Drivers Get First Taste Of Fuji
September 28, 2007 | 1:31 P.M. EST
Kimi Raikkonen set the fastest time in the morning session of 1:19.119. But points leader Lewis Hamilton blew that time away in the second session with a fast lap of 1:18.734.
Hamilton's McLaren teammate, Fernando Alonso, was second fastest in the afternoon
Raikkonen's teammate, Felipe Massa, was the fastest Ferrari in the second session, coming in third, followed by Toyota's Jarno Trulli.
"On this interesting track, it is not easy to find the right balance between the slower section and long main straight. This morning we were quick and the afternoon, our work was aimed more at the race," Massa said. "We improved the set-up during the day but there is still much to do. However, the first impressions are positive and I think we can be competitive."
Several drivers who struggled to top the charts in the first session came back fierce in the second session including David Coulthard in his Red Bull Renault. Coulthard was second slowest in the first session due to problems with his car, but managed to be eighth-fastest in the second session.
"There are tricky elements to the circuit and the last section is particularly difficult with very low grip, so the car was sliding around there," Coulthard said. "It's pretty challenging. Other than that, there's a very long straight, which there isn't so much to say about. We'll see what we can do in qualifying tomorrow."
Qualifying follows a final practice session and begins at 1 a.m. (ET) Saturday. The race is slated to begin Saturday night at Midnight.
Prior to the race Williams' Nico Rosberg will have to drop 10 spots in the starting lineup due to an engine change.