McLaren on Top in Practice 4 - Italy

McLaren duo Kimi Raikkonen and Juan Pablo Montoya made their mark at Monza when they secured the top two times in the final practice session ahead of Saturday's qualifying for the Italian Grand Prix

McLaren on Top in Practice 4 - Italy

McLaren have been on the pace all weekend and Raikkonen set a time of 1:20.916 to lead the session and finish 0.402 seconds ahead of Montoya as the teams completed their final race preparations.

BAR-Honda driver Takuma Sato was the best of the rest, finishing 0.483 seconds behind Raikkonen, with Championship leader Fernando Alonso 0.632 seconds back in fourth.

Home driver Jarno Trulli, of Toyota, secured the fifth fastest time with Italian Giancarlo Fisichella sixth, just more than four tenths behind his Renault teammate Alonso.

Australian Mark Webber continued Williams' strong form at the low-downforce circuit with seventh place but his injured teammate Nick Heidfeld's replacement Antonio Pizzonia could only manage 15th.

The Red Bull drivers David Coulthard and Christian Klien finished eighth and ninth and World Champion Michael Schumacher could not match his second-placed first practice finish and ended tenth.

Schumacher made a mistake that saw him clatter across the gravel then Dutch Minardi driver Christijan Albers was a late spinner when he rotated his car in the final sector

But Narain Karthikeyan was fortunate to escape when he spun at the Variante della Roggia in his Jordan and crashed sideways into the tyre wall.

Pos Driver Team Time Laps 1. Raikkonen McLaren-Mercedes (M) 1:20.916 8 2. Montoya McLaren-Mercedes (M) 1:21.318 + 0.402 10 3. Sato BAR-Honda (M) 1:21.399 + 0.483 13 4. Alonso Renault (M) 1:21.548 + 0.632 13 5. Trulli Toyota (M) 1:21.884 + 0.968 14 6. Fisichella Renault (M) 1:21.951 + 1.035 12 7. Webber Williams-BMW (M) 1:22.066 + 1.150 7 8. Coulthard Red Bull-Cosworth (M) 1:22.291 + 1.375 16 9. Klien Red Bull-Cosworth (M) 1:22.345 + 1.429 12 10. M.Schumacher Ferrari (B) 1:22.395 + 1.479 14 11. Barrichello Ferrari (B) 1:22.437 + 1.521 13 12. Button BAR-Honda (M) 1:22.558 + 1.642 13 13. Villeneuve Sauber-Petronas (M) 1:22.701 + 1.785 12 14. R.Schumacher Toyota (M) 1:22.710 + 1.794 11 15. Pizzonia Williams-BMW (M) 1:22.823 + 1.907 10 16. Massa Sauber-Petronas (M) 1:23.389 + 2.473 12 17. Monteiro Jordan-Toyota (B) 1:23.472 + 2.556 15 18. Doornbos Minardi-Cosworth (B) 1:23.676 + 2.760 14 19. Albers Minardi-Cosworth (B) 1:24.104 + 3.188 12 20. Karthikeyan Jordan-Toyota (B) 1:24.772 + 3.856 11 All timing unofficial 
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