De la Rosa on Top, Montoya Crashes

Spaniard Pedro de la Rosa made it two from two in practice for the Spanish Grand Prix as teammate Juan Pablo Montoya suffered a disastrous crash in the closing stages of the second session

De la Rosa on Top, Montoya Crashes

McLaren test driver de la Rosa, who topped the morning session with a time of 1:15.675, went even faster in the hotter second session and finished more than a second faster than his rivals with a stunning time of 1:15.062.

His flying lap, set in the closing stages of the session, was 1.158 seconds faster than second-placed Toyota test driver Ricardo Zonta and 1.465 seconds clear of third-placed Williams driver Nick Heidfeld, the fastest race driver.

Kimi Raikkonen, McLaren's leading race driver, finished fourth 1.524 seconds off the pace of his teammate with Jarno Trulli, of Toyota, setting the fifth fastest time ahead of sixth-placed Red Bull Racing driver David Coulthard.

Giancarlo Fisichella, who completed 24 laps for Renault, finished seventh ahead of the third Toyota of Ralf Schumacher while fans' favourite Fernando Alonso and recovering McLaren driver Juan Pablo Montoya completed the top ten.


Montoya suffered a disaster in his second practice session back from injury, however, when he crashed heavily at turn nine just 30 seconds from the end of the session.

Montoya, who missed the last two races with an injured shoulder, managed just 10 laps in the session and he looked to be in pain with his left arm as he climbed away from the car.

Zonta set the early pace, as he had done in the opening session of the day, and with 30 minutes of the session gone he led the times with his lap of 1:16.220, which remained unbeaten until the closing seconds.

Christian Klien stopped out on track during the session and with 20 minutes to run Zonta was still ahead with Raikkonen closest 0.336 seconds behind and Coulthard more than half a second away in third.

Temperatures had risen from 21 degrees to 24 by the afternoon session and the grandstands around the Circuit de Catalunya were packed with Spanish fans hoping to catch a glimpse of home hero Alonso.

Alonso, who completed just two full laps in the opening session of the day, had clocked just eight laps of the circuit by the halfway point but finished with a crowd-pleasing total of 24.

Christijan Albers' running was limited, although not by choice, when his Minardi stopped on the circuit early on while Williams driver Mark Webber, who missed the first session, missed the entire second session as he sat in the garage.

Pos Driver Team Time Laps 1. de la Rosa McLaren-Mercedes (M) 1:15.062 28 2. Zonta Toyota (M) 1:16.220 + 1.158 34 3. Heidfeld Williams-BMW (M) 1:16.527 + 1.465 30 4. Raikkonen McLaren-Mercedes (M) 1:16.586 + 1.524 17 5. Trulli Toyota (M) 1:16.653 + 1.591 26 6. Coulthard Red Bull-Cosworth (M) 1:16.797 + 1.735 24 7. Fisichella Renault (M) 1:17.200 + 2.138 24 8. R.Schumacher Toyota (M) 1:17.264 + 2.202 22 9. Alonso Renault (M) 1:17.356 + 2.294 24 10. Montoya McLaren-Mercedes (M) 1:17.555 + 2.493 10 11. Barrichello Ferrari (B) 1:17.702 + 2.640 22 12. Massa Sauber-Petronas (M) 1:17.931 + 2.869 24 13. M.Schumacher Ferrari (B) 1:18.042 + 2.980 22 14. Villeneuve Sauber-Petronas (M) 1:18.336 + 3.274 27 15. Liuzzi Red Bull-Cosworth (M) 1:18.444 + 3.382 26 16. Klien Red Bull-Cosworth (M) 1:18.802 + 3.740 23 17. Karthikeyan Jordan-Toyota (B) 1:18.858 + 3.796 24 18. Doornbos Jordan-Toyota (B) 1:19.125 + 4.063 28 19. Monteiro Jordan-Toyota (B) 1:19.140 + 4.078 27 20. Albers Minardi-Cosworth (B) 1:19.581 + 4.519 17 21. Friesacher Minardi-Cosworth (B) 1:20.686 + 5.624 23 22. Webber Williams-BMW (M) No Time All timing unofficial 
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