Kovalainen Quickest in Practice

Championship leader Heikki Kovalainen has started his weekend in Monza the way he means to go on, setting the fastest time in free practice ahead of rivals Nico Rosberg and Scott Speed

Kovalainen Quickest in Practice

Kovalainen was the fastest man on track after the drivers made their first timed lap, and he stayed at the top of the timesheets for all but one minute of the session. His fastest lap was 1:35.112, more than two tenths faster than Rosberg's.

New driver Toni Vilander had a baptism of fire, setting just one timed lap before spinning at turn two. Coloni teammate Mathias Lauda was off immediately after him, spinning through the gravel at the Lesmo corner and getting stuck in the gravel.

In the seventh minute Rosberg briefly ran fastest, but Kovalainen was able to immediately reply with a laptime one second faster than his championship rival, and was never headed again.

Rosberg and Speed's fastest laps were set on their final tour, getting close to the Finn's laptime but unable to match it, as a number of drivers spun off track with the session closing, including Hiroki Yoshimoto, Sergio Hernandez and Jose Maria Lopez.

With laptimes tumbling in the final minutes, the top seven drivers were split by just one second, with the top sixteen drivers separated by two seconds.

Pos Driver Team Time  1. Kovalainen Arden 1:35:112 2. Rosberg ART 1:35:346 + 0.234 3. Speed iSport 1:35:497 + 0.385 4. Carroll Super Nova 1:35:952 + 0.840 5. Lopez DAMS 1:35:955 + 0.843 6. Piquet Hitech Piquet 1:35:958 + 0.846 7. Pantano Super Nova 1:36:159 + 1.047 8. Alvarez Campos Racing 1:36:288 + 1.176 9. Hernandez Campos Racing 1:36:307 + 1.195 10. Jani Racing Eng. 1:36:493 + 1.381 11. Monfardini Durango 1:36:590 + 1.478 12. Garcia Racing Eng. 1:36:611 + 1.499 13. Lapierre Arden 1:36:679 + 1.567 14. Viso BCN Comp. 1:36:730 + 1.618 15. Yoshimoto BCN Comp. 1:37:009 + 1.897 16. Premat ART 1:37:103 + 1.991 17. Artam iSport 1:37:251 + 2.139 18. Pla DPR 1:37:432 + 2.320 19. Negrao Hitech Piquet 1:37:505 + 2.393 20. Mondini DPR 1:37:507 + 2.395 21. Fauzy DAMS 1:37:598 + 2.486 22. Piccione Durango 1:37:696 + 2.584 23. Lauda Coloni 1:39:775 + 4.663 All Timing Unofficial 

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