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McLaren dominate day one in Brazil 23 Sep 2005

Alex Wurz (AUT) McLaren Mercedes MP4/20.
Formula One World Championship, Rd17, Brazilian Grand Prix, Practice Day, Interlagos, Brazil, 23 September 2005 Michael Schumacher (GER) Ferrari F2005.
Formula One World Championship, Rd17, Brazilian Grand Prix, Practice Day, Interlagos, Brazil, 23 September 2005 Jarno Trulli (ITA) Toyota TF105.
Formula One World Championship, Rd17, Brazilian Grand Prix, Practice Day, Interlagos, Brazil, 23 September 2005 Marshals have a look at the crashed RB1 of Christian Klien (AUT) Red Bull Racing.
Formula One World Championship, Rd17, Brazilian Grand Prix, Practice Day, Interlagos, Brazil, 23 September 2005 Mark Webber (AUS) Williams BMW FW27 leads team mate Antonio Pizzonia (BRA) BMW Williams FW27.
Formula One World Championship, Rd17, Brazilian Grand Prix, Practice Day, Interlagos, Brazil, 23 September 2005

McLaren retained the top spot in second practice at Interlagos on Friday afternoon, after Alex Wurz pushed team mate Juan Pablo Montoya down a place right at the end of the session. The Colombian had lapped in 1m 12.694s before the Austrian lapped in 1m 12.083s - a fraction down on Wurz’s best time of the day, a 1m 11.701s, set in the morning session.

Their team mate, Kimi Raikkonen, was only sixth on 1m 13.172s, but Friday times notoriously depend on the set-up a team or driver chooses to run at any given point and the Finn was working to a different programme and was completely unfazed by his result.

Ricardo Zonta pushed through to third for Toyota with 1m 12.706s after a late run, and that deposed Sauber’s Felipe Massa who at one stage had gone fastest with 1m 12.710s after recovering from the time he lost this morning with a gearbox downshift problem.

Massa’s fellow countryman Rubens Barrichello slipped his Ferrari ahead of Raikkonen with 1m 13.088s, and Jacques Villeneuve was seventh on 1m 13.202s in the second Sauber but doubted he would match that relative speed tomorrow.

Michael Schumacher had a spin in Turn Seven, and later lapped in 1m 13.205s for eighth. That put him ahead of Jarno Trulli, who took his Toyota round in 1m 13.493s.

Renault did not have a particularly strong session on the face of it, with Giancarlo Fisichella 10th on 1m 13.518s and Fernando Alonso 11th on 1m 13.545s, but both were simply doing homework and were quite happy. The two Williams were also close together, with Mark Webber 12th on 1m 13.650s and Antonio Pizzonia 13th on 1m 12.828s. The Australian put a few hearts in mouths at one stage when he spun at Turn Four right in front of Pizzonia and one of the Toyotas. No contact was made.

Robert Doornbos wheeled his low-fuelled Minardi round in 1m 13.922s for 14th, which left him ahead of the Red Bull trio which was narrowly headed by David Coulthard on 1m 14.006s from team mate Vitantonio Liuzzi on 1m 14.141s. Their partner Christian Klien blotted his copybook with a big shunt in Turn 9/10 which did a lot of damage to the rear of his RB01, after he had lapped in 1m 14.698s.

Having focused on speed this morning, BAR concentrated on race work this afternoon. Jenson Button was the faster with 1m 14.189s for 17th, and Takuma Sato was 20th on 1m 14.584s. They were separated by Ralf Schumacher (1m 14.427s) and Christijan Albers (1m 14.563s before his Minardi stopped on the circuit).

Tiago Monteiro was this time the fastest Jordan driver with 1m 14.671s to Nicolas Kiesa’s 1m 15.094s and Narain Karthikeyan’s 1m 15.187s.

Interlagos is notoriously a tough place to set a car up for, and the tyre choice is always difficult. For that reason some of the times are not particularly indicative of true form; Saturday morning’s session should show the real pecking order.