Turkish Grand Prix – Practice Session 2 Round-up

Lewis Hamilton showed his pace in the afternoon session to finish top in practice session 2 of the Turkish Grand Prix.

The session was disrupted mid-way through when a drain cover came loose at Turn 10 causing a 20 minute red flag. Giancarlo Fisichella inadvertently caused the problems when he ran over the drain cover, detaching it and sending it flying. The drain cover came to a rest on the grass next to the track. Officials chose to stop the session whilst they checked out the problem. When the session resumed, many drivers were unable to improve on their previous times.

Hamilton set a fastest lap time of 1:28.469, just ahead of the Ferrari of Kimi Raikkonen. However, the Ferrari driver still holds the fastest time of the day with a fastest lap set in session 1 of 1:27.988.

Toyota had a better afternoon with Ralf Schumacher and Jarno Trulli putting in the third and fourth fastest times of the session. This meant that the stranglehold at the top end of McLaren and Ferrari was broken with Felipe Massa managing to finish fifth, with Alonso sixth although both men were only around four tenths of a second slower than Lewis Hamilton.

With three minutes remaining, Anthony Davidson locked his wheels at Turn 3, sending his Super Aguri into the barriers and causing yellow flags to be shown. It wasn t  Davidson s only hair-raising moment earlier in the session, he was approaching Turn 8 when he came across a very slow moving Sebastien Vettel. Already committed to the corner, Davidson took a minor excursion off-track before rejoining, whilst Vettel limped around to the pits so his mechanics could fix his mechanical issue.

David Coulthard suffered a fuel leak in practice session 1, causing a spin and a fire. The Red Bull team were forced to change his engine and carry out repairs meaning the Scotsman missed the early parts of the session. He did manage to put some laps in, making it home in eleventh place.

Unofficial times from practice session 2 of the Turkish Grand Prix:

Istanbul Park, 2007 - Practice session 2 times