Rubens Barrichello continues to set the pace at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, using his Ferrari to lead all comers again in second practice for Sunday's United States Grand Prix over the 2.605-mile road course incorporating the famed Brickyard ...
Rubens Barrichello continues to set the pace at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, using his Ferrari to lead all comers again in second practice for Sunday's United States Grand Prix over the 2.605-mile road course incorporating the famed Brickyard oval.
In a session once again impacted by a red flag -- this one for a collision between the Lucky Strike BAR-Honda of Takuma Sato and Felipe Massa's Sauber Petronas at Turn 1 -- Barrichello set the best lap of 1:10.365 on his 17th of 24 total laps with 19 minutes remaining in the session.
Anthony Davidson was second in the Lucky Strike BAR Honda (after placing third this morning) with a lap of 1:10.967 on his 24th of 42 laps, a full 0.602 seconds behind the Brazilian, who looked like he was trying extremely hard throughout the session. Juan Pablo Montoya took third in the BMW Williams at 1:10.982, a time that stood as the fastest lap for nearly 20 minutes.
Michael Schumacher never showed the speed of his teammate this afternoon, spinning backward in Turn 11 and nearly landing in the kitty litter. He ended up fourth at 1:11.036 while Jenson Button earned fifth in the Lucky Strike BAR Honda at 1:11.230, later spinning and continuing at Turn 2. Button was the final driver within one second of Barrichello.
Just nine minutes into the session, Ralf Schumacher spun at Turn 7 in the BMW Williams but was able to return to the pits and took fifth place with his lap of 1:11.530, even while executing a second spin at 2:38PM in Turn 8.
Former CART champion Cristiano da Matta was sixth in the Panasonic Toyota at 1:11.893, followed by teammate Olivier Panis, 1:11.994, who marks the 150-race milestone on Sunday. In turn, the third Panasonic Toyota driver, Ricardo Zonta was ninth at 1:12.019 while Kimi Raikkonen finished tenth in the West McLaren Mercedes at 1:12.197.
Raikkonen's teammate David Coulthard had a difficult two practices, completing only two laps and being unclassified in the second session after falling off the track at Turn 8 (five minutes in), forced to push his car off the circuit. Coulthard was 18th this morning of the 25 drivers participating.
Shortly after the British veteran's off, Fernando Alonso found the kitty litter at Turn 11, placing his Mild Seven Renault 20th in the afternoon standings. Giorgio Pantano spun and continued at Turn 6 eleven minutes in, while Christian Klien went off at Turn 1 just before Sato punched Massa off the track. The cleanup took nine minutes, as a tractor was necessary to remove Sato's stricken car.
Six minutes after the track went green again (2:29PM) Zsolt Baumgartner spun in Turn 6 and continued in the Minardi Cosworth, while three minutes later it was the Jaguar of Mark Webber that spun (and continued) in Turn 8, a popular spot.
Pantano did a second spin at Turn 11 and continued at 2:41, and after Button's spin, that was the end of the off-track action. This afternoon there were three cars in the 70-second range and five practicing at 71 seconds. The top ten were within two seconds of one another and the field was separated by 4.063 seconds.
The on-circuit action for the 20 F1 drivers racing on Sunday resumes early tomorrow morning. The action is being shown, almost without pause, on Speed TV, which will present the 73-lap USGP live beginning at 12:30PM EDT