Toyota halt McLaren train in Hungary 29 Jul 2005
Toyotas Ricardo Zonta made up for his morning problems by preventing McLaren from taking fastest time in this afternoons second practice session at the Hungaroring.
It was another slippery hour as an increase in ambient temperature also boosted the track temperature. Zonta wheeled his TF105 round in 1m 20.409s, the fastest lap so far this weekend, but a late run by McLarens Alexander Wurz just failed the dislodge him. Having run wide in Turn 13 in company with one of the Jordans, the Austrian posted 1m 20.519s on his final lap.
These two Friday test drivers were some way ahead of the others, who were led by Kimi Raikkonen with 1m 21.281s in the McLaren. Then came Jarno Trulli on 1n 21.410s for Toyota, Ralf Schumacher in the third TF105 on 1m 21.631s, Juan Pablo Montoya on 1m 21.662s in the final McLaren and Rubens Barrichello on 1n 21.914s. The Ferrari driver later got on to the gravel exiting Turn Four at the end of the session, and spun across the road to nose into the barriers. He was unharmed, but that ended a poor session for the team after Michael Schumachers F2005 stopped out on the circuit with electronics problems on his out lap and could not be revived.
Eight cars were bracketed in the 1m 22s, led by series leader Fernando Alonso who took his Renault to 1m 22.473s for eighth place. Jenson Button was right behind with 1m 22.544s in his BAR, then came Christian Klien on 1m 22.626s, Giancarlo Fisichella (who later stopped in Turn 14) on 1m 22.652s, Nick Heidfeld on 1m 22.861s, David Coulthard on 1m 22.886s, Tonio Liuzzi (who has less downforce than his team-mates and lost half the session due to an oil leak) on 1m 22.913s and Mark Webber on 1m 22.935s.
While Jacques Villeneuve had oversteer on his Sauber en route to 1m 23.558s, as did team mate Felipe Massa. However, the Brazilians C24 was adjusted to compensate, but when he switched to new tyres he found his car developed big understeer instead. He ultimately lapped in 1m 23.574s, slower than he went this morning. They were separated by Takuma Sato with 1m 23.560s for BAR. Behind the Saubers Robert Doornbos aced Minardi team mate Christijan Albers, 1m 23.870s to 1m 24.093s, while Tiago Monteiro had the upper hand at Jordan with 1m 24.862s compared to Narain Karthikeyans 1m 25.184s and Nicolas Kiesas 1m 25.269s.
Besides Schumacher Snr, Minardi newcomer Chanoch Nissany did not do a lap in this session.
Once again plenty of people veered off the road, including all three Toyota drivers, Doornbos, Albers, Alonso, Coulthard, and Villeneuve, who spun to avoid one of the Jordans which braked suddenly in Turn 13 when its unidentified driver spotted blue flags.