Japanese Grand Prix – Practice

News:

  • driver contract discussions (aka the “silly season”) are under way – my notes
  • Michael Schumacher announced his second retirement – BBC
  • “Jenson Button is set to drop five places on the grid for Sunday’s 2012 Formula 1 Japanese Grand Prix thanks to his McLaren requiring a new gearbox ahead of the Suzuka race.” [source: FIA]

Free Practice 1:
For FP1, Bottas is in Senna’s Williams and Van der Garde is in Kovalainen’s Caterham.
NR parked his Mercedes just before the end of the session
JB was fastest (1:34.507) followed by LH, MW, NR, MS, KK, FM, PRe, NH, PM

Free Practice 2:
PRe off into the barriers; radio from team “You OK Paul?”; PRe “Well, obviously that’s it finished”
Red flag to clean up PRe’s Force India
KR asks “why is the KERS not working?”
MS into the barriers at Spoon Curve, just like PRe
MW fastest (1:32.493) followed by LH, SV, NH, FA, RG, JB, BS, FM, MS
VP has lost his rear wing … after the chequered flag