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BMW Sauber first and second in final practice 15 Mar 2008

Robert Kubica (POL) BMW Sauber F1.08.
Australian Grand Prix, Rd 1, Practice Day, Albert Park, Melbourne, Australia, Friday, 14 March 2008 Fernando Alonso (ESP) Renault R28.
Australian Grand Prix, Rd 1, Practice Day, Albert Park, Melbourne, Australia, Friday, 14 March 2008 David Coulthard (GBR) Red Bull Racing RB4.
Australian Grand Prix, Rd 1, Practice Day, Albert Park, Melbourne, Australia, Friday, 14 March 2008 Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR02.
Australian Grand Prix, Rd 1, Practice Day, Albert Park, Melbourne, Australia, Friday, 14 March 2008

If you thought Friday afternoon’s practice session was confusing, the final session on Saturday morning raised far more questions than it answered as Robert Kubica and Nick Heidfeld staged a BMW Sauber one-two.

Throw in Fernando Alonso in third place for Renault, ahead of Williams’ Nico Rosberg and Red Bull’s David Coulthard, and Felipe Massa only 11th for Ferrari, Lewis Hamilton 12th for McLaren and Kimi Raikkonen 14th for Ferrari, and you get the picture. Not everyone was running the same configuration of tyre compounds and fuel loads.

Alonso was at the top of the times with 1m 26.082s when Heidfeld pushed his way to the fastest time with a 1m 25.950s lap on soft compound Bridgestones. But then team mate Kubica came out and aced him by 0.337s with 1m 25.613s.

Alonso’s time held up for third, with Rosberg (1m 26.171s), Coulthard (1m 26.385s), Mark Webber (1m 26.407s), Jenson Button (1m 26.502s), Sebastian Vettel (1m 26.663s), Giancarlo Fisichella (1m 26.682s) and Jarno Trulli (1m 26.882s) completing the top 10 and the runners below 1m 27s.

It was cooler than yesterday, with a track temperature high of 37 degrees Celsius, but the wind had dropped noticeably which helped with set-ups.

Massa lapped his Ferrari in 1m 27.020s to pip Hamilton’s 1m 27.084s, then came Timo Glock (1m 27.162s), Raikkonen (1m 27.163s), Nelson Piquet (1m 27.284s after another off-track excursion), Rubens Barrichello (1m 27.333s), Adrian Sutil (1m 27.489s), Sebastien Bourdais (1m 27.578s), Kazuki Nakajima (1m 27.601s and another to go off the track at high-speed as he spun in Turn 12), and Heikki Kovalainen (1m 27.992s).

At the back, the Super Aguris were closer together today, with Takuma Sato on 1m 28.363s and Anthony Davidson 1m 28.912s.

Clearly, things will be different in qualifying, when the big guns go for quick times.