Practice Two - Glock and Alonso overshadow title rivals 10 Oct 2008
Timo Glock stole the limelight for Toyota in Friday afternoons second practice session for the Japanese Grand Prix. Glock, with a fresh V8 after opting to take his 'joker' engine change, lapped the Fuji Speedway in 1m 18.383s to head Singapore winner Fernando Alonso on 1m 18.426s for Renault.
Their pace relegated title rivals Lewis Hamilton (1m 18.463s) and Felipe Massa (1m 18.491s) to third and fourth for McLaren and Ferrari respectively, ahead of Kimi Raikkonen (1m 18.725s) in the second F2008, Red Bulls Mark Webber and Williams Kazuki Nakajima (1m 18.734s apiece).
Monza winner Sebastian Vettel was eighth for Toro Rosso (1m 18.761s), followed by McLarens Heikki Kovalainen (1m 18.803s), Toyotas Jarno Trulli (1m 18.863s), BMW Saubers Robert Kubica (1m 18.865s), Renaults Nelson Piquet (1m 18.888s) and Williams Nico Rosberg (1m 18.981s).
You cant say that the times in F1 are not extremely close right now.
It was a similar story behind the top 13. Sebastien Bourdais lapped his Toro Rosso in 1m 19.040s, chased by Hondas Rubens Barrichello (1m 19.258s), Force Indias Adrian Sutil (1m 19.287s), Red Bulls David Coulthard (1m 19.327s), Force Indias Giancarlo Fisichella (1m 19.482s), BMW Saubers Nick Heidfeld (1m 19.894s) and Hondas Jenson Button (1m 19.999s).
This time only 1.616 seconds covered the whole 20-car field, as most of the front runners focused on distance running as they made their tyre comparisons.
Once again, there were several minor incidents, as Webber, Bourdais, Vettel, Glock, Alonso, Fisichella and Barrichello all ventured briefly off course.