastian Vettel follows

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Post by Ed » Fri Mar 14, 2008 9:25 am

Vettel now fastest with a 1:31.879, Bourdais in second with a 1:32.068

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Post by Ed » Fri Mar 14, 2008 9:34 am

Nakajima goes 3rd with Piquet in 4th however Piquet improves into 3rd on his second flyer.

Raikkonen and Massa are on track

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Post by Ed » Fri Mar 14, 2008 9:40 am

Now Raikkonen tops the timesheets with a 1:27.709. Massa is nearly 0.7 behind with a 1:28.391. Trulli in 3rd ahead of Glock, Bourdais, Piquet, Vettel and Button

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Post by Ed » Fri Mar 14, 2008 9:46 am

Massa responds and goes fastest with a 1 :27.524

Hamilton goes 3rd ahead of Glock and Trulli with Alonso in 6th

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Post by Ed » Fri Mar 14, 2008 9:54 am

Hamilton goes fastest with a 1:27.085.
Massa in second ahead of Raikkonen, Kovalainen, Alonso, Glock, Trulli and Coulthard.

Just under 40 minutes to go

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Post by mlittle » Fri Mar 14, 2008 10:08 am

Ed wrote:Toro Rosso driver Sebastien Bourdais is the first to set a time

His teammate Sebastian Vettel follows

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Post by Ed » Fri Mar 14, 2008 10:09 am

Massa closes in on Hamilton, just 0.09 seconds behind.

Raikkonen closer as well, 0.186 seconds behind

Heidfeld parks his car on the side of the track. He was 9th and only completed 7 laps.

Piquet Jr spins and stops on the side of the track facing traffic! He is 15th.
Session is stopped!


Looks like there are problems with Rosberg, he only completed 3 laps and went slowly into the pits. Nakajima also not back on track

The 2 Super Aguri cars have not set lap times.

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Post by Ed » Fri Mar 14, 2008 10:14 am

Piquet's car is cleared and the session is restarted

Just under 20 minutes remain

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Post by Ed » Fri Mar 14, 2008 10:24 am

The 2 Super Aguri cars go out on track with just minutes to go.

Kubica goes into 6th.

The 2 Williams cars remain in their garage

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Post by Ed » Fri Mar 14, 2008 10:30 am

Raikkonen goes fastest with a stunning 1:26.461

Hamilton is second with Kovalainen in 3rd and Massa in 4th

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Post by Ed » Fri Mar 14, 2008 10:36 am

Massa moves back into 3rd. He was stuck behind Trulli for a few laps towards the end!

Webber moves into 5th but it should be noted that he ran on the softer compound on his last run.

Session over, top 8: Raikkonen, Hamilton, Massa, Kovalainen, Webber, Alonso, Kubica and Glock

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