Raikkonen quickest in practice 2 - Turkey

Kimi Raikkonen recovered from his problems in first practice to lead the way in today's second session in Istanbul

Raikkonen quickest in practice 2 - Turkey

The Ferrari driver beat McLaren's Lewis Hamilton to the top spot by just 0.036 seconds, with Raikkonen's teammate Felipe Massa third ahead of the impressive David Coulthard (Red Bull) and Hamilton's teammate Heikki Kovalainen.

Having lost most of the morning session to a gearbox fault, Raikkonen wasted no time when afternoon practice began.

He was one of the first drivers to take to a track still slightly damp after drizzle during the lunch break, and soon established himself at the top of the times. The world champion set a 1:27.543 laptime during his first run and it remained unbeaten for the rest of the session.

Hamilton got extremely close to snatching the top spot, though. He beat Raikkonen's first sector benchmark when he tried soft tyres for his last run, but lost time by getting sideways at Turn 8, crossing the line 0.036 seconds slower than the Ferrari.

Behind Massa - who was also within a tenth of Raikkonen's time - Coulthard beat Kovalainen to fourth with an impressive late lap, having earlier been as high as third when using soft tyres.

Robert Kubica took sixth for BMW after sitting out some of the morning session with a suspension problem. Toyota's Jarno Trulli and Williams' Kazuki Nakajima were next up.

The final top ten places were occupied by Fernando Alonso (Renault) and Kubica's teammate Nick Heidfeld.

Practice was briefly red-flagged after half an hour when Mark Webber crashed his Red Bull at Turn 6. The Australian ran wide on the exit of the corner, then lost grip on the kerb and grass strip, sending the car spinning back across the track and head-on into the opposite barrier.

It came to rest on the edge of the circuit with significant front-end damage, but Webber was unhurt and the marshals were able to clear the debris within seven minutes.

The crash meant Webber ended the session in 19th place, ahead of only Adrian Sutil - whose Force India refused to start for his planned final run.

Timo Glock had a less damaging incident when he ran wide at Turn 4 in the final minutes and broke his Toyota's front wing as he bounced over the kerbs and grass while trying to rejoin.

Sebastien Bourdais was also fortunate to escape damage when he - like Webber - slid back across the track after running wide. The Toro Rosso snapped sideways on the Turn 9 exit kerb and ended up slithering over the grass on the opposite side of the circuit before rejoining unscathed.

Pos Driver Team Time Laps 1. Raikkonen Ferrari (B) 1:27.543 30 2. Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes (B) 1:27.579 + 0.036 31 3. Massa Ferrari (B) 1:27.682 + 0.139 29 4. Coulthard Red Bull-Renault (B) 1:27.763 + 0.220 24 5. Kovalainen McLaren-Mercedes (B) 1:27.954 + 0.411 27 6. Kubica BMW Sauber (B) 1:28.431 + 0.888 29 7. Trulli Toyota (B) 1:28.619 + 1.076 29 8. Nakajima Williams-Toyota (B) 1:28.664 + 1.121 27 9. Alonso Renault (B) 1:28.681 + 1.138 26 10. Heidfeld BMW Sauber (B) 1:28.817 + 1.274 31 11. Button Honda (B) 1:28.826 + 1.283 28 12. Glock Toyota (B) 1:28.849 + 1.306 26 13. Rosberg Williams-Toyota (B) 1:28.907 + 1.364 29 14. Fisichella Force India-Ferrari (B) 1:29.008 + 1.465 35 15. Barrichello Honda (B) 1:29.024 + 1.481 22 16. Piquet Renault (B) 1:29.212 + 1.669 26 17. Vettel Toro Rosso-Ferrari (B) 1:29.462 + 1.919 30 18. Bourdais Toro Rosso-Ferrari (B) 1:29.630 + 2.087 32 19. Webber Red Bull-Renault (B) 1:29.633 + 2.090 4 20. Sutil Force India-Ferrari (B) 1:30.832 + 3.289 9 All Timing Unofficial 

shares
comments
Q & A with Nick Fry

Previous article

Q & A with Nick Fry

Next article

Webber takes full blame for crash

Webber takes full blame for crash
Load comments
How Ferrari has brought the best from F1’s smooth operator Plus

How Ferrari has brought the best from F1’s smooth operator

As a young boy, Carlos Sainz was schooled by his father in the special folklore surrounding Ferrari in Formula 1. Now an established grand prix ace – and a Ferrari driver to boot – Sainz opens up to BEN ANDERSON about driving for the team of his childhood hero, and of his own boyhood dreams

How Hungarian GP thriller sounded alarm bell for F1 2022 cars Plus

How Hungarian GP thriller sounded alarm bell for F1 2022 cars

OPINION: The 2021 Hungarian Grand Prix may not have been a thrill-a-minute overtaking fest, but it's a race that will live long in the memory as one of the best of the current era of Formula 1. And as F1 moves to regulations in 2022 aimed at boosting overtaking, Hungary showed the balance it must strike with its new machinery as not to deny similarly tense spectacles

Was Hamilton's Hungary solo start a good or bad look for F1? Plus

Was Hamilton's Hungary solo start a good or bad look for F1?

OPINION: Different perspectives had Lewis Hamilton’s solo second standing start in Formula 1’s 2021 Hungarian Grand Prix as fabulous or farcical. But did it make the championship appear too silly for the sake of a moment of high-charged sporting drama?

Formula 1
Aug 4, 2021
Why unseen Hungary heroics could be the making of F1's most overlooked driver Plus

Why unseen Hungary heroics could be the making of F1's most overlooked driver

The chaotic start to the Hungarian GP set the scene for F1's less heralded drivers to make a name for themselves. Esteban Ocon did just that to win in fine style, but further down the order one driver was making his first visit to the points and - while the circumstances were fortunate - took full advantage of the chance presented to him

Formula 1
Aug 3, 2021
Hungarian Grand Prix Driver Ratings Plus

Hungarian Grand Prix Driver Ratings

This was race that showcased the best and worst of Formula 1, producing a first time winner and a memorable comeback to a podium finish. Avoiding trouble at the start and astute strategy calls were key to success, but where some drivers took full advantage, others made key errors that cost them dearly

Formula 1
Aug 2, 2021
The “heart-breaking” call that led to Ocon’s Hungarian GP triumph Plus

The “heart-breaking” call that led to Ocon’s Hungarian GP triumph

Set to restart the red-flagged Hungarian Grand Prix in second, Esteban Ocon had some doubts when he peeled into the pits to swap his intermediate tyres for slicks. But this "heart-breaking" call was vindicated in spectacular fashion as the Alpine driver staved off race-long pressure from Sebastian Vettel for a memorable maiden Formula 1 victory

Formula 1
Aug 2, 2021
The F1 champion who became an Indy king in his second career Plus

The F1 champion who became an Indy king in his second career

Emerson Fittipaldi’s decision to go racing with his brother led to him falling out of F1, but he bloomed again on the IndyCar scene. NIGEL ROEBUCK considers a career of two halves

Formula 1
Jul 31, 2021
Why Mercedes is pleased to be in the Hungary hunt at a 'Red Bull track' Plus

Why Mercedes is pleased to be in the Hungary hunt at a 'Red Bull track'

Mercedes ended Friday practice at the Hungaroring with a clear gap to Red Bull thanks to Valtteri Bottas’s pace in topping FP2. But there are other reasons why the Black Arrows squad feels satisfied with its progress so far at a track many Formula 1 observers reckon favours Red Bull overall

Formula 1
Jul 30, 2021