McLaren Dominate Practice 2 - France

Kimi Raikkonen's Championship hopes were dampened on Friday afternoon when he suffered an apparent engine failure on his McLaren as the team dominated the second practice session for the French Grand Prix.

Finn Raikkonen failed to complete a lap after grinding to a halt early in the second session and he will be forced to drop ten places on the grid if the team have to replace his engine following the incident.

It was a session of mixed fortunes for McLaren, however, as they displayed their competitiveness when test driver Pedro de la Rosa led racer Juan Pablo Montoya in a one-two at the top of the timesheets.

De la Rosa's time of 1:14.460, just three tenths faster than his morning session-topping time, put him 0.669 seconds ahead of Montoya with World Champion Michael Schumacher showing good form to finish best of the rest in third.

Schumacher, who won the last race in the United States with a competition of just five other drivers, is confident of fighting hard with a full grid and finished just 0.744 seconds off the top spot.

Fernando Alonso and Giancarlo Fisichella put the newly-liveried Renault up into fourth and fifth spots respectively while Frenchman Olivier Panis thrilled the home crowd with sixth fastest time for Toyota.

Rubens Barrichello claimed seventh in the second Ferrari, 1.145 seconds off the lead pace, with Toyota duo Jarno Trulli and Ralf Schumacher, back after his crash in Indianapolis, claiming eighth and ninth respectively.

David Coulthard completed the top ten runners in his Red Bull Racing machine while Jenson Button was down in a disappointing 12th place and Williams pair Mark Webber and Nick Heidfeld were 16th and 17th.

The session began in increased temperatures of 24 degrees with the sun continuing to shine down on the Magny-Cours circuit but things went wrong very soon for Raikkonen, who stopped on track after the failure in the second sector.

Christian Klien then suffered an off when he made a mistake at the exit of the chicane and hit the barriers at high speed but was able to walk away of his damaged Red Bull machine.

Fisichella then spun at the final chicane, late in the session, after making a mistake heading into the corner and spinning out backwards onto the grass but continued back to the pits.

De la Rosa finished fastest in the opening practice session with a time of 1:14.778 that put him 0.405 seconds ahead of second-placed Alonso with the second Renault of Giancarlo Fisichella just 0.072 seconds further back in third.

Pos Driver Team Time Laps 1. de la Rosa McLaren-Mercedes (M) 1:14.460 35 2. Montoya McLaren-Mercedes (M) 1:15.129 + 0.669 21 3. M.Schumacher Ferrari (B) 1:15.204 + 0.744 24 4. Alonso Renault (M) 1:15.242 + 0.782 23 5. Fisichella Renault (M) 1:15.380 + 0.920 27 6. Panis Toyota (M) 1:15.483 + 1.023 37 7. Barrichello Ferrari (B) 1:15.605 + 1.145 27 8. Trulli Toyota (M) 1:15.774 + 1.314 24 9. R.Schumacher Toyota (M) 1:15.925 + 1.465 24 10. Coulthard Red Bull-Cosworth (M) 1:16.371 + 1.911 26 11. Villeneuve Sauber-Petronas (M) 1:16.430 + 1.970 25 12. Button BAR-Honda (M) 1:16.597 + 2.137 29 13. Massa Sauber-Petronas (M) 1:16.753 + 2.293 27 14. Sato BAR-Honda (M) 1:16.890 + 2.430 28 15. Liuzzi Red Bull-Cosworth (M) 1:16.987 + 2.527 25 16. Webber Williams-BMW (M) 1:17.107 + 2.647 27 17. Heidfeld Williams-BMW (M) 1:17.192 + 2.732 28 18. Doornbos Jordan-Toyota (B) 1:17.574 + 3.114 25 19. Karthikeyan Jordan-Toyota (B) 1:17.790 + 3.330 23 20. Albers Minardi-Cosworth (B) 1:18.508 + 4.048 14 21. Friesacher Minardi-Cosworth (B) 1:18.814 + 4.354 25 22. Klien Red Bull-Cosworth (M) 1:18.897 + 4.437 5 23. Monteiro Jordan-Toyota (B) 1:19.186 + 4.726 18 24. Raikkonen McLaren-Mercedes (M) No Time 2 All timing unofficial 
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