De la Rosa Fastest in Practice 2 - Britain

Pedro de la Rosa reinforced claims that McLaren are favourites for victory in Sunday's British Grand Prix when he shot to the top of the times with seconds to run in Friday's second practice session

De la Rosa Fastest in Practice 2 - Britain

McLaren had dominated the session, setting the three fastest times by the halfway point, but Toyota test driver Ricardo Zonta snuck ahead with ten minutes to run before de la Rosa stamped his team's authority on the times once again.

De la Rosa's time of 1:18.530 put him 0.434 seconds ahead of Toyota test driver Ricardo Zonta while McLaren race drivers Juan Pablo Montoya, of Colombia, and Finn Kimi Raikkonen, finished third and fourth.

Toyota pair Ralf Schumacher and Jarno Trulli finished fifth and sixth as the Germany-based team also showed strong form, while Alonso, who has won five times this year, was down in seventh place.

Renault's concerns about their form was vindicated by Alonso's time while Giancarlo Fisichella also struggled and finished down in a disappointing 13th place.

Red Bull Racing saw test driver Vitantonio Liuzzi and racer David Coulthard finish eighth and ninth with World Champion Michael Schumacher down in tenth in the leading Ferrari.

Home favourite Jenson Button, who finished third fastest behind de la Rosa and Zonta in the morning session, failed to find his form and could only manage 11th fastest time for BAR-Honda.

Christian Klien went off track twice within two laps at the exit of Chapel then Jacques Villeneuve struck problems at the same corner and spun his Sauber and Jarno Trulli made a mistake in the complex and spun.

By the halfway point Raikkonen led the field but he was then overtaken at the top by Montoya with de la Rosa completing a McLaren one-two-three as the British team showed they are the ones to beat.

Klien made another mistake at Chapel towards the end of the session and with 10 minutes to go Zonta stepped up the pace to go top then improved his own time to set the fastest lap of the day before de la Rosa moved back ahead.

Pos Driver Team Time Laps 1. de la Rosa McLaren-Mercedes (M) 1:18.530 37 2. Zonta Toyota (M) 1:18.964 + 0.434 31 3. Montoya McLaren-Mercedes (M) 1:20.252 + 1.722 17 4. Raikkonen McLaren-Mercedes (M) 1:20.384 + 1.854 15 5. R.Schumacher Toyota (M) 1:20.602 + 2.072 23 6. Trulli Toyota (M) 1:20.816 + 2.286 27 7. Alonso Renault (M) 1:20.990 + 2.460 21 8. Liuzzi Red Bull-Cosworth (M) 1:21.004 + 2.474 33 9. Coulthard Red Bull-Cosworth (M) 1:21.034 + 2.504 19 10. M.Schumacher Ferrari (B) 1:21.044 + 2.514 21 11. Button BAR-Honda (M) 1:21.186 + 2.656 28 12. Webber Williams-BMW (M) 1:21.235 + 2.705 20 13. Fisichella Renault (M) 1:21.279 + 2.749 15 14. Klien Red Bull-Cosworth (M) 1:21.323 + 2.793 21 15. Barrichello Ferrari (B) 1:21.519 + 2.989 21 16. Massa Sauber-Petronas (M) 1:21.577 + 3.047 28 17. Villeneuve Sauber-Petronas (M) 1:22.180 + 3.650 19 18. Heidfeld Williams-BMW (M) 1:22.500 + 3.970 19 19. Sato BAR-Honda (M) 1:22.795 + 4.265 12 20. Doornbos Jordan-Toyota (B) 1:22.812 + 4.282 20 21. Albers Minardi-Cosworth (B) 1:23.390 + 4.860 22 22. Monteiro Jordan-Toyota (B) 1:23.629 + 5.099 22 23. Karthikeyan Jordan-Toyota (B) 1:23.891 + 5.361 26 24. Friesacher Minardi-Cosworth (B) 1:24.594 + 6.064 21 All timing unofficial 
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