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Felipe Massa has set the fastest time during the first practice session ahead of this Sunday’s Brazilian Grand Prix. He edged ahead of his championship rival, Lewis Hamilton, by just under two tenths of a second, with a lap of 1:12.305.

Reigning world champion, Kimi Raikkonen, secured the third fastest lap, while his rival for third place in the championship, Robert Kubica, set the fourth fastest lap. Heikki Kovalainen was just over four tenths of a second behind his teammate in fifth, and sixth place went to the Renault of Fernando Alonso. Mark Webber took seventh with a lap of 1:13.298, faster than Nelson Piquet Jr, Nick Heidfeld, Timo Glock, Jarno Trulli and Nico Rosberg. Toro Rosso had a poor showing in the first session with Sebastien Bourdais in thirteenth and Sebastian Vettel just under two tenths of a second slower in seventeenth. The Hondas finished in fourteenth and fifteenth, despite showing promising pace earlier in the session, and David Coulthard started his final race weekend ahead of just the Force Inidas.

Felipe Massa and Lewis Hamilton look like they will be inseparable all weekend, but will someone else join the battle in the second Friday practice session?

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Lewis Hamilton has started his crucial Chinese Grand Prix weekend by setting the fastest time on Friday’s first practice session. His McLaren lapped a 1:35.630, beating his main title rival, Felipe Massa, to first by three tenths of a second.

Ferrari and McLaren laid down their authority in Free Practice One, with Kimi Raikkonen third for the Italian team and Heikki Kovalainen taking up fourth. Robert Kubica, also in the hunt for the title, and Fernando Alonso, who could play a decisive role in the last two races, finished in fifth and sixth. Nick Heidfeld finished with Sebastien Bourdais behind and beating his teammate, Sebsatian Vettel, who completed the session in tenth. Nelson Piquet Jr sat in ninth after making an eerily similar diversion as Hamilton last year, and running into the gravel at the pit lane entrance. Jenson Button has always been strong at Shanghai, and placed his Honda in twelfth. After the disappointing result at his home race last week, Kazkuki Nakajima starts his weekend in thirteenth. The Red Bull’s sat in eleventh and fourteenth ahead of Nico Rosberg, Timo Glock, Rubens Barrichello, Jarno Trulli, Adrain Sutil and Giancarlo Fisichella.

McLaren and Ferrari dominated FP1, but can the best-of-the-rest teams brake through during the second practice session?

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Lewis Hamilton has set the early pace ahead of this weekends Japanese Grand Prix at the Fuji Speedway. His time of 1:18.910 was the only lap into the 1:18s, despite only beating his main title challenger, Felipe Massa, by one tenth of a second.

Heikki Kovalainen spilt the Ferrari’s in third, with Kimi Raikkonen setting a best lap of 1:19.399 for fourth. The Renault’s finished just behind, with Fernando Alonso leading Nelson Piquet Jr who was struggling with his tyres. Sebstian Vettel and Sebastien Bourdais continued Toro Rosso’s strong form in seventh and ninth, with BMW’s Robert Kubica in eighth, just 0.04 seconds slower than Vettel. Kazuki Nakajima completed the session in tenth, ahead of Adrain Sutil, Nico Rosberg, Mark Webber and Nick Heidfeld. The Japanese teams had a dismal start to the weekend in front of their home crowd, with Jarno Trulli, Rubens Barrichello, Jenson Button and Timo Glock bringing up the rear for Toyota and Honda, with only Red Bull’s David Coulthard and Force India’s Giancarlo Fisichella behind.

The first session at Fuji this year saw little incidents, but perhaps more notably, no rain. Will the conditions in Japan continue to benefit the front-running teams when FP2 gets underway?

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Lewis Hamilton set the fastest time at the first ever Formula One practice session held at night, ahead of this weekends inaugural Singapore Grand Prix. His best time of 1:45.518 put his just 0.08 seconds ahead of his main championship rival, Ferrari’s Felipe Massa.

