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Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Qualifying 
31st-Oct-2009 03:38 pm

Originally published at Paul Henman at henman.ca. You can comment here or there.

The drivers have had three practice sessions to become familiar with this new circuit; fastest the sessions were: LH (1:43.939) in Practice 1, HK (1:41.307) in Practice 2, and JB (1:40.625) in Saturday practice.

There’s a problem with erosion from the wind and sand – it’s making a real mess of the cars’ front wings’ leading edge. The track’s dusty, and the change in temperature (the race spans sunset tomorrow) is going to make it difficult for them to maintain enough grip to keep the cars on
the black stuff. Current conditions: air temperature 30°C; track 33°C; wind 3.1m/s; humidity 55%

At least the grand stands look a little more full that yesterday but it’s still not attracting as many paying spectators as Silverstone does … but that won’t sway Bernie.

Nice to see Ron Dennis in the McLaren garage – he’s only visiting though, after Bernie & Max got their way and ousted him.

Fillipe Massa is on the Ferrari timing wall – looks like the plastic surgeon’s done a great job.

My notes are, as always, after the cut…

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