Friday analysis - all to play for in rainy Melbourne 26 Mar 2010
The track rubbered in quite quickly during the morning session at Melbournes Albert Park on Friday, but the edgy weather in the afternoon was something of a nightmare for the teams as they sought to fine tune their cars ahead of Saturdays all-important qualifying session
Lewis Hamilton, 1m 27.783s, P7/1m 25.801s, P1
Jenson Button, 1m 27.482s, P3/1m 26.076s, P2
Both drivers said they were much happier with the balance and grip of their MP4-25s than they had been in Bahrain, and that their weekends had got off to promising starts as a result.
Mark Webber, 1m 28.683s, P14/1m 26.248s, P3
Sebastian Vettel, 1m 27.686s, P5/1m 29.134s, P16
Webber said he was quite happy with the way things went, except for the problems associated with the unsettled weather in the afternoon. Vettel went off briefly in the afternoon and into the gravel when he slid sideways after missing his braking point in Turn Six. Only his pride was damaged. Both drivers felt they were in the ballpark.
Michael Schumacher, 1m 28.550s, P12/1m 26.511s, P4
Nico Rosberg, 1m 27.126s, P2/1m 26.956s, P10
Rosberg looked strong in the morning but Ross Brawn admitted that they went the wrong way on set-up on his car in the afternoon. By contrast Schumacher struggled in the morning, partly because of the red-flag interruptions. In the afternoon he was much happier after changes to his cars set-up and for the first time in 2010 looked like his old self.
Vitaly Petrov, 1m 28.114s, P9/1m 26.732s, P5
Robert Kubica, 1m 26.927s, P1/ 1m 27.108s, P11
Petrov learned the track in the morning, then went out as early as possible in the afternoon to get in a good time before it rained. Kubica was fastest in the morning, and happy about it, and did some running on intermediates in the afternoon just to gather potentially valuable data.
Sebastien Buemi, 1m 28.104s, P14/1m 26.832s, P6
Jaime Alguersuari 1m 28.572, P13/1m 30.510s, P19
Buemi said he was quite happy with his STR5, which seemed much more competitive than it had been in Bahrain. Alguersuari loved the track on first acquaintance and said hed made a positive start to his weekend.
Adrian Sutil (pm) 1m 26.834s, P7
Vitantonio Liuzzi, 1m 28.192, P10/1m 26.835s, P8
Paul di Resta (am) 1m 28.537s, P11
All three drivers did well. Di Resta impressed on his first appearance at a Grand Prix, taking over Sutils slot in the morning. Liuzzi was fast then, and again in the afternoon, and lost out to Sutil literally in the dying moments, by a thousandth of a second. He complained of traffic then, but said otherwise he was content with his days work. Sutil said sharing track time wasnt ideal, but that the findings were otherwise positive.
Rubens Barrichello, 1m 29.712s, P19/1m 26.904s, P9
Nico Hulkenberg, 1m 30.249s, P17/1m 27.545s, P14
Barrichello was pleased with the timing of his afternoon runs but said a lot of work remained to be done to stand a chance of reaching Q3 during Saturdays qualifying. Hulkenberg said he felt comfortable with both the track and the car after his first taste of Albert Park.
Pedro de la Rosa, 1m 29.405s, P15/1m 27.108s, P12
Kamui Kobayashi, 1m 31.588s, P18/1m 27.455s, P13
De la Rosa said his C29 felt a lot better than it had in Bahrain, and his only real problem came when he baulked, and was nearly hit by, Button in the afternoon. Kobayashi hit a marker in the morning session and brought out the first red flag when he lost his front wing as a result. Later he brought out the second when the replacement wing detached itself. In the afternoon he complained of lack of grip.
Fernando Alonso, 1m 27.747s, P6/1m 29.025s, P15
Felipe Massa, 1m 27.511s, P4/1m 29.591s, P17
Despite his lowly afternoon position, Alonso said he wasnt unhappy with his days work, and that his one main regret was lack of time on the softer tyre. Massa said that second session was difficult because of the changing conditions
Heikki Kovalainen, 1m 31.654s, P20/1m 29.860s, P18
Jarno Trulli, 1m 31.652s, P19/1m 30.695s, P20
Lotus showed a solid upturn in pace. Kovalainen had a differential problem in the morning but went a lot better in the afternoon, to win the new team honours. Trulli went well in the morning to pip his team mate fractionally, but said things were less positive in the afternoon.
Timo Glock, 1m 34.925s, P24/1m 32.117s, P21
Lucas di Grassi, 1m 32.831s, P21/no time, P22
Glock had a gearbox oil leak in the morning and lost plenty of track time, and then the weather compromised him in the afternoon. Di Grassi did 25 laps in the morning but then had a gearbox oil-line problem and a real-time telemetry sensor failure in the afternoon which kept him in the garage.
Bruno Senna, 1m 33.401s, P22/no time, P23
Karun Chandhok, 1m 34.251s, P23/no time, P24
Senna accumulated HRTs first Grand Prix distance if you added together his Bahrain and Melbourne laps, and went quite well in the morning. Unfortunately, he then experienced fuel pressure problems and did not run in the afternoon. Chandhok went well in the morning as he added to his experience, but then a gearbox problem stranded his car as he tried to leave the pits in the afternoon.