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2009 Formula One Chinese Grand Prix

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Resi Respati

Oct 23, 2008

Coming to you from 17-19 april 2009

Fri 17 April 2009
Friday Practice 1 10:00 - 11:30 LC / 2:00 - 3:30 GMT
Friday Practice 2 14:00 - 15:30 LC / 6:00 - 7:30 GMT

Sat 18 April 2009
Saturday Practice 11:00 - 12:00 LC / 3:00 - 4:00 GMT
Qualifying 14:00 LC / 6:00 GMT

Sun 19 April 2009
Race 15:00 LC / 7:00 GMT

Track Review

They even got the slot-car version of it :D


Wido Rossen

Jenson Button lapped quickest in second practice for Sunday’s Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai, edging out a charging Nico Rosberg for Williams.

The Brawn GP driver traded fastest laps with teamamte Rubens Barrichello throughout the session as the team, fresh from vindication from the FIA for running a double-decker diffuser, confirmed themselves as the ones to beat in Shanghai.

Button eventually came out on top with a 1:35.679, but a later flyer from Nico Rosberg saw the Williams split the Brawn drivers, a mere 0.025 seconds behind Button.

Red Bull Racing showed strong pace despite running a regular diffuser with Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber going fourth and fifth quickest behind Rubens Barrichello.

With the Chinese Grand Prix brought forward to the beginning of the season this year there are concerns that the teams could face another wet race on Sunday, but for Friday practice at least the weather remained dry and sunny in Shanghai.

Sebastian Vettel emerged as the early pace-setter for Red Bull Racing posting a benchmark time of of 1:36.160. He stayed at the top of the timesheets for most of the session ahead of teammate Mark Webber, who confirmed the pace of the RB5.

But it wasn’t long before the Brawn GP team, with their newly declared legal double diffuser, vaulted to the top of the timesheets with Rubens Barrichello heading Jenson Button on a blistering 1:35.881.

The two Brawn drivers traded fastest times throughout the session with Button eventually getting the jump on his his Brazilian teammate using the softer tyres to good effect to go quickest on a 1:35.679.

Williams and Toyota, the other two teams running a double-diffuser, also paced strongly throughout the session.

Jarno Trulli and Timo Glock were sixth and seventh quickest, sandwiching Rosberg’s Williams teammate Kazuki Nakajima.

McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton was unable to repeat the pace he showed in the morning warm up and wound up thirteenth - despite the team now running an interim split diffuser. Teammate Heikki Kovalainen improved in the late stages of the session to go ninth.

Bed Bull Racing and McLaren aside, it was a difficult session for most of the regular diffuser teams with Ferrari, BMW Sauber, and Renault struggling with tyre graining as well as a general lack of pace.

The Ferrari pair of Kimi Raikkonen and Felipe Massa wound up thirteenth and fourteenth quickest respectively, while the best BMW Sauber’s Robert Kubica could manage was seventeenth, ahead of teamamte Nick Heidfeld. All four drivers appeared to struggle with tyre graining on the softer times.

Renault’s Fernando Alonso languished in nineteenth place with teammate Nelson Piquet not fairing much better in sixteenth. The Enstone-based outfit are believed to have developed an interim double-decker diffuser, but are yet to run the device in Shanghai.

1 Jenson Button Brawn 1:35.679
2 Nico Rosberg Williams 0:00.025
3 Rubens Barrichello Brawn 0:00.202
4 Mark Webber Red Bull 0:00.426
5 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull 0:00.488
6 Jarno Trulli Toyota 0:00.538
7 Kazuki Nakajima Williams 0:00.698
8 Timo Glock Toyota 0:00.869
9 Heikki Kovalainen McLaren 0:00.995
10 Sebastien Bourdais Toro Rosso 0:01.121
11 Adrian Sutil Force India 0:01.150
12 Felipe Massa Ferrari 0:01.168
13 Lewis Hamilton McLaren 0:01.262
14 Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 0:01.375
15 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso 0:01.540
16 Nelson Piquet Renault 0:01.594
17 Robert Kubica BMW 0:01.812
18 Nick Heidfeld BMW 0:01.865
19 Fernando Alonso Renault 0:01.959
20 Giancarlo Fisichella Force India 0:02.071

Dan Coldrick

Mar 17, 2008
Practice about to start, hope I can stay awake until quali :coffee2:

8am finish UK time, that will be hard work:wink2:

Kennett Ylitalo

Oct 23, 2008
Hace to start tuning in stream.. guess Justin.tv is the only option for non-uk.. Or to get a decent uk-proxy.. BBC has the best broadcast imho.

Kennett Ylitalo

Oct 23, 2008
Found a proxy but at the moment justin.tv has got the BBC on stream.. Good old Dragon has created the fourth channel in this season.. LOL. He's been banned from justin like 40 times because streaming F1..

EDIT: just noticed channel name: mishyuk,biglurker,jules channel ... last time it was horses and rodents..
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