His teammate, Kimi Raikkonen, was a further four tenths of a second behind, slotting in third in front of Heikki Kovalainen in the sister McLaren setting a 1:46.463. Robert Kubica kept the pace for BMW, putting himself just behind the Ferraris and McLarens, setting a 1:46.618. Nico Rosberg placed Williams high up, beating Renault’s Fernando Alonso who completed the session in seventh with his teammate, Nelson Piquet Jr, in 9th and BMW’s Nick Heidfeld in-between the Renaults. Jenson Button landed his Honda in tenth with a 1:47.277, a full 0.3 seconds faster than Italian Grand Prix winner, Sebastian Vettel. The Toyotas struggled in 13th and 19th whilst Mark Webber became the first driver to crash an F1 car at the new circuit, and finished the session at the bottom.

Singapore appears to have lived up to the hype, with an incredible city backdrop. It was a close battle in the first practice session, but who will come out on top in FP2?

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Adrian Sutil and Force India finished the first 90 minute practice session for the Italian Grand Prix at the top of the timesheets as the pit garages flooded in torrential rain. The German set a time of 1:32.842, 0.6 seconds faster than Honda’s Rubens Barrichello.

Giancarlo Fishichella continued Force India’s bravery at the water-soaked Monza, finishing third. Timo Glock was 0.2 seconds behind in fourth for Toyota, with Nico Rosberg a further 0.1 seconds slower in fifth. Fernando Alonso took sixth, ahead of the Toro Rossos and Jenson Button finished ahead of last-placed Felipe Massa, with six cars not setting a time including both McLarens and BMWs. Kazuki Nakajima had the most notable visit off-track with Adrian Sutil, Nelson Piquet Jr and Sebastian Vettel some of the names joining him. The session was red-flagged for the last four minutes due to the weather conditions.

Few conclusions can be drawn from Free Practice One, but will the second practice session answer some questions?

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Felipe Massa finished top of the timesheets at the end of free practice one ahead of this weekends Belgain Grand Prix. He completed 26 laps ending up 0.3 seconds ahead of his teammate, Kimi Raikkonen, as Ferrari started their weekend perfectly. McLaren were just behind, a further 0.2 seconds off the Ferrari’s pace.

Fernando Alonso proved to be best of the rest, sitting in fifth, followed by another Renault powered car of Mark Webber. Toro Rosso continued their incredible pace, with Sebastien Bourdais beating Red-Bull bound Sebastain Vettel to seventh. BMW dropped out of the top ten, whilst Honda continued to run at the back.

The overcast conditions at Spa saw Lewis Hamilton heading off track a couple of times, whilst Bourdais came to a strange hault in his Toro Rosso after the practice starts at the end of the session. Kubica made his feelings clear, staiting over the radio that the car was “nowhere” and Jarno Trulli spent the majority of the session in the pits.

Ferrari are clearly on top for now, but can they stay there? And, if so, can Raikkonen get past his teammate?

Results

1. Felipe Massa Ferrari 1m47.284s 26 Laps
2. Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m47.623s 26 Laps
3. Lewis Hamilton McLaren 1m47.878s 27 Laps
4. Heikki Kovalainen McLaren 1m47.932s 24 Laps
5. Fernando Alonso Renault 1m48.104s 26 Laps
6. Mark Webber Red Bull Racing 1m48.428s 29 Laps
7. Sebastien Bourdais Scuderia Toro Rosso 1m48.557s 31 Laps
8. Sebastian Vettel Scuderia Toro Rosso 1m48.958s 24 Laps
9. Timo Glock Toyota 1m48.997s 26 Laps
10. Nelson Piquet Jr. Renault 1m49.068s 25 Laps
11. Robert Kubica BMW 1m49.139s 25 Laps
12. Nick Heidfeld BMW 1m49.185s 26 Laps
13. Nico Rosberg Williams 1m49.611s 30 Laps
14. Jarno Trulli Toyota 1m49.625s 14 Laps
15. David Coulthard Red Bull Racing 1m49.849s 18 Laps
16. Giancarlo Fisichella Force India 1m49.986s 27 Laps
17. Adrian Sutil Force India 1m50.117s 19 Laps
18. Kazuki Nakajima Williams 1m50.125s 30 Laps
19. Jenson Button Honda 1m50.464s 25 Laps
20. Rubens Barrichello Honda 1m50.905s 25 Laps

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