Practice Two - Sutil ahead at sodden Suzuka 02 Oct 2009
For a long while it seemed that nobody would even set a time during the second session of practice in Suzuka on Friday afternoon. Shortly after Heikki Kovalainen had set the fastest time this morning the rain got heavier, and after the two Toro Rossos each did a lap this afternoon, nobody ventured out for over an hour.
Then, with 25 minutes left, conditions eased and Jaime Alguersuari wheeled his STR4 round in 1m 56.848s.
Eventually, everybody bar the Brawns and Kovalainens McLaren recorded laps. As once again the times fell as the track got slightly drier, Adrian Sutil set the fastest time for Force ndia in 1m 47.261s, with team mate Tonio Liuzzi third on 1m 47.931s. Sebastian Vettel sat between them in his Red Bull on 1m 47.923s. McLarens Lewis Hamilton was the only other runner below 1m 48s, with 1m 47.983s.
Kazuki Nakajima was on form again for Williams, taking his FW31 round in 1m 48.058s to head Toro Rossos Sebastien Buemi (1m 48.691s), Renaults Fernando Alonso (1m 48.693s), Toyotas Jarno Trulli (1m 48.737s), Alguersuari (1m 48.802s), BMW Saubers Robert Kubica (1m 48.861s) and Ferraris Kimi Raikkonen (1m 48.886s).
Then came Toyotas Kamui Kobayashi (1m 49.054s), standing in for the feverish Timo Glock, Red Bulls Mark Webber (1m 49.382s), Renaults Romain Grosjean (1m 49.405s), Ferraris Giancarlo Fisichella (1m 49.553s), Williams Nico Rosberg (1m 49.872s) and BMW Saubers Nick Heidfeld (1m 50.179s).