French GP: Problems for Alonso in Practice Session 1

Felipe Massa was quickest in free practice session 1 this morning. The Ferrari driver looked comfortable, finishing seven tenths ahead of his nearest rival, Lewis Hamilton. Kovalainen was just behind his team-mate in third place, with the second Ferrari of Kimi Raikkonen rounding out the top four.

The only drama of the morning came from Fernando Alonso, who finished the session sixth place. Unfortunately, the Spaniard stopped on track on the approach to the 180 corner towards the end of the session with smoke billowing from his engine.

Jarno Trulli also had a small spin at the Adelaide hairpin but was able to recover and carry on with his session.

Unofficial Times for Practice Session 1 at Magny-Cours:

Pos  Driver        Team                  Time              Laps
 1.  Massa         Ferrari               1:15.306            22
 2.  Hamilton      McLaren-Mercedes      1:16.002  + 0.696   22
 3.  Kovalainen    McLaren-Mercedes      1:16.055  + 0.749   20
 4.  Raikkonen     Ferrari               1:16.073  + 0.767   21
 5.  Kubica        BMW Sauber            1:16.377  + 1.071   19
 6.  Alonso        Renault               1:16.400  + 1.094   23
 7.  Trulli        Toyota                1:16.758  + 1.452   32
 8.  Vettel        Toro Rosso-Ferrari    1:16.838  + 1.532   27
 9.  Heidfeld      BMW Sauber            1:16.870  + 1.564   21
10.  Glock         Toyota                1:16.886  + 1.580   31
11.  Piquet        Renault               1:17.063  + 1.757   31
12.  Coulthard     Red Bull-Renault      1:17.234  + 1.928   21
13.  Webber        Red Bull-Renault      1:17.269  + 1.963   22
14.  Rosberg       Williams-Toyota       1:17.394  + 2.088   30
15.  Barrichello   Honda                 1:17.491  + 2.185   25
16.  Bourdais      Toro Rosso-Ferrari    1:17.683  + 2.377   27
17.  Nakajima      Williams-Toyota       1:17.696  + 2.390   25
18.  Button        Honda                 1:17.928  + 2.622   21
19.  Fisichella    Force India-Ferrari   1:18.072  + 2.766   27
20.  Sutil         Force India-Ferrari   1:18.673  + 3.367   13