It is reported that Rubens Barrichello will take a 5 place grid penalty due to a gearbox change
Sebastian Vettel was quickest on Friday while both Webber and Grosjean crashed during practice
Air temperature is 31 degrees while track temperature is at 35 degrees
Track conditions are dry
The cars go out on their installation laps
A few drivers practicing starts on their way out
Just the 2 Brawn cars still in the pits
Most of the drivers are now back in the pits as both Brawns go out
All cars are back in the pits
The overhead shot of the track is just magnificent showing the illuminated track
Fisichella is the first to go back out
Fisichella starts a timed lap. He struggled for most of yesterday but set some reasonable times late in the second practice
Grosjean and Alguersuari also on the track
Raikkonen on the track too
Alguersuari seems to have stalled it at the end of the pit lane!
The mechanics try to instruct the stewards how to push the car back so the mechanics can retrieve it!
Fisichella sets a 1:58.455
Grosjean sets a 1:52.436. Track very dusty!
Now Raikkonen is fastest with a 1:51.794
Ferrari targetting both cars to reach Q3 but admit that they are struggling as they are not developing the car like many other teams
Alguersuari out again and this time he practices a start successfully!
Raikkonen improves with a 1:50.347. Kubica in second and Buemi in third
20 minutes: Rosberg fastest with a 1:50.134
Now Kubica goes fasteest with a 1:49.679
Raikkonen goes wide and has to reverse to get back on the track!
Rosberg now quickest with a 1:49.447
Hamilton very quick in 1st sector as Kubica goes fastest with a 1:49.434
Hamilton goes fastest with a 1:48.346
Webber has made it out on the track. He is the only driver yet to set a time
Halfway into Saturday practice: Hamilton, Barrichello, Kovalainen, Heidfeld, Alonso, Kubica, Rosberg, Button, Glock and Nakajima
Fisichella is currently in 19th having done the most laps so far (9 laps)
Hamilton is over 8 tenths quicker than anyone else. Was he on a light fuel run ?
[Comment From RaHuL ] Where are Luizzi and Sutil?
[Ed] Liuzzi in 18th, Sutil in 13th (34 minutes)
[Comment From RaHuL ] How the practice and qualifying affect the positions in race, if u can elaborate? and how practice is different from qualifying? :)
[Ed] Practice is just that, drivers try to get the most out of the car in preparation for the race. Qualifying is where is all counts and they need to drive a perfect lap to determine the grid order
Trulli is in 20th place with an uncompetitive time. Looks like he has a problem
Fisichella up into 15th and ahead of Raikkonen at this stage (38 minutes in)
[Comment From RaHuL ] That means officially practice doesn't count but whoever is fastest in qualifying will get the pole and so on?
[Comment From RaHuL ] one lap is all it takes in qualifying?
[Ed] There are 3 sessions in qualifying so 3 laps!
[Comment From RaHuL ] like Hamilton did it in Monza to Sutil in last lap of qualifying?
Kovalainen moves into second with a 1:48.427!
Replay shows Sutil brushing the wall. Doesn't appear to have damaged anything!
[Comment From RaHuL ] Then we can say that it's best of three in qualifying, the fastest lap of the driver will be counted, thnx :)
[Ed] Not exactly. It is a knockout. Watch in a few hours!
Mechanics working on Raikkonen's car. Looks like something is wrong there!
[Comment From RaHuL ] what is Q3?
[Ed] Session 3 of Qualifying!
Hamilton improves with a 1:48.197
[Comment From RaHuL ] you have to qualify for Q2 in Q1 and for Q3 in Q2, like that...if u don't then u r knocked out..
[Ed] Yes, slowest 5 are out in Q1 and Q2
15 min remain in Saturday practice - Order: Hamilton, Rosberg, Kovalainen, Glock, Barrichello, Trulli, Alonso, Sutil, Kubica & Vettel
[Comment From RaHuL ] time in IST for qualifing?
[Ed] It is 22:00 Local time
[Comment From RaHuL ] what is pre qualifying runs?
[Ed] Runs to simulate qualifying. Low fuel and new tyres mainly
Raikkonen up into 7th on the super softs
Vettel goes quickest with a 1:47.938
[Comment From RaHuL ] qualifying in 2hrs approx.?
Vettel improves slightly
19 cars on the track now!
Hamilton quickest in S1 but misses a turn and has to reverse back
A few drivers had their laps ruined due to that
Less than 2 minutes remain and Vettel still fastest ahead of Hamilton and Rosberg
[Comment From RaHuL ] I have never heard of reversing in race so why are they revrsing here?
[Ed] It is practice
Hamilton now fastest with a 1:47.632
Session over, awaiting final lap times
Saturday practice - Top 10: Hamilton, Vettel, Rosberg, Kovalainen, Kubica, Heidfeld, Barrichello, Glock, Buemi, Trulli
Saturday practice - 11th - 20th: Nakajima, Raikkonen, Webber, Button, Alonso, Liuzzi, Sutil, Alguersuari, Grosjean and Fisichella
[Comment From RaHuL ] I know it is practice, so why they don't miss turns in race? and if they do then why don't they reverse?
[Ed] They do but they have to be more careful. They can reverse but under certain conditions
1.041 separates the top 8. 2.009 seconds separate the top 19
Saturday practice: Most laps by Fisichella (21 laps). Least laps by Trulli (12 laps)