Friday, August 19, 2005

McLaren make fast start in Turkey
McLaren pair Juan Pablo Montoya and Kimi Raikkonen took little time getting to grips with the new Istanbul circuit in practice for the Turkish Grand Prix.
Toyota tester Ricardo Zonta set the best time of one minute 25.583 seconds, with McLaren's Pedro de la Rosa second.
But Raikkonen and Montoya took it in turns to go fastest of the race drivers in Friday's two one-hour sessions.
BAR's Jenson Button was next quickest ahead of Red Bull's Vitantonio Liuzzi and Renault's Fernando Alonso.
Championship leader Alonso's team-mate Giancarlo Fisichella was eighth, with David Coulthard 12th for Red Bull and world champion Michael Schumacher 13th in the Ferrari.
The new 5.3km Istanbul Otodrom is one of only three circuits on the Formula One calendar which run anticlockwise.
It is a nice track, a unique circuit and a success Ferrari's Michael Schumacher
The drivers' previous experience of it had been on computer simulators and video games, and De la Rosa was the first out as the teams began work on their set-ups for Sunday's race.
By the end of the session, all 25 drivers had completed a timed run as the need to learn the track took priority above the desire to conserve their engines.
De la Rosa's lap of 1:27.882 put him 0.571 seconds ahead of Raikkonen, who won the last race in Hungary.
Several drivers made mistakes, with Schumacher spinning his Ferrari across the gravel at turn 12 late in the session.
Mark Webber also took to the gravel in his Williams after running wide, Liuzzi lost control at turn eight, Nick Heidfeld's Williams went off at turn one and Rubens Barrichello spun his Ferrari at turn three.
Montoya went quicker than Raikkonen in the second session, the Colombian's lap of 1:26.525 almost a second slower than the benchmark set by Zonta with his final lap of the day.
Friday practice times: 1 Ricardo Zonta (Br) Toyota one minute 25.583 seconds 2 Pedro de la Rosa (Sp) McLaren-Mercedes 1:26.196 3 Juan Pablo Montoya (Col) McLaren-Mercedes 1:26.525 4 Kimi Raikkonen (Fin) McLaren-Mercedes 1:27.274 5 Jenson Button (GB) BAR-Honda 1:27.346 6 Vitantonio Liuzzi (It) Red Bull-Cosworth 1:27.578 7 Fernando Alonso (Sp) Renault, 25, 1:27.579 8 Giancarlo Fisichella (It) Renault, 29, 1:27.673 9 Jarno Trulli (It) Toyota 1:27.964 10 Takuma Sato (Jpn) BAR-Honda 1:28.081 11 Mark Webber (Aus) Williams-BMW 1:28.120 12 David Coulthard (Sco) Red Bull-Cosworth 1:28.235 13 Michael Schumacher (Ger) Ferrari 1:28.293 14 Jacques Villeneuve (Can) Sauber-Petonas 1:28.404 15 Rubens Barrichello (Br) Ferrari 1:28.460 16 Ralf Schumacher (Ger) Toyota 1:28.641 17 Felipe Massa (Br) Sauber-Petronas 1:28.681 18 Christian Klien (Aut) Red Bull-Cosworth 1:28.828 19 Nick Heidfeld (Ger) Williams-BMW 1:28.959 20 Tiago Monteiro (Por) Jordan-Toyota 1:30.626 21 Robert Doornbos (Mon) Jordan-Toyota 1:30.628 22 Christijan Albers (Neth) Minardi-Cosworth 1:30.730 23 Nicolas Kiesa (Den) Jordan-Toyota 1:30.884 24 Narain Karthikeyan (Ind) Jordan-Toyota 1:30.899 25 Enrico Toccacelo (It) Minardi 1:32.813
Story from BBC SPORT: 2005/08/19 12:18:34 GMT© BBC MMV


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