McLaren test driver Alex Wurz completed a session-topping double when he finished fastest in Friday's second practice for the European Grand Prix with a flying lap in the closing seconds of the session
Nick Heidfeld had held the top time for most of the session but Wurz, who also topped the morning session, finished on a time of 1:30.623 and Toyota test driver Ricardo Zonta finished seven thousandths of a second in second.
Heidfeld had to settle for third ahead of fourth-placed Juan Pablo Montoya, who finished just ahead of McLaren teammate Kimi Raikkonen, while Mark Webber finished sixth in the second Williams.
Rubens Barrichello was the lead Ferrari in seventh with Renault duo Fernando Alonso and Giancarlo Fisichella eighth and ninth and Ralf Schumacher completing the top ten for Toyota.
Michael Schumacher completed only five laps in the session and had to settle for 13th fastest time and BAR-Honda pair Takuma Sato and Jenson Button only managed 15th and 16th fastest times respectively on their return from a two-race ban.
Temperatures had reached 30 degrees by the time the cars came out for the second session of the day and Renault duo Alonso and Fisichella were out quickly after sitting in the garage for the whole of the first session.
Button also ventured out to set his first flying lap of the weekend and Sato hit the track after 16 minutes to complete the team's return to the track as Williams duo Heidfeld and Webber sat in the top two positions.
Tiago Monteiro spun his Jordan at turn two early in the session and Christian Klien was lucky to avoid the gravel trap when he lost control of his Red Bull Racing machine and slid across the kerbs at turn five.
Webber then beached his Williams after spinning backwards into the gravel trap at turn 11 and was forced to climb out and watch his car being craned away then Heidfeld's car stopped out on track at turn 14.
Franck Montagny spun his Jordan at turn two then Raikkonen posted a lap to split the two Williams drivers at the top and Montoya bettered his time but could not go faster than Heidfeld.
Barrichello went off track at turn one then Narain Karthikeyan became the third Jordan driver to spin when he lost control at turn 11 and ran through the gravel trap before stopping on the grass.
Heidfeld's time remained unbeatable as the session came to a close and after Karthikeyan's car was towed away Vitantonio Liuzzi was pushed off the circuit at turn 13 when his Red Bull machine slowed and stopped.
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