Fisichella Fastest in Practice 4 - Monaco

Renault finished on top of the pile after the final practice session for the Monaco Grand Prix when Giancarlo Fisichella finished just ahead of teammate Fernando Alonso

Fisichella Fastest in Practice 4 - Monaco

The two Renault drivers proved the class of the field but the session was stopped with minutes to go after an collision between Jacques Villeneuve, David Coulthard and Ralf Schumacher blocked the track.

Although the cars were not badly damaged the session was not restarted and Fisichella finished with a time of 1:13.988 to beat Alonso by just 0.059 seconds.

Kimi Raikkonen, in his McLaren, finished third fastest but he was 0.270 seconds off the lead time while Jarno Trulli, of Toyota, and Mark Webber, of Williams, completed the top five runners.

Ralf Schumacher managed to set the sixth fastest time before his collision and Juan Pablo Montoya, who topped the first session, finished seventh fastest with David Coulthard eighth in the lead Red Bull Racing car.

World Champion Michael Schumacher finished ninth fastest and Vitantonio Liuzzi, in the second Star Wars-liveried Red Bull Racing car, completed the top ten runners just over a second slower than the lead pace.

Raikkonen was the first driver out on track in the second session and he set the benchmark with a time of 1:16.828 but Alonso immediately beat it when he went more than half a second faster.

Montoya spun heading into the chicane just ten minutes into the session and pulled into the escape road but he was able to get going again and returned to the McLaren pits.

Raikkonen improved on Alonso's time to go top but Michael Schumacher then went 0.052 seconds faster with a lap of 1:15.633 that became the fastest time of the weekend so far.

Webber went fastest with around 25 minutes to go as he bettered Schumacher's time by 0.279 seconds then went faster still to improve by another one tenth of a second.

Schumacher went back on top with 20 minutes to go but Raikkonen then went 0.703 seconds faster than the Ferrari driver to set a time of 1:14.258 before Alonso went fastest then Fisichella snatched top spot at the end.

Christijan Albers almost caused a surprise collision when his Minardi slowed at the end of his lap. He pulled into the pit lane exit just as Vitantonio Liuzzi was coming out and narrowly missed the Red Bull car.

Felipe Massa, who failed to complete a lap in the first morning session, made it out in the second but Jordan driver Tiago Monteiro was confined to the garage for most of the second session and only set a time in the final five minutes.

The session was red flagged with two minutes to go when Villeneuve hit the back of Coulthard's car as the Red Bull Racing driver tried to pass Ralf Schumacher's Toyota on the way up the hill to Casino Square.

Villeneuve lost the nose from his Sauber while Coulthard was knocked sideways into Schumacher and the Toyota driver spun leaving three stricken cars to be craned away as the session came to a close.

Pos  Driver        Team                  Time                  Laps
 1.  Fisichella    Renault           (M)  1:13.988               18
 2.  Alonso        Renault           (M)  1:14.047  +    0.059   14
 3.  Raikkonen     McLaren-Mercedes  (M)  1:14.258  +    0.270   10
 4.  Trulli        Toyota            (M)  1:14.322  +    0.334   11
 5.  Webber        Williams-BMW      (M)  1:14.418  +    0.430   10
 6.  R.Schumacher  Toyota            (M)  1:14.459  +    0.471   10
 7.  Montoya       McLaren-Mercedes  (M)  1:14.543  +    0.555    7
 8.  Coulthard     Red Bull-Cosworth (M)  1:14.582  +    0.594   16
 9.  M.Schumacher  Ferrari           (B)  1:14.961  +    0.973   14
10.  Liuzzi        Red Bull-Cosworth (M)  1:14.998  +    1.010   16
11.  Heidfeld      Williams-BMW      (M)  1:15.196  +    1.208   10
12.  Barrichello   Ferrari           (B)  1:15.637  +    1.649    8
13.  Massa         Sauber-Petronas   (M)  1:16.123  +    2.135   17
14.  Villeneuve    Sauber-Petronas   (M)  1:16.148  +    2.160   10
15.  Friesacher    Minardi-Cosworth  (B)  1:18.506  +    4.518   12
16.  Monteiro      Jordan-Toyota     (B)  1:19.034  +    5.046    7
17.  Karthikeyan   Jordan-Toyota     (B)  1:19.606  +    5.618   10
18.  Albers        Minardi-Cosworth  (B)  1:19.700  +    5.712   10

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