Friday, June 29, 2007

Free Practice II

Ferrari dominated in practice again for the French Grand Prix in the second Friday session. This time it was Felipe Massa to take top spot with a time of 1:15.453s, just 0.035s faster than his team-mate Kimi Raikkonen. Third fastest was surprisingly the Ferrari-powered Toro Rosso of Scott Speed whilst Lewis Hamilton put in a late fast time to end up fourth fastest.

McLaren team-mate Fernando Alonso was eighth fastest as it seems that McLaren might have fallen behind Ferrari in pace again in preparation for this weekend's race. Vitantonio Liuzzi was fifth in the second Toro Rosso which suggests that the team might have made some improvements for this weekend. David Coutlhard was sixth fastest for the senior Red Bull outfit whilst Nico Rosberg was again a solid top ten contender in seventh. Anthony Davidson was an impressive ninth for Super Aguri whilst under-pressure Ralf Schumacher did well to round off the top ten in his Toyota.The session stayed dry despite the cloud cover threatening to make it wet. There were several off moments for the drivers as they pushed to find the limits ahead of tomorrow's qualifying. Davidson bizzarely clipped the back of Liuzzi on the entrance to the pits in the opening moments - 20 minutes before the Italian went off himself after mis-judging a bend. Mark Webber got homesick whilst approaching the Adelaide hairpin and stopped with a transmission problem. Then later on front-runners Massa and Alonso had off moments as they tried to find Magny Cours' limits.


1. F. Massa Ferrari 1:15.453

2. K. Räikkönen Ferrari 1:15.488

3. S. Speed STR 1:15.773

4. L. Hamilton McLaren 1:15.780

5. V. Liuzzi STR 1:15.952

6. D. Coulthard Red Bull 1:15.958

7. N. Rosberg Williams 1:16.003

8. F. Alonso McLaren 1:16.049

9. A. Davidson Super Aguri 1:16.162

10. R. Schumacher Toyota 1:16.184

11. G. Fisichella Renault 1:16.205

12. R. Kubica BMW 1:16.236

13. A. Wurz Williams 1:16.260

14. J. Trulli Toyota 1:16.285

15. J. Button Honda 1:16.395

16. M. Webber Red Bull 1:16.562

17. H. Kovalainen Renault 1:16.735

18. R. Barrichello Honda 1:16.950

19. N. Heidfeld BMW 1:16.968

20. T. Sato Super Aguri 1:17.165

21. A. Sutil Spyker 1:18.213

22. C. Albers Spyker 1:18.708

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