Despite spinning off the track more than once, Briton Lewis Hamilton was the fastest driver in the first practice session of the Shanghai Grand Prix. A win in China would make the McLaren driver a near-certain 2008 World Champion.
SHANGHAI - Lewis Hamilton made the best possible start to his quest to win the world title at the Chinese Grand Prix this weekend by dominating both of the first two practice sessions on Friday.
The 23-year-old McLaren driver, who could become Formula One's youngest champion on Sunday, swept around the 5.451km circuit in one minute 35.630 seconds in the morning session and clocked the quickest lap in the afternoon as well.
The Briton will, however, be painfully aware that he also dominated all weekend in
Raikkonen's team mate Felipe Massa is
That compared with
Spain's double world champion Fernando Alonso, who has won the last two races, continued his and Renault's revival with a flying lap late in the afternoon session for the third fastest time of 1:36.024.
World champion Raikkonen, whose interest in the drivers' championship is already over, was fourth quickest with a lap of 1.36.052 in the morning.
He recovered immediately to top the time sheets on his next go around and, although he was quickly trumped by
The Briton opened the second session in similar style, quickly topping the time sheets with a run of 1.35.750 and, although he came off again on the tricky turn two again late in the session, no other driver came close to matching his time.
Date created : 2008-10-17