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Ferrari stay on top in practice 2 - France

Felipe Massa and Kimi Raikkonen secured the top two positions in second practice to complete an encouraging start to Ferrari's French Grand Prix.

Massa's time of 1:15.453 was only 0.035 seconds quicker than Raikkonen, who had topped the times in the morning as the Italian squad seemed to return to form following three unimpressive races.

American Scott Speed was a surprise third quickest for the Toro Rosso team, with his teammate Tonio Liuzzi posting the fifth fastest time of the day as the Italian squad completed their strongest performance of the year.

Championship leader Lewis Hamilton, hit by problems in the first session, had a trouble-free second practice, the McLaren driver finishing in fourth ahead of David Coulthard, who continued to show good form in the Red Bull Racing car.

Teammate Mark Webber continued to show Red Bull Racing still have work to do on the reliability side, the Australian pulling off with transmission-related problem with some 40 minutes of the session remaining.

World champion Fernando Alonso finished down in eight position. The Spaniard had a big moment near the end of the session, when he went off at the fast first corner, his car bouncing off the gravel.

The two-time champion managed to control his car and was able to return to the track. Four minutes later, Raikkonen also went off, the Finn spinning his car on the grass.

German Nick Heidfeld's session finished ahead of time after he suffered from back problems that forced him to leave his car to be treated. The BMW Sauber driver covered only 18 laps and finished down in 19th position.

Christijan Albers' session was also cut short, the Dutchman covering nine laps after seemingly damaging his car when he went off track. 

Anthony Davidson and Liuzzi starred in one of the few incident of the session, the Super Aguri driver making contact with the Toro Rosso just as he was exciting his garage.

Davidson damaged his front wing, which needed to be replaced before the Briton returned to the track.

Pos  Driver        Team                    Time               Laps
 1.  Massa         Ferrari            (B)  1:15.453            38
 2.  Raikkonen     Ferrari            (B)  1:15.488  + 0.035   28
 3.  Speed         Toro Rosso-Ferrari (B)  1:15.773  + 0.320   21
 4.  Hamilton      McLaren-Mercedes   (B)  1:15.780  + 0.327   36
 5.  Liuzzi        Toro Rosso-Ferrari (B)  1:15.952  + 0.499   40
 6.  Coulthard     Red Bull-Renault   (B)  1:15.958  + 0.505   36
 7.  Rosberg       Williams-Toyota    (B)  1:16.003  + 0.550   39
 8.  Alonso        McLaren-Mercedes   (B)  1:16.049  + 0.596   32
 9.  Davidson      Super Aguri-Honda  (B)  1:16.162  + 0.709   25
10.  R.Schumacher  Toyota             (B)  1:16.184  + 0.731   41
11.  Fisichella    Renault            (B)  1:16.205  + 0.752   43
12.  Kubica        BMW Sauber         (B)  1:16.236  + 0.783   42
13.  Wurz          Williams-Toyota    (B)  1:16.260  + 0.807   38
14.  Trulli        Toyota             (B)  1:16.285  + 0.832   46
15.  Button        Honda              (B)  1:16.395  + 0.942   43
16.  Webber        Red Bull-Renault   (B)  1:16.562  + 1.109   17
17.  Kovalainen    Renault            (B)  1:16.735  + 1.282   40
18.  Barrichello   Honda              (B)  1:16.950  + 1.497   47
19.  Heidfeld      BMW Sauber         (B)  1:16.968  + 1.515   18
20.  Sato          Super Aguri-Honda  (B)  1:17.165  + 1.712   49
21.  Sutil         Spyker-Ferrari     (B)  1:18.213  + 2.760   32
22.  Albers        Spyker-Ferrari     (B)  1:18.708  + 3.255    9
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