First practice - Rosberg puts Williams on top in Turkey 05 Jun 2009
Nico Rosberg snatched fastest time from Lewis Hamilton in the dying moments of Friday morning's first practice session for the Turkish Grand Prix, lapping his Williams in 1m 28.952s compared to the Englishman's 1m 29.263s for McLaren.
Eleven other drivers dipped beneath 1m 30s as yet again the times were incredibly close, led by Toyota's Jarno Trulli who made up for a spun in Turn One by lapping in 1m 29.271s to shade Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel (1m 29.337s), Ferrari's Felipe Massa (1m 29.342s), Williams' Kazuki Nakajima (1m 29.371s), Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen (1m 29.398s), Renault's Fernando Alonso (1m 29.422s), Brawn's Rubens Barrichello (1m 29.525s), McLaren's Heikki Kovalainen (1m 29.590s), Brawn's Jenson Button (1m 29.747s), Force India's Adrian Sutil (1m 29.864s) and Toyota's Timo Glock (1m 29.934s).
There were minor incidents galore, with many drivers running wide exiting Turn One or Turn Three on the green surface: Hamilton, Glock, Kovalainen, Raikkonen, Nakajima, Force India's Giancarlo Fisichella, Massa, Renault's Nelson Piquet, Red Bull's Mark Webber, Trulli and Vettel all had adventures. Massa, Sutil and Alonso also ran off course in Turn Eight. Nobody did any damage, though the session was red flagged for a few minutes with 15 to go when some of the artificial grass in Turn One came loose.
Piquet was 14th with 1m 30.132s, ahead of Webber (1m 30.176s), the BMW Saubers of Robert Kubica (1m 30.645s) and Nick Heidfeld (1m 30.689s), Fisichella (1m 30.729s) and Toro Rosso's Sebastiens Bourdais (1m 30.838s) and Buemi (1m 30.944s).
The track will rubber in more by this afternoon following the first GP2 session, and times will likely improve on Massa's 2008 pole time of 1m 27.617s.