Practice Two - Kovalainen leads McLaren one-two 30 Oct 2009
McLaren remained top of the pile after the second practice session here under the lights in Yas Marina on Friday. Heikki Kovalainen just pipped team mate Lewis Hamilton in the closing stages, 1m 41.307s to 1m 41.504s, while Brawn GPs Jenson Button and Red Bulls Sebastian Vettel nipped at their feet with 1m 41.541s and 1m 41.591s respectively.
The surprise of the evening was the speed of Toyotas rookie, Kamui Kobayashi, who lapped his TF109 fifth fastest in 1m 41.636s to head Toro Rossos Sebastien Buemi on 1m 41.683s, Red Bulls Mark Webber on 1m 41.684s, Brawn GPs Rubens Barrichello on 1m 41.831s, Williams Nico Rosberg on 1m 41.931s and Ferraris Kimi Raikkonen on 1m 41.987s.
Adrian Sutil was 11th for Force ndia on 1m 42.180s, then came Williams Kazuki Nakajima on 1m 42.245s, BMW Saubers Nick Heidfeld on 1m 42.278s, Toyotas Jarno Trulli on 1m 42.409s, Force ndias Vitantonio Liuzzi on 1m 42.530s, Renaults Fernando Alonso on 1m 42.782s and Ferraris Giancarlo Fisichella on 1m 42.932s.
Romain Grosjean was 18th in the second Renault on 1m 43.021s, just beating Jaime Alguersuaris 1m 43.022s in the Toro Rosso and Robert Kubicas 1m 43.708s, set before the Poles BMW Sauber consumed another engine.
This time there were several incidents as drivers pushed the limits. Alonso, Kovalainen, Sutil, Liuzzi, Raikkonen, Hamilton and Kobayashi all explored the run-off areas, though nobody did any serious damage.