The best news of all today was off-track, since Robert Kubica has had an interview with Italian media. He says he feels that he is recovering well, and hopes to be back in a car before the end of the season. We all hope so too! Get well soon! Robert was due to undergo more surgery today on his leg, arm and shoulder.
On-track, there were more red flags today. First up was Jaime Alguersuari, who spun at 10am local time. Toro Rosso took so long to get him back to the pits that I was off to university before he was back. Later, Petrov caused a red flag from spinning, and after that it was Perez‘s turn; the Mexican went into a tyre wall and smashed his car up, ending his day. Just a short while later, Maldonado crashed, adding to Williams’ bad luck this weekend; not only did they get very little running time yesterday, but a KERS worry today put them out for several hours just before the Venusuelan’s crash.
Most teams were running the same drivers as yesterday, minus Ricciardo for Toro Rosso. However, McLaren and Mercedes are alternating their drivers so Button and Schumacher were in for Hamiton and Rosberg today.
Technical problems for Lotus meant they weren’t able to complete their running today, though they were within 2.9s of the fastest time: Schumacher‘s 1:20.352 and good news for Mercedes who have struggled so far. Massa continued to do well with 116 laps completed and less than a tenth off Schumacher’s time. Even Timo Glock set a surprisingly good lap in the Virgin, at 1:22.208 and just 1.8s off Schumacher (and only 2 tenths off Webber’s time from 2010). In comparison with 2010, the times are slightly slower, but Sauber were showing off to get sponsors last year and Schumacher is only 4 tenths off Kobasyashi’s time.
1 – Michael Schumacher 1:20.352
2 – Felipe Massa 1:20.413
3 – Jenson Button 1:21.009
4 – Jaime Alguersuari 1:21.214
5 – Mark Webber 1:21.613
6 – Adrian Sutil 1:21.780
7 – Sergio Perez 1:21.857
8 – Timo Glock 1:22.208
9 – Vitaly Petrov 1:22.493
10 – Pastor Maldonado 1:22.591
11 – Jarno Trulli 1:23.216