2009 JAPAN GP: RAINY SUZUKA


Heikki Kovalainen waited until the very last moment of the first free practice session for the Japanese Grand Prix to go quickest around a wet-but-drying Suzuka circuit.
Pos  Driver        Team                      Time              Laps
1. Kovalainen McLaren-Mercedes (B) 1:40.356 24
2. Nakajima Williams-Toyota (B) 1:40.648 + 0.292 18
3. Sutil Force India-Mercedes (B) 1:40.806 + 0.450 14
4. Fisichella Ferrari (B) 1:40.985 + 0.629 27
5. Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari (B) 1:41.421 + 1.065 26
6. Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes (B) 1:41.443 + 1.087 15
7. Alonso Renault (B) 1:41.532 + 1.176 22
8. Raikkonen Ferrari (B) 1:41.577 + 1.221 25
9. Barrichello Brawn GP-Mercedes (B) 1:41.821 + 1.465 18
10. Rosberg Williams-Toyota (B) 1:42.188 + 1.832 20
11. Webber Red Bull-Renault (B) 1:42.332 + 1.976 10
12. Liuzzi Force India-Mercedes (B) 1:42.475 + 2.119 15
13. Trulli Toyota (B) 1:42.657 + 2.301 13
14. Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari (B) 1:42.667 + 2.311 27
15. Kubica BMW Sauber (B) 1:42.833 + 2.477 16
16. Heidfeld BMW Sauber (B) 1:42.977 + 2.621 14
17. Vettel Red Bull-Renault (B) 1:43.218 + 2.862 11
18. Button Brawn GP-Mercedes (B) 1:43.318 + 2.962 17
19. Kobayashi Toyota (B) 1:43.407 + 3.051 16
20. Grosjean Renault (B) 1:43.572 + 3.216 22
Force India fastest on rainy Suzuka

Adrian Sutil set the fastest time in a largely pointless soaking wet second free practice session for the Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka. The German set a time of 1m47.261s in the final moments of the session, despite running wide at the notorious 130R corner. Second quickest was Sebastian Vettel ahead of the second Force India of Vitantonio Liuzzi.

But the heavy rain and a limited supply of tyres with which to tackle it contributed to an almost total washout of the second 90 minutes.
Pos  Driver       Team                       Time              Laps
1. Sutil Force India-Mercedes (B) 1:47.261 5
2. Vettel Red Bull-Renault (B) 1:47.923 + 0.662 6
3. Liuzzi Force India-Mercedes (B) 1:47.931 + 0.670 4
4. Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes (B) 1:47.983 + 0.722 5
5. Nakajima Williams-Toyota (B) 1:48.058 + 0.797 8
6. Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari (B) 1:48.691 + 1.430 9
7. Alonso Renault (B) 1:48.693 + 1.432 5
8. Trulli Toyota (B) 1:48.737 + 1.476 6
9. Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari (B) 1:48.802 + 1.541 11
10. Kubica BMW-Sauber (B) 1:48.861 + 1.600 6
11. Raikkonen Ferrari (B) 1:48.886 + 1.625 4
12. Kobayashi Toyota (B) 1:49.054 + 1.793 7
13. Webber Red Bull-Renault (B) 1:49.382 + 2.121 7
14. Grosjean Renault (B) 1:49.405 + 2.144 6
15. Fisichella Ferrari (B) 1:49.553 + 2.292 5
16. Rosberg Williams-Toyota (B) 1:49.872 + 2.611 7
17. Heidfeld BMW-Sauber (B) 1:50.179 + 2.918 9
18. Kovalainen McLaren-Mercedes (B) No time
19. Button Brawn-Mercedes (B) No time
20. Barrichello Brawn-Mercedes (B) No time