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Friday analysis - the right time for a McLaren renaissance? 05 Jun 2009

Lewis Hamilton (GBR) McLaren MP4/24.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 7, Turkish Grand Prix, Practice Day, Istanbul Park, Turkey, Friday, 5 June 2009 Nelson Piquet Jr. (BRA) Renault R29.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 7, Turkish Grand Prix, Practice Day, Istanbul Park, Turkey, Friday, 5 June 2009 Rubens Barrichello (BRA) Brawn Grand Prix talks with Robert Kubica (POL) BMW Sauber.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 7, Turkish Grand Prix, Practice Day, Istanbul Park, Turkey, Friday, 5 June 2009 Nico Rosberg (GER) Williams FW31.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 7, Turkish Grand Prix, Practice Day, Istanbul Park, Turkey, Friday, 5 June 2009 Jenson Button (GBR) Brawn Grand Prix BGP 001.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 7, Turkish Grand Prix, Practice Day, Istanbul Park, Turkey, Friday, 5 June 2009

On Friday all ten teams focused on the usual chassis set-up work and tyre evaluation, Bridgestone having brought their hard and soft compound rubber this weekend as Istanbul Park really gives the right front a workout through Turn Eight. As ever, not too much should be read into the times since the track was very dirty and still rubbering in as the day progressed…

McLaren
Heikki Kovalainen, 1m 29.590s, P10/1m 28.841s, P1
Lewis Hamilton, 1m 29.263s, P2/1m 29.435s, P13

Kovalainen said he was happy with his MP4-24’s balance, and the effects of the revised front wing and diffuser. Hamilton said he had a few problems with rear-end stability, which led to a brace of spins in the afternoon.

Renault
Fernando Alonso, 1m 29.422s, P8/ 1m 28.847s, P2
Nelson Piquet, 1m 30.132s, P14/1m 29.401s, P10

Alonso said he went more for laps than set-up today to evaluate new parts, rather than get confused by changing track conditions. He acknowledged that his position will probably change tomorrow. Piquet said it was difficult to learn the car the way the track surface was.

BMW Sauber
Robert Kubica, 1m 30.645s, P16/1m 29.056s, P3
Nick Heidfeld, 1m 30.689s, P17/1m 29.550s, P16

Kubica said that BMW Sauber understood the two tyre compounds, and that they had done a couple of tests to evaluate the new two-tier diffuser. He drew no conclusions on it yet. Heidfeld said he had confidence in the new aero package but that his F1.09’s balance wasn’t yet right.

Williams
Kazuki Nakajima, 1m 29.371s, P6/1m 29.091s, P4
Nico Rosberg, 1m 28.952s, P1/1m 29.257s, P7

Rosberg pipped Hamilton to fastest time in the morning and said hew aero parts were working as expected. He did a lot of tyre evaluation, especially in the afternoon. Nakajima struggled to work the tyres, and had a brush with Fisichella in the afternoon which saw the Williams and the Force India spin.

Red Bull
Sebastian Vettel, 1m 29.337s, P4/1m 29.202s, P5
Mark Webber, 1m 30.176s P15/1m 29.383s, P9

Vettel had an irritating day after stopping with a vibration in the afternoon, which turned out to be engine-related. Webber had nothing specific to report.

Toyota
Jarno Trulli, 1m 29.271s, P3/1m 29.207s, P6
Timo Glock, 1m 29.934s, P13/1m 29.518s, P14

Trulli reported that new aero bits were working and the Toyota camp were cautiously optimistic. Glock said the balance of his TF109 wasn’t great.

Brawn
Rubens Barrichello, 1m 29.525s, P9/1m 29.305s, P8
Jenson Button, 1m 29.747s, P11/1m 29.430s, P12

This was a different Friday to what Brawn have experienced earlier in the season, and Barrichello said the first sector of the lap wasn’t great for him. Button struggled to balance his car and said that it lacked grip. Both were hopeful that they have a good direction to pursue tomorrow.

Ferrari
Felipe Massa, 1m 29.342s, P5/1m 29.416s, P11
Kimi Raikkonen, 1m 29.398s, P7/1m 29.520s, P15

Massa did a lot of set-up work and said that the hard Bridgestones gave little grip on the dirty track surface, while Raikkonen said that his car’s behaviour went a little awry late in the morning after set-up changes, but had reverted to normal by the afternoon.

Force India
Adrian Sutil, 1m 29.864s, P12/1m 30.081s, P17
Giancarlo Fisichella, 1m 30.729s, P18/1m 30.091s, P18

Sutil said he did the same times regardless of which tyre he used, such was the dirty state of the track surface. Fisichella said his car was pointy and nervous, and had an altercation with Nakajima in Turn 13 in the afternoon which saw both men spin without damage.

Toro Rosso
Sebastien Bourdais, 1m 30.838, P19/1m 30.295s, P19
Sebastien Buemi, 1m 30.944s, P20/1m 30.629s, P20

Bourdais was disappointed to be at the back and said he struggled to get his tyres to work properly. Buemi had a tough day with similar problems.