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Massa Tops First Practice at Interlagos

As expected, Felipe Massa topped today's first practice session at Interlagos in front of title rival Lewis Hamilton, while Ferrari teammate Kimi Raikkonen only managed 3rd place overall. The Brazilian managed to outscore Hamilton in the dying minutes of the morning session after the McLaren driver had led most of the one-hour outing with his 1:12.495 time.

Most of championship's big guns avoided entering the track in the first half of the session, but when they did it turned out to be a hell of a show. Hamilton grabbed an early lead with a time that he would later finish the practice session, followed by local favorite Felipe Massa. Despite improving his performances lap after lap, the Brazilian only managed to get in front of the pack a few minutes before the finish line.

Had the morning session begun a few minutes later, it would have probably ended under rainy conditions.

Raikkonen ended the morning session with the 3rd best time of the day, only 0.012 seconds slower than Hamilton's. Curiously enough, 4th was BMW's Robert Kubica, followed by McLaren's Heikki Kovalainen. Completing the Top 6 was Spaniard Fernando Alonso. Renault ended the first practice session at Interlagos with both drivers inside the Top 10, as Nelsinho Piquet entered the pits after securing the 8th best time of the day.

Here are the complete results of the Brazilian Grand Prix' first practice session on Friday.

 1.  Massa          Ferrari                         1:12.305
 2.  Hamilton      McLaren-Mercedes     1:12.495  + 0.190
 3.  Raikkonen    Ferrari                         1:12.507  + 0.202
 4.  Kubica          BMW Sauber              1:12.874  + 0.569
 5.  Kovalainen   McLaren-Mercedes     1:12.925  + 0.620
 6.  Alonso          Renault                       1:13.061  + 0.756
 7.  Webber        Red Bull-Renault         1:13.298  + 0.993
 8.  Piquet           Renault                       1:13.378  + 1.073
 9.  Heidfeld        BMW Sauber              1:13.426  + 1.121
10.  Glock           Toyota                         1:13.466  + 1.161
11.  Trulli            Toyota                          1:13.600  + 1.295
12.  Rosberg      Williams-Toyota           1:13.621  + 1.316
13.  Bourdais      Toro Rosso-Ferrari      1:13.649  + 1.344
14.  Barrichello   Honda                          1:13.676  + 1.371
15.  Button          Honda                         1:13.766  + 1.461
16.  Nakajima     Williams-Toyota           1:13.806  + 1.501
17.  Vettel           Toro Rosso-Ferrari       1:13.836  + 1.531
18.  Coulthard    Red Bull-Renault          1:13.861  + 1.556
19.  Sutil             Force India-Ferrari       1:14.704  + 2.399
20.  Fisichella     Force India-Ferrari       1:14.821  + 2.516
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