The second free practice for the German Grand Prix saw Ferrari continue their dominance from the first session with Michael Schumacher taking over to lead Rubens Barrichello. It was an eventful session which started with more spins than a...
The second free practice for the German Grand Prix saw Ferrari continue their dominance from the first session with Michael Schumacher taking over to lead Rubens Barrichello. It was an eventful session which started with more spins than a fairground ride as cars skidded about on the greasy track.
Williams' Ralf Schumacher took to the circuit first and promptly spun, followed by a dodgy moment from team mate Juan Pablo Montoya, then Takuma Sato spun the Jordan. Not to be left out, Alex Yoong went one better and spun his Minardi onto the kerb and got stuck.
Yellow flags were out while the marshals extracted the Minardi and in the mean time the spinning continued. Jacques Villeneuve, David Coulthard and Michael Schumacher all joined in then Jarno Trulli went off at the Sachs corner to prematurely end his session. Jaguar were still working on Pedro de la Rosa's car, which expired in the first session, then Olivier Panis also finished early when he stalled with a reported clutch problem.
McLaren, who announced Kimi Raikkonen and Coulthard will continue with the team next year, were improved, up behind the Ferraris. Aside from Panis' early departure, Villenueve also improved into the top ten at one stage for BAR. Allan McNish and Mika Salo had their Toyotas in the front runners although they dropped back later.
Sauber were still on the pace; the Bridgestone teams were strong again but Michelin appeared to have picked up a bit. Williams put in a lot of track time, Ralf a lot of spinning time -- three in all -- and completed the top six behind Ferrari and McLaren until Eddie Irvine put in a stellar run to take sixth.
The remaining Renault of Jenson Button struggled in the midfield along with Arrows and Jaguar. De la Rosa managed to take to the circuit but struggled although Irvine was vastly improved. Heinz-Harald Frentzen and Enrique Bernoldi hovered around the top ten and were probably happy just to be on the track. The Jordans were less active than the first session apart from in the spinning department -- Sato having another go later on -- and Fisichella retired with a blown engine.
Minardi were comfortably last, Mark Webber ahead of Yoong who continued his amazing form of being over four seconds off the leaders. Ferrari proved unbeatable but McLaren and Williams were close, promising another interesting qualifying session tomorrow. Final top six classification: M. Schumacher, Barrichello, Raikkonen, Coulthard, R. Schumacher, Irvine.