Prac 2: Kimi's warning shot

McLaren's Kimi Raikkonen has given the first indication that Ferrari may not have it all its own way on home territory this weekend when he set the fastest time in the second free practice session for the Italian Grand Prix

Prac 2: Kimi's warning shot

The Belgian Grand Prix winner's time of 1m20.846s was some three tenths slower than Michael Schumacher's best overall time from the first session, but more than seven tenths quicker than he himself managed in the morning.

Rubens Barrichello was second fastest, 0.053s slower than Raikkonen, as Ferrari switched to full-tank running now that there is more rubber on the track. The world champion ended the afternoon hour third, 0.234s off Raikkonen's time.

Britain's Jenson Button wasn't far off the pace today either. The BAR-Honda star only completed five laps (one timed) during the morning hour, but found another eight tenths of a second in during this afternoon to end the session 0.278s off the pace. Maybe it will be a close race after all.

Antonio Pizzonia, was the only man to crash today. The Brazilian went off at the Parabolica with 13 minutes of the session remaining. It's unclear what caused the Brazilian to lose control of his FW26, but he skated across the gravel backwards and into the wall, tearing off the right rear corner from his Williams. He was uninjured and still claimed fifth fastest time of the session.

Takuma Sato set the pace for much of the first half of the hour before fading to sixth, just ahead of Juan Pablo Montoya in the second Williams. The Colombian notably slower than his team-mate all day.

Anthony Davidson ended the day, not surprisingly, as fastest test driver in eighth ahead of Renault's Fernando Alonso and McLaren's David Coulthard (a whopping 1.2s slower than his team-mate).

Jarno Trulli ran over the kerbs at the first chicane en route to 11th. Toyota's Ryan Briscoe was 12th, while behind him was Felipe Massa, another to clatter the kerbs in his Sauber.

Ricardo Zonta was next in the first of the race Toyotas ahead of Sauber's Giancarlo Fisichella, Jordan tester Timo Glock, Jaguar's Mark Webber and the final Toyota of Olivier Panis.

Jaguar's test driver Bjorn Wirdheim outpaced the team's second driver Christian Klien to place 19th ahead of Giorgio Pantano's Jordan (21st). Bas Leinders led the trio of Minardis, Zsolt Baumgartner once again outpacing Gianmaria Bruni. Nick Heidfeld didn't manage a time, the German pulling his smoky Jordan off the road at the beginning of the session.

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