Wurz Stays on Top in Practice 2 - Brazil

McLaren test driver Alexander Wurz put in a late lap to claim a double top in practice for the Brazilian Grand Prix when he finished fastest in the second session on Friday

Wurz Stays on Top in Practice 2 - Brazil

Wurz, who had set the fastest time of the day in the morning session, failed to improve on his previous time but his lap of 1:12.083 was fast enough to put him ahead of a South American quad.

Wurz's teammate Juan Pablo Montoya had to settle for second while Toyota test driver Ricardo Zonta, in third, headed a trio of Brazilians ahead of Sauber's Felipe Massa in fourth and the Ferrari of Rubens Barrichello in fifth.

Finn Kimi Raikkonen, who must win to maintain any hope of catching title race leader Fernando Alonso, finished sixth fastest for McLaren with Jacques Villeneuve seventh in the second Sauber.

World Champion Michael Schumacher finished eighth fastest, despite a spin, while Italian Jarno Trulli set the ninth fastest time for Toyota and Giancarlo Fisichella finished out the top ten in his Renault.

Alonso, who is expecting to benefit from improvements to his Renault this weekend, finished down in 11th place while the lead BAR-Honda car of Briton Jenson Button, who also brought in improvements, finished down in 17th place.

Schumacher made a mistake at turn seven and spun his Ferrari after just eight minutes but he was able to continue and then made himself the early session leader with a lap of 1:13.205.

Massa moved ahead with half the session remaining then the usual suspects began to step up the pace as Montoya moved ahead with a lap of 1:12.694, still almost a second slower than the morning's fastest time.

Christian Klien had a big crash in his Red Bull Racing machine, heavily damaging the rear of his car after he spun backwards into the barriers at turn nine and causing yellow flags to come out while the car was craned away.

Jordan test driver Nicolas Kiesa also made a mistake and spun off and Mark Webber spun his Williams at turn four on another trying day for the Australian and his men from Grove.

It looked all set to be a good day for South America with six minutes to go as drivers from the home continent filled the first four places with Colombian Montoya ahead of Brazilians Zonta, Massa and Barrichello.

Pos Driver Team Time Laps 1. Wurz McLaren-Mercedes (M) 1:12.083 38 2. Montoya McLaren-Mercedes (M) 1:12.694 + 0.611 13 3. Zonta Toyota (M) 1:12.706 + 0.623 36 4. Massa Sauber-Petronas (M) 1:12.710 + 0.627 28 5. Barrichello Ferrari (B) 1:13.088 + 1.005 21 6. Raikkonen McLaren-Mercedes (M) 1:13.172 + 1.089 18 7. Villeneuve Sauber-Petronas (M) 1:13.202 + 1.119 21 8. M.Schumacher Ferrari (B) 1:13.205 + 1.122 24 9. Trulli Toyota (M) 1:13.493 + 1.410 26 10. Fisichella Renault (M) 1:13.518 + 1.435 29 11. Alonso Renault (M) 1:13.545 + 1.462 29 12. Webber Williams-BMW (M) 1:13.650 + 1.567 18 13. Pizzonia Williams-BMW (M) 1:13.828 + 1.745 19 14. Doornbos Minardi-Cosworth (B) 1:13.922 + 1.839 28 15. Coulthard Red Bull-Cosworth (M) 1:14.006 + 1.923 22 16. Liuzzi Red Bull-Cosworth (M) 1:14.141 + 2.058 29 17. Button BAR-Honda (M) 1:14.189 + 2.106 26 18. R.Schumacher Toyota (M) 1:14.427 + 2.344 20 19. Albers Minardi-Cosworth (B) 1:14.563 + 2.480 23 20. Sato BAR-Honda (M) 1:14.584 + 2.501 27 21. Monteiro Jordan-Toyota (B) 1:14.671 + 2.588 22 22. Klien Red Bull-Cosworth (M) 1:14.698 + 2.615 7 23. Kiesa Jordan-Toyota (B) 1:15.094 + 3.011 25 24. Karthikeyan Jordan-Toyota (B) 1:15.187 + 3.104 19 All timing unofficial 
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