Practice One - Massa on top again 09 May 2008
Felipe Massa loves the track here in Istanbul Park, and it showed in Friday morning's first practice for the Turkish Grand Prix as the Ferrari driver headed the timesheets with a best lap of 1m 27.323s. That shaded his 2007 pole time by 0.006s, despite cooler temperatures and the ban on traction control.
The latter prompted many spins on the still-dirty track, as the McLarens of Heikki Kovalainen and Lewis Hamilton took second and third places close behind the red car. The Finn got back into the swing of things with zero hangover from his Spanish accident, with a lap of 1m 27.456s, with Hamilton on his heels on 1m 27.752s.
Fernando Alonso maintained Renault's recent upward swing with the fourth-fastest time of 1m 28.284s, and Ross Brawn's prediction that the Honda RA108 would be better suited to the track appeared confirmed as Jenson Button came next on 1m 28.919s.
Kazuki Nakajima was sixth fastest for Williams in 1m 29.002s, the first of 10 drivers in that time bracket. Nick Heidfeld was seventh for BMW Sauber on 1m 28.024s, ahead of Honda's Rubens Barrichello (1m 28.068s), Renault's Nelson Piquet (1m 29.082s), the Toyotas of Timo Glock (1m 29.103s) and Jarno Trulli (1m 29.329s), BMW Sauber's Robert Kubica (1m 29.330s), Williams' Nico Rosberg (1m 29.367s), and the Force Indias of Adrian Sutil (1m 29.756s) and Giancarlo Fisichella (1m 29.811s).
Neither of the Red Bulls really got going in this session, with Mark Webber 16th on 1m 30.088s ahead of David Coulthard (1m 30.340s), then came Toro Rosso stablemates Sebastien Bourdais (1m 30.388s) and Sebastian Vettel (1m 30.426s).
Kimi Raikkonen saved tyres and didn't bother doing much running, and was 20th (and last, now that Super Aguri is no more) on 1m 30.732s.
During the course of the hour and a half session - which began with the track wet between Turns Three and Nine due to some last-minute cleaning - Nakajima, Sutil, Trulli, Hamilton, Massa, Vettel, Fisichella and Kubica all spun, but none sustained any damage.