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Prac two - de la Rosa top, Montoya crashes 06 May 2005

Pedro de la Rosa (ESP) McLaren Mercedes MP4/20.
Formula One World Championship, Rd5, Spanish Grand Prix, Practice Day, Barcelona, Spain, 6 May 2005 Jarno Trulli (ITA) Toyota TF105.
Formula One World Championship, Rd5, Spanish Grand Prix, Practice Day, Barcelona, Spain, 6 May 2005 Robert Doornbos (NED) Jordan Toyota EJ15.
Formula One World Championship, Rd5, Spanish Grand Prix, Practice Day, Barcelona, Spain, 6 May 2005 The car of Juan Pablo Montoya (COL) McLaren Mercedes MP4/20 is returned to the pits on a truck after a big crash at turn 9.
Formula One World Championship, Rd5, Spanish Grand Prix, Practice Day, Barcelona, Spain, 6 May 2005 Jacques Villeneuve (CDN) Sauber Petronas C24.
Formula One World Championship, Rd5, Spanish Grand Prix, Practice Day, Barcelona, Spain, 6 May 2005

McLaren had a dramatic end to Friday’s final practice in Barcelona. Just a minute from the chequered flag Juan Pablo Montoya slammed his car into the wall, seconds before team mate Pedro de la Rosa recorded the fastest time of the day.

Montoya emerged shaken but unstirred after losing control of his MP4-20 at the Circuit de Catalunya’s Turn Four. The car was seriously damaged, but the Colombian suffered few ill effects on his return to active duty following his recent shoulder injury.

As he was heading back to the pits under his own steam, as in the day’s opening session de la Rosa continued to set the pace, lapping in 1m 15.062s, sixth-tenths of a second quicker than he had this morning. Kimi Raikkonen was also quick for the silver team, setting fourth fastest lap with 1m 16.586s.

Examination of Montoya's chassis revealed extensive damage to the right-hand side, including suspension, radiator and bodywork, as well as both front and rear wings. All will be repaired in time for Saturday's sessions.

Ricardo Zonta was second fastest for Toyota in 1m 16.220s, and Nick Heidfeld, already resigned to an engine change and subsequent grid penalty on Saturday, raised spirits at Williams with a third best lap of 1m 16.527s. He was only deposed from runner-up slot right at the end of the session. Team mate Webber sat out the session as he waited for a new BMW V10 to arrive at the circuit.

Jarno Trulli started his race campaign after sitting out the morning session, taking fifth place with 1m 16.653s ahead of on-form David Coulthard. The Scot pushed his Red Bull round in 1m 16.797s before concentrating, like team mate Vitantonio Liuzzi, on race preparation.

The Renaults were out in this session, and this time Giancarlo Fisichella shaded crowd favourite Fernando Alonso. The Italian was seventh with 1m 17.200s, the Spaniard ninth on 1m 17.356s, Ralf Schumacher’s 1m 17.264s for Toyota separating them. It is, however, early days and not too much should be read into the times so far.

Montoya’s best lap of 1m 17.555s left him 10th, ahead of four Ferrari-engined cars. The first was Rubens Barrichello’s Ferrari on 1m 17.702s, the Brazilian recovering from a hydraulic problem in the morning session. He was followed by Felipe Massa’s Sauber on 1m 17.931s, his less than happy Ferrari team mate Michael Schumacher on 1m 18.042s and Jacques Villeneuve’s Sauber on 1m 18.336s. Both pairs of drivers were pursuing different programmes of tyre choice and set-up.

Carrying more fuel than Coulthard, Liuzzi lapped 15th fastest with 1m 18.444s, team mate Christian Klien surviving one very wide and gravely run into Turn 9 to lap in 1m 18.802s.

Narain Karthikeyan also had some adventures, running wide a few times and spinning in Turn Eight before lapping in a respectable 1m 18.858s. Robert Doornbos chased him with 1m 19.125s, and Tiago Monteiro was right behind him with 1m 19.140s.

Christijan Albers again visited the gravel in his new Minardi, but returned to chase the Jordans with 1m 19.581s, and Patrick Friesacher brought up the rear with 1m 20.686s.

The new surface has been causing some head scratching as teams seek the best set-ups. Villeneuve said it made his car “feel weird, like when you go indoor karting and run on concrete.” But most agree that it is less abrasive, so tyre wear may be less critical come the race.