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GP Week : Issue 2
31 Baptisms of fire and Renault rookies seem to go hand in hand of late, and when Piquet brought out the red flags in first practice for a spin, the trend looked set to continue. The resulting damage to his gearbox curtailed his track time in the afternoon, and with Alonso struggling for consistency the team looked flustered. Fast forward to qualifying and the snowball effect of Piquet’s Friday problems saw the Brazilian fail to make it out of Q1. Alonso, meanwhile, squeezed all he could from a car suffering from a diff failure to set the 11th fastest lap, giving him 10th on the grid after penalties were applied further up. Piquet’s race started well as he moved up to 12th, but having taken a punt up the back in the opening lap his car was badly damaged and dropped like a stone, eventually shutting down at half distance. Alonso meanwhile had a great afternoon. He produced an aggressive race and saw off a rampant Kovalainen for fourth position. F1 australia >> AT&T WILLIAMSF1 7 8 RED BULL RACING 9 10 Considering the positive expectation on the team, Friday got off to the worst start as both cars suffered gear selection issues after an apparently untested part was mistakenly fitted to the gearbox. With that problem sorted, a diff issue meant Rosberg was again struggling in the second session, but he nevertheless took the eighth fastest time. Fourth fastest in third practice for the German was translated into seventh on the grid with the promise of more to come, while Nakajima struggled but nevertheless made it through to Q2 and 14th despite being caught out by the red flag. In the race, Williams showed itself to be the surprise package of the show, with Nico Rosberg coming home in third to record his first career podium after a combative race. Nakajima, meanwhile, somehow managed to finish a race in which he took on two new noses, in the points. He’ll start in Malaysia with a 10 place penalty in his pocket however, for being fairly robust in the race. Practice, really, was something of a wakeup call for many paddock pundits as RBR set out its stall as not only quick but consistent, leading to many claiming that come qualifying the team could shock as best of the rest. Webber and Coulthard were fifth and sixth on Saturday morning, reinforcing that view. For the Scot, eighth place on the grid was rich reward for a level headed approach, but Webber, often the faster of the two over the weekend to that point, suffered a bad piece of luck with a right front brake failure in Q2 which slung him into the gravel and 15th spot. The race proved just as frustrating for the home hero, as he was one of many drivers whose car picked up terminal damage in the lap one mayhem. Coulthard, however, was having slightly more luck and drove a steady and consistent race until a visibly faster Felipe Massa recklessly lunged up the inside at Turn 1, doing the Scot out of what could have been a points-scoring finish. ING RENAULT TEAM 5 6