2009 CHINA GP: Practice Sessions

SATURDAY PRACTICE

Pos Driver Team Time Laps

1. Rosberg Williams-Toyota (B) 1:36.133 17
2. Trulli Toyota (B) 1:36.272 + 0.139 22
3. Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes (B) 1:36.330 + 0.197 17
4. Button Brawn GP-Mercedes (B) 1:36.463 + 0.330 16
5. Piquet Renault (B) 1:36.464 + 0.331 16
6. Massa Ferrari (B) 1:36.528 + 0.395 18
7. Kovalainen McLaren-Mercedes (B) 1:36.547 + 0.414 13
8. Nakajima Williams-Toyota (B) 1:36.560 + 0.427 17
9. Raikkonen Ferrari (B) 1:36.568 + 0.435 17
10. Barrichello Brawn GP-Mercedes (B) 1:36.642 + 0.509 17
11. Heidfeld BMW Sauber (B) 1:36.702 + 0.569 14
12. Kubica BMW Sauber (B) 1:36.742 + 0.609 14
13. Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari (B) 1:36.742 + 0.609 16
14. Bourdais Toro Rosso-Ferrari (B) 1:36.834 + 0.701 17
15. Webber Red Bull-Renault (B) 1:37.330 + 1.197 8
16. Vettel Red Bull-Renault (B) 1:37.349 + 1.216 7
17. Sutil Force India-Mercedes (B) 1:37.534 + 1.401 17
18. Fisichella Force India-Mercedes (B) 1:37.732 + 1.599 18
19. Alonso Renault (B) 1:38.003 + 1.870 6
20. Glock Toyota (B) 1:39.110 + 2.977 6



PRACTICE 2
Pos  Driver       Team                       Time              Laps
1. Button Brawn-Mercedes (B) 1:35.679 35
2. Rosberg Williams-Toyota (B) 1:35.704 + 0.025 36
3. Barrichello Brawn-Mercedes (B) 1:35.881 + 0.202 35
4. Webber Red Bull-Renault (B) 1:36.105 + 0.426 32
5. Vettel Red Bull-Renault (B) 1:36.167 + 0.488 22
6. Trulli Toyota (B) 1:36.217 + 0.538 42
7. Nakajima Williams-Toyota (B) 1:36.377 + 0.698 32
8. Glock Toyota (B) 1:36.548 + 0.869 40
9. Kovalainen McLaren-Mercedes (B) 1:36.674 + 0.995 34
10. Bourdais Toro Rosso-Ferrari (B) 1:36.800 + 1.121 34
11. Sutil Force India-Mercedes (B) 1:36.829 + 1.150 30
12. Massa Ferrari (B) 1:36.847 + 1.168 34
13. Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes (B) 1:36.941 + 1.262 28
14. Raikkonen Ferrari (B) 1:37.054 + 1.375 33
15. Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari (B) 1:37.219 + 1.540 34
16. Piquet Renault (B) 1:37.273 + 1.594 36
17. Kubica BMW-Sauber (B) 1:37.491 + 1.812 34
18. Heidfeld BMW-Sauber (B) 1:37.544 + 1.865 28
19. Alonso Renault (B) 1:37.638 + 1.959 28
20. Fisichella Force India-Mercedes (B) 1:37.750 + 2.071 31

Brawn clearly have the best car currently, and this was brilliantly demonstrated by a superb mid-session stint by Jenson Button, where he was not only consistently quick, as the stint times will show later, but that the BGP001 can keep its super-soft tyre in a better condition for longer than the rest before the inevitable degredation issue rears its head.
The rest of the field have a lot of work to do. Red Bull look strong once again and could be set for a positive points haul if their progress continues. Toyota also look good, as do Williams. The timesheet tells the story with the top eight places being filled by those four teams, with the rest trailing in their wake.



PRACTICE 1
Pos  Driver        Team                      Time              Laps
1. Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes (B) 1:37.334 + 22
2. Button Brawn GP-Mercedes (B) 1:37.450 + 0.116 18
3. Barrichello Brawn GP-Mercedes (B) 1:37.566 + 0.232 19
4. Kovalainen McLaren-Mercedes (B) 1:37.672 + 0.338 23
5. Webber Red Bull-Renault (B) 1:37.752 + 0.418 20
6. Trulli Toyota (B) 1:37.764 + 0.430 19
7. Rosberg Williams-Toyota (B) 1:37.860 + 0.526 24
8. Glock Toyota (B) 1:37.894 + 0.560 21
9. Alonso Renault (B) 1:38.089 + 0.755 19
10. Bourdais Toro Rosso-Ferrari (B) 1:38.195 + 0.861 24
11. Raikkonen Ferrari (B) 1:38.223 + 0.889 23
12. Vettel Red Bull-Renault (B) 1:38.274 + 0.940 20
13. Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari (B) 1:38.307 + 0.973 26
14. Sutil Force India-Mercedes (B) 1:38.319 + 0.985 18
15. Massa Ferrari (B) 1:38.418 + 1.084 20
16. Heidfeld BMW Sauber (B) 1:38.456 + 1.122 21
17. Fisichella Force India-Mercedes (B) 1:38.460 + 1.126 19
18. Kubica BMW Sauber (B) 1:38.463 + 1.129 18
19. Nakajima Williams-Toyota (B) 1:38.730 + 1.396 25
20. Piquet Renault (B) 1:38.825 + 1.491 20

Judging from the timesheet, McLaren would appear to have bounced back with upgrades to the MP4-24, but Brawn GP still look like the cars to beat.

Behind them, Toyota look strong despite technical problems for Jarno Trulli and off-track excursions hampering Timo Glock's morning. Ferrari continue their run outside the top ten, and are clearly struggling with their tyres.