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DATE News (chronologically)
10/01/09
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Suzuka wet for morning practice session
(GMM)  McLaren's Heikki Kovalainen topped the Friday morning practice session at wet Suzuka.

The popular Japanese layout was drying by the end of the 90 minute session, which commenced at 10am local, but lap times were about ten seconds off the pace of the last dry sessions at Suzuka back in 2006.

Toyota reserve driver Kamui Kobayashi is filling in for the ill Timo Glock on Friday, with team president John Howett revealing that the German's temperature is currently over 39.

"Very good," said the Briton when asked by British BBC radio how he thought Japanese Kobayashi was doing.  The 23-year-old ended the session 19th fastest, three seconds off the pace.

"He didn't know he was going to drive until 30 or 40 minutes before the session, and he's good," Howett added, insisting that "it's too early to say" if Kobayashi might be considered for a race drive in 2010.

Toyota is not committing to re-signing Glock or Jarno Trulli for next season, and Howett was spotted meeting with Robert Kubica's manager Daniele Morelli in the Suzuka paddock on Friday morning.

Results

Pos

Driver Team Time Behind Laps
1. Kovalainen McLaren-Mercedes 1:40.356 +0.000 24
2. Nakajima Williams-Toyota 1:40.648 +0.292 18
3. Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1:40.806 +0.450 14
4. Fisichella Ferrari 1:40.985 +0.629 27
5. Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:41.421 +1.065 26
6. Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:41.443 +1.087 15
7. Alonso Renault 1:41.532 +1.176 22
8. Raikkonen Ferrari 1:41.577 +1.221 25
9. Barrichello Brawn GP-Mercedes 1:41.821 +1.465 18
10. Rosberg Williams-Toyota 1:42.188 +1.832 20
11. Webber Red Bull-Renault 1:42.332 +1.976 10
12. Liuzzi Force India-Mercedes 1:42.475 +2.119 15
13. Trulli Toyota 1:42.657 +2.301 13
14. Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:42.667 +2.311 27
15. Kubica BMW Sauber 1:42.833 +2.477 16
16. Heidfeld BMW Sauber 1:42.977 +2.621 14
17. Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1:43.218 +2.862 11
18. Button Brawn GP-Mercedes 1:43.318 +2.962 17
19. Kobayashi Toyota 1:43.407 +3.051 16
20. Grosjean Renault 1:43.572 +3.216 22

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