Practice One - Sutil top as heavy storms hit Monza 12 Sep 2008
Friday mornings first session of practice for the Italian Grand Prix at Monza resembled the dark conditions that will prevail in Singapores night race.
After light rain early in the morning had left the track damp in places - and was then followed by intermittent showers - the heavens really opened after half an hour and brought the session to a virtual halt with another half hour remaining.
It was just as well that Bridgestone had earlier mounted more wet and extreme-wet tyres than they could ever remember having prepared.
Adrian Sutil timed his 1m 32.842s lap perfectly to head the session for Force India, ahead of Rubens Barrichellos Honda on 1m 33.428s and team mate Giancarlo Fisichellas 1m 33.695s.
Timo Glock lapped in 1m 36.800s later on for Toyota when conditions were worse, and headed Williams Nico Rosberg (1m 36.900s), Renaults Fernando Alonso (1m 36.965s), Toro Rossos Sebastien Bourdais (1m 37.142s), Toyotas Jarno Trulli (1m 37.214s), Ferraris Kimi Raikkonen (1m 37.392s), Toro Rossos Sebastian Vettel (1m 37.754s), Renaults Nelson Piquet (1m 38.057s), Red Bulls David Coulthard (1m 38.303s), Hondas Jenson Button (1m 39.062) and Ferraris Felipe Massa (1m 40.233s).
BMW Saubers Nick Heidfeld, Williams Kazuki Nakajima, BMW Saubers Robert Kubica, McLarens Heikki Kovalainen, Red Bulls Mark Webber and McLarens Lewis Hamilton only did out laps, but even so Nakajima managed to spin his Williams at the second chicane. He was not alone, however, as Sutil, Vettel, Piquet, Fisichella, Glock and Barrichello all had off-course moments.
Tunnels and garages have been flooded, and electricity has failed in some areas, and a serious mopping-up operation is underway before this afternoons session.