De la Rosa Fastest in Practice 2 - China

Pedro de la Rosa handed McLaren a double top in practice for the Chinese Grand Prix when he improved on his session-topping time in Friday morning practice with the fastest time in the second session

De la Rosa Fastest in Practice 2 - China

Spaniard de la Rosa finished with a time of 1:32.834 seconds to finish 0.143 seconds ahead of Toyota test driver Ricardo Zonta in an incident-filled session run in temperatures of 24 degrees Celsius in foggy conditions.

Season-long front-runners Kimi Raikkonen and Fernando Alonso were third and fourth for McLaren and Renault respectively with Juan Pablo Montoya making it three McLarens in the top five when he finished 1.707 seconds off the pace.

Rubens Barrichello was the fastest Ferrari in sixth place with Giancarlo Fisichella seventh in the second Renault and Mark Webber an encouraging eighth in his Williams.

Jenson Button finished ninth fastest in his 555-liveried BAR-Honda and Felipe Massa, in his last race for Sauber before joining Ferrari, completed the top ten runners with a time 2.362 seconds off the pace.

Christian Klien made a mistake at turn 16 and went off track in his Red Bull within the first 10 minutes and Antonio Pizzonia also went off when the right rear suspension on his Williams appeared to fail.

Alonso and Ralf Schumacher, Nicolas Kiesa and David Coulthard all went off track at turn two before during the middle of the session and Takuma Sato made a mistake at turn 14 which ended in an off-track excursion.

Klien went off at turn 14 but his car had suffered a right rear puncture and he limped back to the pits then Trulli's Toyota stopped out on the circuit at turn five and Ralf Schumacher went straight on at turn 14.

Brazilian Zonta lead the field heading into the final ten minutes of the session with Raikkonen one second behind him in second and Alonso just two tenths further back in third before de la Rosa's late run topped the times.

Pos  Driver         Team                  Time                  Laps
 1.  de la Rosa    McLaren-Mercedes  (M)  1:32.834               30
 2.  Zonta         Toyota            (M)  1:32.977  +    0.143   29
 3.  Raikkonen     McLaren-Mercedes  (M)  1:34.092  +    1.258   14
 4.  Alonso        Renault           (M)  1:34.226  +    1.392   24
 5.  Montoya       McLaren-Mercedes  (M)  1:34.541  +    1.707   16
 6.  Barrichello   Ferrari           (B)  1:34.618  +    1.784   24
 7.  Fisichella    Renault           (M)  1:34.932  +    2.098   28
 8.  Webber        Williams-BMW      (M)  1:35.035  +    2.201   24
 9.  Button        BAR-Honda         (M)  1:35.072  +    2.238   25
10.  Massa         Sauber-Petronas   (M)  1:35.196  +    2.362   26
11.  Coulthard     Red Bull-Cosworth (M)  1:35.201  +    2.367   19
12.  Liuzzi        Red Bull-Cosworth (M)  1:35.306  +    2.472   26
13.  Sato          BAR-Honda         (M)  1:35.397  +    2.563   24
14.  M.Schumacher  Ferrari           (B)  1:35.567  +    2.733   24
15.  Klien         Red Bull-Cosworth (M)  1:35.613  +    2.779   19
16.  Pizzonia      Williams-BMW      (M)  1:35.709  +    2.875   13
17.  Villeneuve    Sauber-Petronas   (M)  1:35.894  +    3.060   21
18.  R.Schumacher  Toyota            (M)  1:36.051  +    3.217   20
19.  Trulli        Toyota            (M)  1:36.079  +    3.245   26
20.  Kiesa         Jordan-Toyota     (B)  1:36.644  +    3.810   25
21.  Doornbos      Minardi-Cosworth  (B)  1:36.993  +    4.159   22
22.  Albers        Minardi-Cosworth  (B)  1:37.173  +    4.339   21
23.  Monteiro      Jordan-Toyota     (B)  1:37.435  +    4.601   11
24.  Karthikeyan   Jordan-Toyota     (B)  1:37.467  +    4.633   18

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