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Valencia: Vettel tops opening practice
Sebastian Vettel
Red Bull
Sebastian Vettel on Friday played down his best time posted in the very first official session at the new Valencia street circuit.

The German headed the usual pacesetters from Ferrari, McLaren and BMW-Sauber at the end of the initial 90-minute practice, and his Toro Rosso teammate Sebastien Vettel was also high in the order.

The feat moved some cynics to note that the cars' refueler had possibly been told to take a break while a potential team buyer surveyed the practice session.

"We were the only team that used new tires again right at the end," the 21-year-old admitted afterwards.  "Naturally that counts for quite a lot."

Boats sit alongside Valencia street circuit
Red Bull
Shortly after the session, F1 figures - including the drivers and team bosses like Ron Dennis, Ross Brawn and Sir Frank Williams - gathered with local officials for two minutes of silence in tribute to the Spanair plane crash victims.

For this reason, the start of the subsequent GP2 session was delayed.



1. Sebastian Vettel Germany Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:40.496
2. Felipe Massa Brazil Ferrari 1:40.654
3. Lewis Hamilton Britain McLaren-Mercedes 1:40.822
4. Sebastien Bourdais France Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:41.099
5. Heikki Kovalainen Finland McLaren-Mercedes 1:41.163
6. Robert Kubica Poland BMW Sauber 1:41.281
7. Kimi Raikkonen Finland Ferrari 1:41.317
8. Kazuki Nakajima Japan Williams-Toyota 1:41.329
9. Fernando Alonso Spain Renault 1:41.385
10. Nico Rosberg Germany Williams-Toyota 1:41.706
11. Rubens Barrichello Brazil Honda 1:41.830
12. Jarno Trulli Italy Toyota 1:41.930
13. Adrian Sutil Germany Force India-Ferrari 1:41.951
14. Timo Glock Germany Toyota 1:42.036
15. Nelson Piquet Brazil Renault 1:42.107
16. Nick Heidfeld Germany BMW Sauber 1:42.453
17. Jenson Button Britain Honda 1:42.460
18. Giancarlo Fisichella Italy Force India-Ferrari 1:43.075
19. David Coulthard Britain Red Bull-Renault 1:43.312
20. Mark Webber Australia Red Bull-Renault 1:43.524

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