Finally back home after the four “fly away” races, many of the teams have new updates for their cars.
Friday Practice 1:
The tyre options are the Bridgestone hard and soft compounds
JB was fastest (1:21.799) followed by JT and RK.
Both the McLarens and FM’s Ferrari ran with KERS, but both BMW Saubers and Renault have abandoned it for the weekend to focus on other issues.
Friday Practice 2:
First on track are SV, JT and NR
SBu stops on track – smoke from both rear wheels – did the brakes lock? He’d only just left the pit lane
15mins gone; 75ins left of this session; HK & AS yet to join the circuit
30mins gone; 60mins left; still no sign of AS
45mins gone = halfway through this session; order is KN, SV, RB, MW, NP, NR, JB, TG, LH, KR, JT, FA, RK, SBo, FM, NH, HK, GF; no times from SBu or AS.
Force India say AS’s car has a major fuel system problem, which is why he’s still in the garage
NP has beached the Renault in Turn 9; the marshals dig him out and NP heads back to the pits
SBu is back on track
NP spins and dips his rear tyres into the gravel again
10mins left; order is NR, KN, RB, FA, MW, SV, JB, NP, GF, KR, SBo, HK, FM, RK, SBu, LH, NH, TG, JT, AS.
NR parks the BMW on the grass – seeing him weaving on the replay suggests he ran out of fuel
Chequered flag is out to end the session
So NR was fastest (1:21.588) followed by teammate KN and then FA on his home circuit.