De la Rosa Fastest in Practice 1 - Turkey

McLaren test driver Pedro de la Rosa led the way in Friday's opening practice for the inaugural Turkish Grand Prix as the Formula One cars hit the track for the first time at Istanbul Park

De la Rosa Fastest in Practice 1 - Turkey

Run under surprisingly cloudy skies and lower than expected temperatures of 28 degrees, the session saw limited running early on but all 25 cars had set a competitive time by the end.

De la Rosa's lap of 1:27.882 put him 0.571 seconds ahead of McLaren teammate Kimi Raikkonen, who posted his time with less than 20 seconds of the session remaining.

Mark Webber finished third fastest for Williams, with a time just 0.883 seconds behind the session leader with Toyota test driver Ricardo Zonta in fourth place.

Jenson Button claimed fifth for BAR-Honda to push the third McLaren of Juan Pablo Montoya down to sixth place with championship leader Fernando Alonso down in seventh.

World Champion Michael Schumacher, keen to continue his improving form with Ferrari here this weekend, finished eighth fastest despite a few troubles during the session.

Takuma Sato, under pressure to start producing results for BAR-Honda, finished ninth fastest and Giancarlo Fisichella, in the second Renault, completed the top ten runners.

De la Rosa caused the session to be halted for four minutes after his McLaren stopped out on track but he still ended the session with the fastest time.

The dusty track failed proved tricky for Schumacher, who made a mistake at turn three then spun across the gravel at turn 12 late in the session.

Webber also took to the gravel in his Williams after running wide at turn 10 and Vitantonio Liuzzi lost control at turn eight, one of the corners tipped by the drivers to be most difficult.

Nick Heidfeld, in the second Williams, went off at turn one as the drivers began to push harder in the closing stages of the session before De la Rosa stopped out on track.

The session was re-started with seven minutes left to run and Barrichello was caught out at turn three, where he spun with three minutes of the session remaining.

Pos Driver Team Time Laps 1. de la Rosa McLaren-Mercedes (M) 1:27.882 16 2. Raikkonen McLaren-Mercedes (M) 1:28.453 + 0.571 11 3. Webber Williams-BMW (M) 1:28.765 + 0.883 8 4. Zonta Toyota (M) 1:28.810 + 0.928 25 5. Button BAR-Honda (M) 1:28.968 + 1.086 12 6. Montoya McLaren-Mercedes (M) 1:29.183 + 1.301 10 7. Alonso Renault (M) 1:29.283 + 1.401 13 8. M.Schumacher Ferrari (B) 1:29.766 + 1.884 11 9. Sato BAR-Honda (M) 1:30.050 + 2.168 12 10. Fisichella Renault (M) 1:30.106 + 2.224 9 11. Massa Sauber-Petronas (M) 1:30.368 + 2.486 11 12. R.Schumacher Toyota (M) 1:30.563 + 2.681 12 13. Trulli Toyota (M) 1:30.785 + 2.903 11 14. Heidfeld Williams-BMW (M) 1:30.847 + 2.965 10 15. Villeneuve Sauber-Petronas (M) 1:30.847 + 2.965 12 16. Klien Red Bull-Cosworth (M) 1:31.008 + 3.126 10 17. Barrichello Ferrari (B) 1:31.294 + 3.412 11 18. Coulthard Red Bull-Cosworth (M) 1:31.306 + 3.424 11 19. Liuzzi Red Bull-Cosworth (M) 1:31.353 + 3.471 20 20. Monteiro Jordan-Toyota (B) 1:32.147 + 4.265 15 21. Kiesa Jordan-Toyota (B) 1:32.501 + 4.619 22 22. Karthikeyan Jordan-Toyota (B) 1:32.886 + 5.004 12 23. Albers Minardi-Cosworth (B) 1:33.474 + 5.592 13 24. Doornbos Minardi-Cosworth (B) 1:35.367 + 7.485 12 25. Toccacelo Minardi-Cosworth (B) 1:36.411 + 8.529 15 All timing unofficial 
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