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Friday Practice One - Ferrari lead the way at Spa 05 Sep 2008

Felipe Massa (BRA) Ferrari
Formula One World Championship, Rd 13, Belgian Grand Prix, Preparations, Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium, Thursday, 4 September 2008 The start of the race.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 13, Belgian Grand Prix, Race, Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium, Sunday, 7 September 2008

Ferrari’s Felipe Massa continued his upward trend at Spa-Francorchamps on Friday morning as he set the fastest time in first practice for the Belgian Grand Prix.

The Brazilian lapped his Ferrari F2008 in 1m 47.284s to head team mate Kimi Raikkonen, who was 0.339s adrift on 1m 47.623s. Main rivals Lewis Hamilton and Heikki Kovalainen were also below the 1m 48s barrier with 1m 47.878s and 1m 47.932s respectively in their McLaren MP4-23s.

In cool but dry conditions, they completed 26, 26, 27 and 24 laps respectively.

Fernando Alonso was their closest challenger for Renault, with 1m 48.104s, which left him ahead of Red Bull’s Mark Webber (1m 48.428s), Toro Rosso’s Sebastien Bourdais (1m 48.557s), his team mate Sebastian Vettel (1m 48.958s) and Toyota’s Timo Glock (1m 48.997s).

In 10th place, Renault’s Nelson Piquet was almost a second slower than his team mate with 1m 49.068s, then came the BMW Saubers of Robert Kubica and Nick Heidfeld (1m 49.139s and 1m 49.185s) before a gap to Nico Rosberg who took his Williams round in 1m 49.611s. The German was shadowed by Toyota’s Jarno Trulli (1m 49.625s), Red Bull’s David Coulthard (1m 49.849s) and Force India’s Giancarlo Fisichella (1m 49.986s).

At the back, Adrian Sutil in the second Force India (1m 50.117s) led Williams’ Kazuki Nakajima (1m 50.125s) and the Hondas of Jenson Button and Rubens Barrichello (1m 50.464s and 1m 50.905s). Button had a lap of 1m 50.109s disallowed after he missed part of the Bus Stop chicane.

Others to miss an apex there were Vettel, Piquet and Sutil, while Heidfeld, Fisichella and Rosberg all ran wide at La Source and Alonso did likewise at Rivage.