Zonta Fastest in Practice 2 - Japan

Toyota test driver Ricardo Zonta finished on top of the times in second practice for Sunday's Japanese Grand Prix as rain affected the session at the Suzuka circuit on Friday afternoon

Zonta Fastest in Practice 2 - Japan

Overcast clouds had threatened all morning but it was not until midway through the session that the rain began to fall and made Brazilian Zonta's time of 1:30.682 untouchable.

Outgoing World Champion Michael Schumacher, who has won four of the last five races in Japan, finished second fastest for Ferrari but his lofty position may have been assisted by the rain.

Pedro de la Rosa, who had topped the morning session for McLaren, finished third fastest with Rubens Barrichello making it two Ferraris in the top four and Kimi Raikkonen, with a fresh engine after first practice, completing the top five.

Toyota race drivers Ralf Schumacher and Jarno Trulli finished sixth and seventh with new World Champion Fernando Alonso down in eighth place in the leading Renault car, his teammate Giancarlo Fisichella down in 14th.

Jenson Button finished ninth fastest for BAR-Honda and Mark Webber completed the top ten runners in his Williams while Juan Pablo Montoya finished a surprising 22nd in his McLaren after just five laps.

Zonta led the way in the opening 20 minutes when he put himself one-and-a-half seconds clear of closest challenger de la Rosa but Michael Schumacher cut the gap to 1.034 seconds when he moved into second place.

Red Bull Racing test driver Vitantonio Liuzzi went off track at turn 17 after 13 minutes but there was little other incident until the rain began to fall around the circuit with 20 minutes left to run.

Outgoing World Champion Schumacher was caught out by the rain, which had been predicted to fall, and went straight on across the run-off area at turn 14 with 15 minutes of the session remaining.

Pos Driver Team Time Laps 1. Zonta Toyota (M) 1:30.682 21 2. M.Schumacher Ferrari (B) 1:31.716 + 1.034 16 3. de la Rosa McLaren-Mercedes (M) 1:31.821 + 1.139 28 4. Barrichello Ferrari (B) 1:32.267 + 1.585 15 5. Raikkonen McLaren-Mercedes (M) 1:32.849 + 2.167 13 6. R.Schumacher Toyota (M) 1:32.917 + 2.235 13 7. Trulli Toyota (M) 1:33.122 + 2.440 13 8. Alonso Renault (M) 1:33.259 + 2.577 7 9. Button BAR-Honda (M) 1:33.453 + 2.771 20 10. Webber Williams-BMW (M) 1:33.520 + 2.838 14 11. Coulthard Red Bull-Cosworth (M) 1:33.563 + 2.881 11 12. Pizzonia Williams-BMW (M) 1:33.679 + 2.997 14 13. Sato BAR-Honda (M) 1:34.330 + 3.648 16 14. Fisichella Renault (M) 1:34.400 + 3.718 7 15. Massa Sauber-Petronas (M) 1:34.421 + 3.739 17 16. Klien Red Bull-Cosworth (M) 1:34.707 + 4.025 12 17. Yamamoto Jordan-Toyota (B) 1:34.829 + 4.147 19 18. Villeneuve Sauber-Petronas (M) 1:34.874 + 4.192 18 19. Liuzzi Red Bull-Cosworth (M) 1:34.977 + 4.295 7 20. Doornbos Minardi-Cosworth (B) 1:35.150 + 4.468 8 21. Monteiro Jordan-Toyota (B) 1:35.388 + 4.706 12 22. Montoya McLaren-Mercedes (M) 1:37.371 + 6.689 5 23. Albers Minardi-Cosworth (B) 1:37.626 + 6.944 7 24. Karthikeyan Jordan-Toyota (B) 1:38.034 + 7.352 7 All timing unofficial 
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