Montoya and Raikkonen lead Ferrari in the times
History revisited Ralf Schumacher on Friday afternoon at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, as the second practice session for the United States Grand Prix got off to a bad start for Toyota.
First Ricardo Zonta spun on the exit to Turn 5 following what may have been a left rear tyre failure, and came to a halt in the gravel in Turn 6. Minutes later Ralf Schumachers TF105 snapped sideways on him in Turn 13, the scene of his hefty accident with a Williams last year, and spun through 360 degrees before striking the wall and slithering down it scattering debris. Fortunately, the German was able to climb unaided from the cockpit as the new safety wall did its job, but the session was red flagged while the mess was cleaned up.
After a 20 minute delay Juan Pablo Montoya continued his morning pace to head the times from McLaren team mate Kimi Raikkonen, the Colombian lapping in 1m 11.118s just after the Finn had recorded 1m 11.228s.
There was a half second gap to the Ferraris, with Rubens Barrichello edging out Michael Schumacher with 1m 11.746s to 1m 11.758s. The only other runner below 1m 12s was Williams Nick Heidfeld, on 1m 11.825s.
David Coulthard gave Red Bull a huge boost with sixth fastest lap, making full use of the extra 35 bhp from his new Cosworth V10 to record 1m 12.076s, and one Scot was backed by another as rookie Scott Speed lapped in 1m 12.143s to set the eighth best time in front of his countrymen. Coulthard's time came despite a dramatic spin at the end of the main straight caused by an electronics glitch.
Pedro de la Rosa separated the two Red Bull pilots, his McLaren MP4-20 fixed after a sensor stopped him this morning. The Spaniard lapped in 1m 12.119s.
The top 10 was completed by Fernando Alonso, who focused on race set-up for Renault on his way to 1m 12.265s, and Jarno Trulli, who took his Toyota round in 1m 12.344s. Then came Giancarlo Fisichella on 1m 12.384s, Felipe Massa on 1m 12.464, Mark Webber on 1m 14.578s, Christian Klien on 1m 14.664s and Jenson Button, who did race set-up work too on his way to 1m 12.803s.
Buttons BAR team mate Takuma Sato was 16th on 1m 13.037s, narrowly beating Jacques Villeneuves 1m 13.079s.
This time Robert Doornbos headed the Jordan trio with 1m 13.361s, Zonta ran again after his car was recovered while Ralfs debris was cleared up and he lapped in 1m 13.567s, and the Minardi pair were very happy with 20th and 21st places. Patrick Friesacher once again pipped Christijan Albers, with respective times of 1m 13.783s and 1m 13.963s.
Narain Karthikeyan had a quieter session and lapped in 1m 14.008s, with Tiago Monteiro setting the final time of 1m 14.336s. Ralf Schumacher did not set a time, as his accident occurred towards the end of his first flying lap.
The times will improve again tomorrow morning in the final session and one can expect a different look in some areas as those who concentrated on race set-up today push harder in readiness for qualifying.