Practice two - Kovalainen sets pace, Trulli loses wing 04 Jul 2008
Fridays second practice at Silverstone saw many leading runners focus on race set-up running. It was Heikki Kovalainen who set the pace for McLaren with the only sub-1m 20s lap of the afternoon, a 1m 19.989s - a time that would have given him fifth place in this mornings quicker session.
As Felipe Massa settled in his repaired Ferrari F2008, and team mate Kimi Raikkonen worked on long-distance runs, it was Mark Webber who placed his Red Bull RB4 in the runner-up slot with 1m 20.520s, which was just sufficient to prevent Lewis Hamilton making it a McLaren one-two.
The Englishman lapped in 1m 20.543s to head Red Bulls David Coulthard (1m 20.589s), Williams Nico Rosberg (1m 20.748s), Sebastian Vettel (again on strong form for Toro Rosso with 1m 20.805s), Hondas Jenson Button (1m 20.929s), Massa (1m 20.943s) and Kazuki Nakajima (1m 20.985s). Vettel had one off-course moment at Stowe, which may still have been slippery after Alonsos morning engine failure, while Nakajima also ran his Williams into the tyres at Vale, before limping back to the pits with suspension damage.
Rubens Barrichello completed the top 10 for Honda with 1m 21.002s, then came BMW Saubers Robert Kubica (1m 21.023s), Raikkonen (1m 21.275s), Nick Heidfeld (1m 21.453s) in the second BMW, Toyotas Timo Glock (1m 21.472s), Alonso (1m 21.511s), Force Indias Giancarlo Fisichella (1m 21.520s), Toro Rossos Sebastien Bourdais (1m 21.634s), Renaults Nelson Piquet (1m 21.642s) and Force Indias Adrian Sutil (1m 21.756s). Fisichella went off at Stowe.
It was not a great session for Toyota; Glock stopped out on the track at Club at one stage with a clutch problem, while Jarno Trulli was left in last place on 1m 22.196s after his TF108s rear wing parted company with the rest of the car under braking for Stowe and the sudden loss of downforce caused him to pirouette into the wall on the outside. The team had been running a new part on Trulli's car. They immediately reverted to the standard spec on Glock's and will continue with that for the remainder of the weekend.