Plenty of umbrellas but very few race drivers appeared as a wet Suzuka track kicked off practice at Suzuka on Friday morning.
”It looks like today the weather is pretty bad,” said McLaren’s Pedro de la Rosa, among eighteen race drivers who failed to do more than an out-lap or two in the drenched conditions, ”but Saturday and Sunday should be a lot better.”
The two Ferraris failed to emerge from the garage even once, even though it stopped raining during the session. Michael Schumacher was spotted in the paddock giving an autograph.
Franck Montagny lasted only 13 laps before beaching his Super Aguri in the Degner gravel. His ‘Friday’ colleagues hogged the top five places.