France on top in first practice

Alexandre Premat continued in Estoril where Team France teammate Nicolas Lapierre left off in Lausitz by setting the fastest time in the opening free practice session

France on top in first practice

At a cold and windy Estoril, the session kicked off on a damp track, but with the overhanging rain clouds holding off on the expected downpour a dry line emerged as time wore on.

This caused laptimes to tumble towards the end of the hour, and it was then that Premat went around the former GP venue in 1:33.024.

A1 GP newcomer Adrian Sutil did a good job to end up second quickest for Germany, while Tomas Enge was on the pace in third for the Czech Republic.
 
Another newcomer, Team Australia's Will Davison, was a strong fourth, while championship leader Nelson Piquet Jr of Team Brazil was fifth.

The mixed conditions meant that Team GBR opted to keep Robbie Kerr in the car for all the running, leaving Alex Lloyd on the sidelines once again, and the Brit ended up seventh. Team Ireland were 11th with Ralph Firman.

Pos Team Time Laps  1.  France           1:33.024              14
 2.  Germany          1:33.700   +  0.676   17
 3.  Czech Republic   1:33.734   +  0.710   19
 4.  Australia        1:34.065   +  1.041   16
 5.  Brazil           1:34.085   +  1.061   16
 6.  Portugal         1:34.699   +  1.675   16
 7.  Great Britain    1:35.283   +  2.259   17
 8.  Netherlands      1:35.302   +  2.278   15
 9.  Switzerland      1:35.590   +  2.566   15
10.  Malaysia         1:35.915   +  2.891   15
11.  Ireland          1:35.992   +  2.968   10
12.  Italy            1:36.055   +  3.031   16
13.  Russia           1:36.367   +  3.343   20
14.  Canada           1:36.374   +  3.350   12
15.  Austria          1:36.482   +  3.458   21
16.  South Africa     1:36.777   +  3.753   17
17.  Usa              1:37.534   +  4.510   11
18.  Pakistan         1:38.978   +  5.954   7
19.  New Zealand      1:39.361   +  6.337   17
20.  Lebanon          1:41.157   +  8.133   16
21.  Indonesia        1:44.914   +  11.890  10
22.  India            1:45.263   +  12.239  23
23.  China            1:45.388   +  12.364  8
24.  Mexico           1:45.400   +  12.376  12
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