Great Britain Top Friday Practice In Malaysia

22.11.2008: Great Britain Top Friday Practice In Malaysia

Event: A1GP Sepang, Malaysia (Round 3 of 10)

Round three of A1GP World Cup of Motorsport got underway at the Sepang International Circuit this morning with France’s Nicolas Prost starting the day as the quickest rookie and Great Britain’s Danny Watts ending the day quickest overall in Malaysia.

A1 Team France got off to a flying start in the rookie session with Nicolas Prost topping the timesheets right at the end of the session. His time of 1-minute 50.679s was nearly half a second quicker than anyone else.

Great Britain’s Danny Watts was second quickest, ahead of Earl Bamber on his return for New Zealand. India’s Armaan Ebrahim was fourth, just beating home nation Malaysia, who had Aaron Lim behind the wheel to start the day.

"Chengdu was mostly about bumps rather than turns but this track is really amazing," said Prost. "I was really looking forward to coming here because it's one of the nicest tracks in the world, and I think it was the first time we could get the real potential out the car, especially in the quick corners. Turns 5 and 6, the quick left and right, in particular were pretty good."

In hot and humid conditions, Great Britain topped the timesheets in the afternoon’s official practice session. Watts’ time of 1m 50.038s set on his second flying lap couldn’t be bettered during the hour practice.

Due to a gearbox problem, A1 Team Switzerland didn’t make it out on track during this morning’s session, but the lack of track time didn’t hinder Neel Jani. Last season, Jani had the perfect weekend claiming both pole positions and converting them into wins, so it was no surprise that after doing only nine laps today, he clocked a time of 1m 50.110s, just 0.072 adrift of Watts.

A1 Team India’s Narain Karthikeyan’s time of 1m 50.187s in the final minutes of the session was, just 0.149s from pole while Loďc Duval took over the wheel of the French car to finish the day fourth-quickest.

"With the extra running I got this morning I was always going to be there or there abouts," said Watts. "I think looking at the times, the top ten are very close and there's hardly anything in it. It will be the same story tomorrow so it will be very tight at the top."

Home nation Malaysia ended the day tenth. Fairuz Fauzy said: "There is a bit of pressure, but it’s good pressure. The last lap was a good run. We managed to do a bit of work on the car, as at the beginning of the session I was struggling with grip, especially on low speed corners.

I was struggling to get the front to turn in and I got massive under steer. I was a second off the pace to begin with but during the session we did change the car and the last lap was a good one – only six tenths off the fastest.

 

Official Practice Session 1 – Rookie drivers and developing nations only – Part 1

1 GREAT BRITAIN Danny WATTS 01:51.096 - 11

2 FRANCE Nicolas PROST 01:51.764 0.668 10

3 INDIA Armaan EBRAHIM 01:52.739 1.643 14

4 NEW ZEALAND Earl BAMBER 01:52.933 1.837 9

5 NETHERLANDS Dennis RETERA 01:53.221 2.125 8

6 USA John R. HILDEBRAND JR. 01:53.423 2.327 10

7 MALAYSIA Aaron LIM 01:53.589 2.493 11

8 IRELAND Niall QUINN 01:53.676 2.58 7

9 BRAZIL Felipe GUIMARAES 01:54.126 3.03 7

10 PORTUGAL Armando PARENTE 01:54.236 3.14 11

11 ITALY Stefano COLETTI 01:54.921 3.825 8

12 SOUTH AFRICA Gavin CRONJE 01:55.043 3.947 10

13 AUSTRALIA Ashley WALSH 01:55.400 4.304 2

14 INDONESIA Zahir ALI 01:56.058 4.962 9

15 LEBANON Daniel MORAD 02:00.672 9.576 3

16 KOREA Jin Woo HWANG 1

17 SWITZERLAND Alexandre IMPERATORI 0

 

Official Practice Session 1 – Rookie drivers and developing nations only – Part 2

1 FRANCE Nicolas PROST 01:50.679 - 13

2 NEW ZEALAND Earl BAMBER 01:51.240 0.561 11

3 GREAT BRITAIN Danny WATTS 01:51.319 0.64 12

4 MALAYSIA Aaron LIM 01:51.815 1.136 13

5 ITALY Stefano COLETTI 01:51.839 1.16 14

6 LEBANON Daniel MORAD 01:52.008 1.329 10

7 INDIA Armaan EBRAHIM 01:52.205 1.526 8

8 USA John R. HILDEBRAND JR. 01:52.325 1.646 12

9 NETHERLANDS Dennis RETERA 01:52.603 1.924 11

10 SOUTH AFRICA Gavin CRONJE 01:52.747 2.068 13

11 PORTUGAL Armando PARENTE 01:53.272 2.593 9

12 AUSTRALIA Ashley WALSH 01:53.277 2.598 11

13 KOREA Jin Woo HWANG 01:54.499 3.82 11

14 INDONESIA Zahir ALI 01:54.903 4.224 10

15 BRAZIL Felipe GUIMARAES 02:14.510 23.831 2

16 IRELAND Niall QUINN 0

17 SWITZERLAND Alexandre IMPERATORI 0

 

Official Practice session 2

1 GREAT BRITAIN Danny WATTS 2 01:50.038 - 13

2 SWITZERLAND Neel JANI 8 01:50.110 0.072 9

3 INDIA Narain KARTHIKEYAN 12 01:50.187 0.149 14

4 FRANCE Loic DUVAL 10 01:50.277 0.239 15

5 NETHERLANDS Jeroen BLEEKEMOLEN 9 01:50.363 0.325 16

6 PORTUGAL Filipe ALBUQUERQUE 19 01:50.404 0.366 20

7 IRELAND Adam CARROLL 16 01:50.559 0.521 16

8 NEW ZEALAND Earl BAMBER 10 01:50.583 0.545 17

9 MONACO Clivio PICCIONE 20 01:50.618 0.58 21

10 MALAYSIA Fairuz FAUZY 22 01:50.620 0.582 22

11 LEBANON Daniel MORAD 3 01:50.962 0.924 15

12 CHINA Ho Pin TUNG 16 01:51.291 1.253 22

13 USA Marco ANDRETTI 17 01:51.358 1.32 18

14 SOUTH AFRICA Adrian ZAUGG 14 01:51.439 1.401 21

15 BRAZIL Felipe GUIMARAES 3 01:51.520 1.482 14

16 AUSTRALIA John MARTIN 14 01:51.642 1.604 19

17 MEXICO David GARZA 9 01:51.775 1.737 19

18 ITALY Edoardo PISCOPO 14 01:51.954 1.916 14

19 INDONESIA Satrio HERMANTO 15 01:52.406 2.368 21

 

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