Narain Karthikeyan 19th in free practice sessions
India's F1 ace Narain karthikeyan came 19th in the free
practice sessions on Friday at Sepang, Malaysia.
18 Mar 2005: India's Narain Karthikeyan, racing for
the Jordan F1 team, finished 19th in the two free practice sessions at the Formula One Malaysian Grand Prix
at the Sepang Circuit today.
Track temperatures during the f1 practice session was 55 degrees Celsius, the 28-year-old
Jordan-Toyota driver clocked 1 minute, 40.375 seconds in the morning and improved to 1:38.855 in the afternoon session ahead of the season's second Grand Prix on Sunday.
The morning free practice session was dominated by the teams'
test dirvers, with the three fastest times being set by Ricardo Zonta of Toyota, Pedro de la
Rosa of McLaren Mercedes and Vitantonio Liuzzi of Red Bull.
But in the second free practice, Sauber's Felipe Massa set the pace while McLaren pair Juan Pablo Montoya and Kimi Raikkonen both came inside the top four at the 5.543-km Sepang circuit.
Defending champion Michael Schumacher of Ferrari , who crashed out of the Australian GP in Albert Park, Melbourne, after being drenched in the qualifying session the previous afternoon, came in 16th in practice. The seven-time world champion skidded off at turn 9 on his last run but regained control to finish the lap.