Bridgestone Motorsport’s Friday Malyasian Grand-Prix

Bridgestone Motorsport’s Friday Malyasian Grand-Prix

06.04.2007: Bridgestone Motorsport’s Friday Malyasian Grand-Prix

The first day of running for the Petronas Malaysian Grand Prix at the Sepang circuit saw Ferrari’s Felipe Massa emerge as the fastest driver in preparation for the second race of the FIA Formula One World Championship.

Massa topped the timesheets in both 90 minute sessions, setting his fastest time in the earlier of the two. Both sessions were run in hot dry conditions and Massa edged out McLaren Mercedes teammates Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton in the morning and was pushed close for pace by Renault duo Giancarlo Fisichella and Heikki Kovalainen in the afternoon.

After investigation with the Spyker Ferrari team it was determined that Christijan Albers suffered a right rear puncture. Investigation of the tyre revealed a hole in the centre rib.

Kees van de Grint, Bridgestone Motorsport Head of Track Engineering Operations said:

"Tyre performance was as predicted from our experience in testing last week at this circuit. Most teams opted to run with the hard compound in the morning and conducted comparisons with the medium in the afternoon, showing the medium compound offers better grip and faster lap times. One of the positive outcomes was that the tyre marking of the softer compound showed good visibility, and made it clear for everyone to see which one drivers were using. It was unfortunate for my fellow countryman Christijan Albers in the second session, but investigation showed that his tyre suffered a puncture. Looking at the lap times there are six different cars in the top ten, so we should be in for a close fight in qualifying tomorrow."

Stats of the Day

Total amount of laps completed by all drivers: 1033

Average number of laps per car: 47 laps

Most laps by a driver: 62 – Giancarlo Fisichella

Fastest lap: 1:34.972 – Felipe Massa

Compounds: Hard and medium

Additional time per tyre to mark with white groove: Minimum 1 minute

Qualifying in 2006

Giancarlo Fisichella set pole for Renault last year in a time of 1min 33.840secs. It was the third pole position of the Italian’s career and he was joined on the front row by Honda’s Jenson Button. Nico Rosberg (Williams) was the third fastest.

Temperatures Ambient Track Weather

AM – Practice 30-32C 37-43C Sunny

PM – Practice 34-35C 49-48--50C Scattered clouds

 

- Bridgestone Corp - also photos

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