Japanese GP: Red Bull Friday practice report

FUJI HOTEL SURVIVAL GUIDE Having trouble dealing with your tiny hotel room here? Then take note of these handy hints on how to survive the weekend: - Always have a can of Red Bull in your room. Not only will it sharpen your mind for work, but...

FUJI HOTEL SURVIVAL GUIDE

Having trouble dealing with your tiny hotel room here? Then take note of these handy hints on how to survive the weekend:

- Always have a can of Red Bull in your room. Not only will it sharpen your mind for work, but if you spray a few drops on the bedroom floor, it might remove the smell of the four million cigarettes smoked since the carpet was last cleaned.

- Nowhere to put your clothes? Fold them neatly and put them under the mattress. They take up no space and are perfectly ironed in the morning. Hang your suitcase outside the window on your pass.

- Bed too small? Try sleeping in your travel bag. It's probably more comfortable and if it has wheels, your colleagues can drag you to the circuit in the morning, if you have a Sake hangover.

- Make sure you have an ashtray full of fake cigarette ends. Not smoking in a Japanese hotel might lead to you being deported as an undesirable alien.

Car 10 MARK WEBBER, 1st Practice P13, 2nd Practice P6

"That was a good Friday for us. We enjoyed some dry weather today, which is an improvement on last year! It's enjoyable to drive the track it's got some technical and frustrating corners, but we just have to get on with that. We've done our race preparation today, we'll work hard tonight and do the qualifying tomorrow. All in all, not too bad."

Car 9 DAVID COULTHARD, 1st Practice P19, 2nd Practice P17

"I had low grip through the last sector, which meant the car had a lot of oversteer and was sliding. There is a contrast in coming here from somewhere like Singapore, which is a challenge and fun to drive. This track includes blind apexes and off camber corners. It doesn't matter if you're a racing driver or a punter, a nice corner is a nice corner, and they tend to be ones where you see into them, or it's banked and you ride the corner. In contrast, you don't normally see them here before you're on them, or it's off camber so the car slides at the rear. It looks good on TV, but these cars don't generate high levels of slip angle and go fast, so it means you lose some lap time but that's the challenge of this circuit."

STATISTICS

MARK WEBBER
First Practice Session
Position: 13, Best Time: 1:20.620, Laps: 24, Chassis No.5
Second Practice Session
Position: 6, Best Time 1:18.734, Laps: 39, Chassis No.5

DAVID COULTHARD
First Practice Session
Position: 19, Best Time: 1:20.905, Laps: 24, Chassis No.4
Second Practice Session
Position: 17, Best Time: 1:19.327, Laps: 36, Chassis No.4

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