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Alonso on Top in Practice 2 - Monaco

Renault and McLaren look set to fight for honours in this weekend's Monaco Grand Prix after Fernando Alonso narrowly pipped Alex Wurz to the fastest time of the day in second practice on Thursday. 

Championship leader Alonso set a time of 1:15.835 around the barrier-lined circuit in his Renault but finished just 0.077 seconds ahead of McLaren test driver Wurz as both teams proved they are on the pace.

The force was with David Coulthard as he drove his Star Wars-liveried Red Bull Racing machine to the third fastest time of the day, 0.349 seconds off the lead pace while Giancarlo Fisichella made it two Renaults in the top four.

Juan Pablo Montoya and Kimi Raikkonen, the two McLaren race drivers, were right behind Fisichella in fifth and sixth while Vitantonio Liuzzi finished seventh in the second Red Bull car.

Felipe Massa finished eighth fastest for Sauber, despite a crash late in the session, while Toyota pair Ralf Schumacher and Ricardo Zonta completed the top ten runners.

Minardi driver Christijan Albers made a mistake early in the session and became the first driver to hit the barriers this year, losing the rear wing in the process, when he lost control after Casino Square.

Jordan test driver Robert Doornbos also went off track at the first turn midway through the session and Christian Klien spun his Red Bull Racing car and knocked off the front wing on his car when he hit the barriers.

And Massa lost control of his Sauber heading into Sainte Devote and just missed the inside barrier but slid, tyres smoking, into the tyre barrier on the outside of the corner just two minutes from the end of the session.

Pos  Driver        Team                  Time                  Laps
 1.  Alonso        Renault           (M)  1:15.835               27
 2.  Wurz          McLaren-Mercedes  (M)  1:15.912  +    0.077   24
 3.  Coulthard     Red Bull-Cosworth (M)  1:16.184  +    0.349   21
 4.  Fisichella    Renault           (M)  1:16.519  +    0.684   32
 5.  Montoya       McLaren-Mercedes  (M)  1:16.534  +    0.699   21
 6.  Raikkonen     McLaren-Mercedes  (M)  1:16.558  +    0.723   26
 7.  Liuzzi        Red Bull-Cosworth (M)  1:16.640  +    0.805   27
 8.  Massa         Sauber-Petronas   (M)  1:16.914  +    1.079   19
 9.  R.Schumacher  Toyota            (M)  1:16.917  +    1.082   24
10.  Zonta         Toyota            (M)  1:17.046  +    1.211   35
11.  M.Schumacher  Ferrari           (B)  1:17.170  +    1.335   11
12.  Webber        Williams-BMW      (M)  1:17.422  +    1.587   30
13.  Trulli        Toyota            (M)  1:17.487  +    1.652   28
14.  Villeneuve    Sauber-Petronas   (M)  1:17.506  +    1.671   27
15.  Barrichello   Ferrari           (B)  1:17.663  +    1.828   25
16.  Heidfeld      Williams-BMW      (M)  1:17.667  +    1.832   29
17.  Klien         Red Bull-Cosworth (M)  1:18.815  +    2.980   23
18.  Doornbos      Jordan-Toyota     (B)  1:19.526  +    3.691   26
19.  Friesacher    Minardi-Cosworth  (B)  1:19.587  +    3.752   26
20.  Monteiro      Jordan-Toyota     (B)  1:20.284  +    4.449   31
21.  Karthikeyan   Jordan-Toyota     (B)  1:21.879  +    6.044   12
22.  Albers        Minardi-Cosworth  (B)  1:22.162  +    6.327   15

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