Daily: 29th August 2009

29 August, 2009 at 00:01 (GMT+01:00)

By Christine Blachford

Qualifying day is upon us and with all the Free Practice action we saw yesterday, we are none the wiser about who will do well. It looks as though McLaren are back on form, but perhaps the final practice session this morning will help us get a clearer picture. Meanwhile, here are some of the things we're talking about:

  • Abu Dhabi has conceded to FOM's demands to host a twilight race - starting at 5pm. The circuit organisers say they are embracing the idea and are prepared to sort out floodlighting to transition from day to night much easier. I can't believe they are bending to Bernie's will so easily.
  • Christian Horner has confirmed that Red Bull will have to cut down some of the mileage that Vettel does on Friday's to try and preserve his engines. They're confident they can avoid penalty by reusing old engines and monitoring the situation carefully. Good luck!
  • Force India appear to have turned up to Spa with a ridiculous looking motorhome, so their disputes are clearly not over. However, the drivers are hoping to do well. Fisichella showed some promise in FP yesterday, and Sutil was great in Valencia. What can they achieve this weekend?

That'll do it for now. There will be threads open for Free Practice and Qualifying throughout the day, and look out for the Digest later. I'll see you in the comments.

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