Spanish practice

Jenson Button topped first practice this morning for the Spanish Grand Prix in Barcelona, with Williams’ Nico Rosberg going fastest in the afternoon.

Rosberg is becoming something of a master in second practice, although the fact that his car seemed to run out of fuel on his last lap of the day shows how light he was running.

His teammate Kazuki Nakajima might have been similarly low on gas, finishing the day in second, marginally ahead of Renault’s fast-improving car at the hands of Fernando Alonso.

All three set quicker lap times than Button’s morning run, however, which basically means no one outside of the teams themselves has any real idea who’s got proper pace for qualifying tomorrow.

All we do know is that the teams are carrying huge updates, and none more so than BMW, who have revised their car so heavily that it looks like an all-new machine.

It’s not however carrying a ‘B’ suffix to it’s F1.09 moniker – would that be admitting a weakness about the previous car?

Their upgrades appear to be paying dividends too, with both Robert Kubica and Nick Heidfeld setting times fast enough for third and fourth respectively in the morning.

They ran slower and so finished lower down the field in the afternoon, although if they’d kept their morning pace that would still only have been good enough for eighth and 13th in the second session.

Even though Kimi Raikkonen managed to claw into the top ten after lunch, Ferrari – and McLaren – appear to still be struggling for pace.

Of course, this could all change come tomorrow, as we don’t know what test programs they’re running, but Lewis Hamilton, when asked how the modifications worked today, simply replied: “They didn’t.” It’s not going well for big Macca then.

In a turn of events very nearly as surprising as that scene at the end of Fight Club, Nelson Piquet actually went well in both sessions, Renault allowing him to run lighter fuel loads in order to improve his qualifying performance.

This didn’t stop Nelsinho spearing off into the gravel in session two however, only to make it back to the garage, get his car sorted, head out of the pits… and straight off the circuit again on his next flying lap. Oops.

As much as it used to amuse me how rubbish he is, I’m actually now starting to feel sorry for him. Surely he’s not long for the F1 world is he?

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