Montoya Stays Ahead in Practice 2 - US

Montoya Stays Ahead in Practice 2 - US

McLaren dominated Friday's second practice for the United States Grand Prix after the session was red flagged when Ralf Schumacher crashed into the same corner he hit in last year's race.

Juan Pablo Montoya followed up his session-topping time in the morning session with a lap of 1:11.118 that made him the fastest driver of the day by 0.110 seconds from teammate Kimi Raikkonen.

The McLaren duo, who tipped themselves to do well around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, were clear at the front with Ferrari, whose driver Rubens Barrichello set the third fastest time of 1:11.746, their closest rivals.

World Champion Michael Schumacher, who finished second behind Raikkonen at the last race in Canada, made it a good day for Ferrari as he set the fourth fastest time of the session.

Nick Heidfeld finished fifth for Williams, his teammate Mark Webber finishing down in 13th place despite completing a total of 24 laps, and David Coulthard made it into sixth place for Red Bull Racing.

Test driver Pedro de la Rosa, usually the fastest of the McLaren drivers, finished seventh while American driver Scott Speed made the most of his chance to test in front of his home crowd when he finished eighth for Red Bull.

Renault driver Fernando Alonso finished a lowly ninth fastest, two places ahead of teammate Giancarlo Fisichella, with Jarno Trulli completing the top ten in what was a difficult session for his Toyota team.

The session was marred when Ralf Schumacher crashed into the wall after just 13 minutes when the rear end of his Toyota suddenly snapped away on entry and he was spun into the barriers at high speed on his first flying lap.

McLaren had hit the pace immediately to put their three cars in the top three positions with ten minutes gone as Raikkonen led Montoya with De la Rosa, who suffered problems in the morning session, in third.

Toyota test driver Ricardo Zonta lost control at turn six and managed only six laps in the session while Felipe Massa had a minor spin in his Sauber but was able to return to the pits before Ralf had his accident.

The session was halted for 21 minutes while the Toyota was craned away and the track was cleared of debris, which included a driveshaft and many shards of carbon fibre.

Coulthard, who had moved into third, then spun at the end of the main straight under braking for turn one but completed a 360-degree rotation and drove down the escape road.

Raikkonen was forced to take to the escape road after missing his braking point at turn one, Schumacher went across the grass at turn 11, Barrichello went off at turn one and Narain Karthikeyan went off in his Jordan at turn eight.

Montoya and Raikkonen traded places at the front with Ferrari pair Barrichello and Schumacher around half a second behind them in third and fourth respectively with ten minutes remaining.

Jordan's Tiago Monteiro and Karthikeyan, again, both suffered spins at turn eight and Renault driver Giancarlo Fisichella went off at the first corner as he pushed for an improved time in the final minutes.

Pos Driver Team Time Laps 1. Montoya McLaren-Mercedes (M) 1:11.118 21 2. Raikkonen McLaren-Mercedes (M) 1:11.228 + 0.110 24 3. Barrichello Ferrari (B) 1:11.746 + 0.628 22 4. M.Schumacher Ferrari (B) 1:11.758 + 0.640 22 5. Heidfeld Williams-BMW (M) 1:11.825 + 0.707 24 6. Coulthard Red Bull-Cosworth (M) 1:12.076 + 0.958 9 7. de la Rosa McLaren-Mercedes (M) 1:12.119 + 1.001 37 8. Speed Red Bull-Cosworth (M) 1:12.143 + 1.025 34 9. Alonso Renault (M) 1:12.265 + 1.147 28 10. Trulli Toyota (M) 1:12.344 + 1.226 10 11. Fisichella Renault (M) 1:12.384 + 1.266 29 12. Massa Sauber-Petronas (M) 1:12.464 + 1.346 25 13. Webber Williams-BMW (M) 1:12.578 + 1.460 24 14. Klien Red Bull-Cosworth (M) 1:12.664 + 1.546 20 15. Button BAR-Honda (M) 1:12.803 + 1.685 24 16. Sato BAR-Honda (M) 1:13.037 + 1.919 26 17. Villeneuve Sauber-Petronas (M) 1:13.079 + 1.961 23 18. Doornbos Jordan-Toyota (B) 1:13.361 + 2.243 36 19. Zonta Toyota (M) 1:13.567 + 2.449 6 20. Friesacher Minardi-Cosworth (B) 1:13.783 + 2.665 16 21. Albers Minardi-Cosworth (B) 1:13.963 + 2.845 24 22. Karthikeyan Jordan-Toyota (B) 1:14.008 + 2.890 31 23. Monteiro Jordan-Toyota (B) 1:14.336 + 3.218 35 24. R.Schumacher Toyota (M) No Time 2 All timing unofficial 
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