Raikkonen fastest on Hungarian GP Friday

Raikkonen fastest on Hungarian GP Friday

McLaren's Kimi Raikkonen was the fastest man on Friday at the Hungaroring, clocking a best of 1:20.884 in the second practice. The Finn's time was sixth tenths faster than Michael Schumacher's best in the morning session. Schumacher himself was ...

McLaren's Kimi Raikkonen was the fastest man on Friday at the Hungaroring, clocking a best of 1:20.884 in the second practice. The Finn's time was sixth tenths faster than Michael Schumacher's best in the morning session. Schumacher himself was second quickest in the afternoon and Williams' Juan Pablo Montoya was third.

Kimi Raikkonen.
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The track temperature and general conditions had hardly changed from the morning session, with only a slight drop in humidity. As in the morning practice, Jordan's Timo Glock was first on the time sheet, the third driver clocking 1:25.763. Sauber's Giancarlo Fisichella was quick to take over with a 1:24.967.

Toyota's Ryan Briscoe, the three Minardi's and the other two Jordans were swiftly in action, Briscoe taking second quickest. Schumacher's Ferrari posted 1:22.944 for the top slot and Giorgio Pantano put his Jordan second, 1.6 down. He was immediately demoted by teammate Nick Heidfeld who was just seven tenths off the Ferrari.

Montoya put his Williams fourth fastest, with teammate Antonio Pizzonia fifth. BAR third driver Anthony Davidson took over second quickest, four tenths down on Schumacher, and the second Sauber of Felipe Massa was the next into the fourth spot. Pizzonia improved to rob the same position and Fisichella, Renault's Jarno Trulli and Jaguar No.3 Bjorn Wirdheim made up the top ten.

Mark Webber took 11th on his initial foray after not setting a time this morning when his Jaguar had a minor gremlin. Teammate Christian Klien was 15th and Gianmaria Bruni led the Minardi trio. Rubens Barrichello started with a lowly 16th and Toyota's Ricardo Zonta with 19th. Fernando Alonso put his Renault seventh on his first effort and Barrichello wound up to 1:22.484 for the top spot.

Bruni spun off at turn 11, while Alonso improved to fourth fastest. David Coulthard made an impression with second quickest on his first flyer in the McLaren, three tenths down on Barrichello. Maybe the new helmet design the Scot is sporting for today has a 'go faster' stripe.

Takuma Sato took 10th in the BAR and Toyota's Olivier Panis 11th. Raikkonen slotted into fourth and Jenson Button's BAR took 11th from Panis. Schumacher improved to second, a tenth and a half off Barrichello and Fisichella climbed back up to fifth. Sato improved to eighth but was knocked down a place by Webber moving up to fifth.

Wirdheim outdid teammate Webber by taking third, six tenths off the lead Ferrari and ahead of the McLarens. Massa improved to seventh, one ahead of Fisichella, and then after a busy first half hour, things quietened down a little. Klien appeared to be struggling with his Jaguar, not as familiar with the Hungaroring as his teammates.

Barrichello outdid himself with a 1:21.712 but Pizzonia answered his compatriot with 1:21.574 to take the top of the times, a good effort for the Williams man. Alonso improved to third and there was just under four tenths between the top three. Schumacher put the upstart Brazilians in their place with 1:21.551 for the top slot -- but only two hundredths ahead of Pizzonia and just one thousandth better than his own time in the first session.

Zonta climbed to seventh and Toyota teammate Ryan Briscoe to 12th, Trulli going one better for 11th. Coulthard was on a really quick lap, setting the best times in sectors one and two but he backed out in the last one. Button was the next flyer, up to fourth, and Coulthard had another go to take sixth. Wirdheim improved to eighth and Raikkonen bounced from 11th to third -- the top three were then separated by three hundredths.

Panis appeared in seventh, seemingly from nowhere, and Davidson made a minor effort for 11th. Webber improved to snatch the seventh spot from Panis and Heidfeld went up to 14th, the lead Jordan. Schumacher upped his best to 1:21.009 and Montoya took second, a tenth down but faster than Schumacher's top time the morning practice.

Sato jumped up to third, his best of the day so far, and Raikkonen belted to the top with a 1:20.884. The Finn was the first into the 1:20 bracket and just over a tenth up on Schumacher. Coulthard improved to fourth and Panis to fifth but that was about it for the day's action.

It was an interesting second session, with much closer times; a second covered the top ten and three tenths the top four. Ferrari continued to look strong but McLaren and Williams were not idle. BAR was also in the mix, while Panis was a little bit of a surprise element. Alonso's 10th place finish was not really representative of his good pace in the session but Renault teammate Trulli was down in 17th.

Outside the top ten Jaguar was pretty much par for the course, while Jordan had a productive day. The other two Toyotas and Sauber were a bit disappointing and Minardi was putting in its usual hard work at the back.

As for pole tomorrow, that's a tricky call to make. Schumacher is always a favourite but there's maybe half a dozen that could do it. Final top eight classification: Raikkonen, Schumacher, Montoya, Coulthard, Panis, Sato, Pizzonia, Button.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Juan Pablo Montoya
Teams Ferrari , Sauber , McLaren , Williams , Minardi , Jordan