Kubica heads final free practice session
Kubica finally hit the form he had been chasing so far in
the Macau Grand Prix weekend during Friday morning's second
free practice session when he edged out provisional pole position
man and Manor Motorsport team-mate Lewis Hamilton by 0.646
had struggled with traffic throughout Thursday and had his
chances of a decent showing in first qualifying dashed when
he was caught up in an accident - but it all came right in
practice as he was consistently fast throughout the 30-minute
was important not to crash in that session and we knew yesterday
that we were fast, but it just didn't come together with traffic
in free practice and my crash in qualifying," explained
Kubica. "Lewis is very competitive and we hope to start
at the front, but let's wait and see what happens."
was far from unhappy about being edged out by his team-mate,
however, and declared himself fully satisfied with his preparations
before the afternoon's final qualifying session.
was good and there were no problems at all," said Hamilton.
"We made a few changes to the car early in the session
just to see what we needed to do and I am pleased with how
things are going."
Fabio Carbone set the third fastest time in the dying seconds
of the session, while fourth fastest American Richard Antinucci
had no chance to respond after coming into the pits before
the chequered flag had come out.
session wasn't bad," said Antinucci. "I went into
the pits a bit early, but the car feels quite good on old
tyres, so it will be interesting to see how it performs on
session was marred by a few minor accidents. Christian Jones,
the son of former world champion Alan, had a moment at Moorish
Hill, while the same corner later caught out Giedo van der
Garde and Adam Carroll - both of whom hit the barriers. TOM'S
driver Kazuki Nakajima also crashed just before the Melco