Wurz fastest in practice 2 - Brazil

Austrian Alexander Wurz topped the times in Friday's second free practice session for Sunday's season-ending Brazilian Grand Prix

Wurz fastest in practice 2 - Brazil

The Williams Cosworth driver clocked a best time of 1:12.567 to wind up fastest ahead of Briton Anthony Davidson in a Honda and German Sebastian Vettel in a BMW Sauber.

World championship contenders German Michael Schumacher of Ferrari and Spaniard Fernando Alonso of Renault were sixth and 10th respectively.

Alonso will take the title if he scores a point in Sunday's race, but Schumacher could snatch it if he wins and Alonso fails to score a point.

By the afternoon, the weather had improved marginally. The circuit was still dry, the air temperature was 21 degrees Celsius and the track temperature was 30 degrees.

Again, the Ferrari and Renault teams were reluctant to join the action and in the early minutes it was Vettel in his BMW Sauber who topped the times ahead of Briton Anthony Davidson in a Honda.

Dutchman Christijan Albers, in a Spyker MF1, spun and continued at turn nine, Pinheirinho, a long 180 degrees left-hander in the most technical part of the circuit.

But it was an isolated incident on a day of little real action as the mostly-empty grandstands reflected a feeling that none of this mattered at all - only Saturday's qualifying and Sunday's race carried real meaning.

Schumacher was in the Ferrari garage following the on-track action, his wife Corinna sitting in the team's small hospitality area nearby.

After 22 minutes, Spaniard Pedro de la Rosa went top with a fast lap in his McLaren, but he was soon replaced, after 24 minutes, when Schumacher delivered his first fast timed lap.

That lifted the 37-year-old German to the top of the timesheets ahead of Davidson, who remained competitive, Italian Giancarlo Fisichella in his Renault and de la Rosa as the session approached the half-hour mark.

As the action intensified, American Scott Speed in his Toro Rosso Cosworth, then Schumacher in his Ferrari and then Fisichella made unscheduled off-track excursions, but rejoined.

Poland's Robert Kubica, in his BMW Sauber, joined the off-track drivers, but resumed safely from some exploration at Pinheirinho, where Schumacher, too, had run off.

Soon after this, with 26 minutes remaining, Vettel's name re-appeared on top of the screens ahead of Schumacher, a signal to many that this 19-year-old is the natural German successor to the seven-time champion.

By then, every car and every driver was involved for the first time and this was reflected when Alonso, at last, recorded a laptime that lifted him up to third behind the two Germans at the top.

Dutchman Robert Doornbos was the next to cause an incident when he stopped at turn 13, part of the long left-hander before the start-finish straight, causing yellow flags to wave.

Vettel's lap in 1:13.655 stood unchallenged for some time until Davidson, again, took over as the quickest man with seven minutes to go with a lap of 1:13.136.

This was the signal for a frantic final five minutes in which Davidson trimmed his time to 1:12.653 with Vettel also running rapidly before Wurz went fastest with his best lap of all.

Pos Driver Team Time Laps 1. Wurz Williams-Cosworth (B) 1:12.547 33 2. Davidson Honda (M) 1:12.653 + 0.106 37 3. Vettel BMW-Sauber (M) 1:12.870 + 0.323 33 4. Trulli Toyota (B) 1:13.483 + 0.936 21 5. Button Honda (M) 1:13.485 + 0.938 13 6. M.Schumacher Ferrari (B) 1:13.713 + 1.166 15 7. R.Schumacher Toyota (B) 1:13.765 + 1.218 22 8. Montagny Super Aguri-Honda (B) 1:13.792 + 1.245 20 9. Raikkonen McLaren-Mercedes (M) 1:13.803 + 1.256 8 10. Alonso Renault (M) 1:13.820 + 1.273 16 11. de la Rosa McLaren-Mercedes (M) 1:13.926 + 1.379 16 12. Fisichella Renault (M) 1:14.053 + 1.506 17 13. Barrichello Honda (M) 1:14.434 + 1.887 17 14. Ammermuller Red Bull-Ferrari (M) 1:14.436 + 1.889 31 15. Monteiro Spyker MF1-Toyota (B) 1:14.468 + 1.921 18 16. Kubica BMW-Sauber (M) 1:14.510 + 1.963 15 17. Massa Ferrari (B) 1:14.561 + 2.014 15 18. Heidfeld BMW-Sauber (M) 1:14.793 + 2.246 13 19. Webber Williams-Cosworth (B) 1:14.839 + 2.292 15 20. Viso Spyker MF1-Toyota (B) 1:14.972 + 2.425 26 21. Sato Super Aguri-Honda (B) 1:15.023 + 2.476 27 22. Albers Spyker MF1-Toyota (B) 1:15.086 + 2.539 21 23. Rosberg Williams-Cosworth (B) 1:15.124 + 2.577 14 24. Coulthard Red Bull-Ferrari (M) 1:15.214 + 2.667 21 25. Liuzzi Toro Rosso-Cosworth (M) 1:15.737 + 3.190 22 26. Speed Toro Rosso-Cosworth (M) 1:15.855 + 3.308 28 27. Jani Toro Rosso-Cosworth (M) 1:15.868 + 3.321 22 28. Doornbos Red Bull-Ferrari (M) 1:16.251 + 3.704 8 29. Yamamoto Super Aguri-Honda (B) 1:18.321 + 5.774 9 All Timing Unofficial 

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