Trulli Fastest in Practice 4 - Malaysia

Jarno Trulli put Toyota on top of the timesheets in the final practice session for the Malaysian Grand Prix, when he set the fastest time of the weekend ahead of Saturday's first qualifying session

Trulli Fastest in Practice 4 - Malaysia

Italian Trulli set a time of 1:32.832 to finish 0.038 seconds ahead of Austrian Red Bull Racing driver Christian Klien as the lead contenders took second stage in Sepang on Saturday morning.

Spaniard Fernando Alonso finished third fastest, just 0.010 off the pace of Klien, with Ralf Schumacher fourth fastest to ensure Toyota had their two cars in the top four runners.

Scot David Coulthard made it a good morning for Red Bull when he finished fifth fastest just ahead of Australian Grand Prix winner Giancarlo Fisichella, who finished sixth for Renault.

Finn Kimi Raikkonen finished seventh for McLaren with Williams duo Nick Heidfeld and Mark Webber finishing close together in eighth and ninth places respectively.

World Champion Michael Schumacher finished down in 16th place; Anthony Davidson, who replaces ill BAR driver Takuma Sato this weekend, finished in 10th place while his teammate Jenson Button failed to set a time.

Ralf Schumacher was the first to set a time in the session with a lap of 1:35.301 but he was immediately beaten by Kimi Raikkonen then his teammate Trulli pushed him down to third.

Coulthard made a mistake and went off at turn 11 after 14 minutes, the same turn that claimed Rubens Barrichello on Friday, and Alonso topped the times as temperatures rose to 32 degrees Celsius halfway through the session.

Schumacher stepped up the pace to move ahead with a lap 0.210 seconds faster than Alonso's but the session was stopped when Fisichella, winner in Australia, spun off after 16 minutes at turns 12 and 13.

The Italian driver lost control on a flying lap, ran wide and bumped over the kerbs and into the gravel trap. He lost his front wing in the process and had to abandon his car and sit out the rest of the session.

The session restarted after a break of six minutes but Briton Button was notable by his absence as the team were seen inspecting the car after smoke was emitted from his engine at the end of the first session.

Raikkonen moved to the top soon after the restart but Trulli moved ahead with 20 minutes of the session completed with a time more than a second faster than the previous best of the weekend.

Villeneuve had an off at the final corner with 27 minutes gone but he was able to continue and headed straight back down the pitlane then Heidfeld went off at turn two and also returned to the pits.

Klien then moved up to second place behind Trulli while Heidfeld and Juan Pablo Montoya, who eventually finished 11th for McLaren, both spun in the dying stages of the session.

Pos Driver Team Time Laps 1. Trulli Toyota (M) 1:32.832 12 2. Klien Red Bull-Cosworth (M) 1:32.870 + 0.038 9 3. Alonso Renault (M) 1:32.880 + 0.048 11 4. R.Schumacher Toyota (M) 1:32.951 + 0.119 11 5. Coulthard Red Bull-Cosworth (M) 1:33.092 + 0.260 10 6. Fisichella Renault (M) 1:33.194 + 0.362 8 7. Raikkonen McLaren-Mercedes (M) 1:33.349 + 0.517 12 8. Heidfeld Williams-BMW (M) 1:33.468 + 0.636 5 9. Webber Williams-BMW (M) 1:33.517 + 0.685 10 10. Davidson BAR-Honda (M) 1:33.580 + 0.748 15 11. Montoya McLaren-Mercedes (M) 1:33.689 + 0.857 10 12. Barrichello Ferrari (B) 1:33.943 + 1.111 11 13. Massa Sauber-Petronas (M) 1:34.002 + 1.170 10 14. M.Schumacher Ferrari (B) 1:34.102 + 1.270 10 15. Villeneuve Sauber-Petronas (M) 1:35.532 + 2.700 9 16. Monteiro Jordan-Toyota (B) 1:37.824 + 4.992 10 17. Karthikeyan Jordan-Toyota (B) 1:38.126 + 5.294 8 18. Albers Minardi-Cosworth (B) 1:38.673 + 5.841 12 19. Friesacher Minardi-Cosworth (B) 1:38.974 + 6.142 12 20. Button BAR-Honda (M) No Time All timing unofficial 
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