BMW Sauber split Ferraris in final practice 10 Jun 2006
Michael Schumacher and Ferrari headed a confusing final practice session for the British Grand Prix this morning. The former champion wheeled his 248 F1 to 1m 20.919s, to push ahead of the pace-setting Renaults of Giancarlo Fisichella and Fernando Alonso, who had recorded 1m 21.859s and 1m 21.870s respectively. The two blue cars were pushed down to fifth and sixth overall as other improved.
First of all, Nick Heidfeld jumped into second place for BMW Sauber with 1m 21.361s. Then Felipe Massa moved into third with 1m 21.633s. Finally, Kimi Raikkonen did 1m 21.771s before spinning his on the entry to Club on his final lap, forcing the Finn to abandon his McLaren
Rubens Barrichello was the leading Honda in seventh place on 1m 22.023s, ahead of Jacques Villeneuve (1m 22.229s) and the two Toro Rossos. Tonio Liuzzi posted 1m 22.456s, with Scott Speed close behind on 1m 22.532s. Jenson Button was thus left down in 11th place on 1m 22.596s in the second Honda. He in turn was followed by David Coulthard in the leading Red Bull on 1m 22.681s, Tiago Monteiro for Midland on 1m 22.812s, and Christian Klien in the other RB2 on 1m 22.921s.
Juan Pablo Montoya spoiled his best run for McLaren with a moment running wide at Club, making do with 1m 23.412s for 15th ahead of Jarno Trulli in the faster Toyota on 1m 23.459s and the Williams duo. Mark Webber was 17th on 1m 23.964s, Nico Rosberg 18th on 1m 24.010s. Ralf Schumacher was not happy with 1m 24.386s for Toyota, and then there was a big gap to the Super Aguris. Franck Montagny was the faster this time with 1m 27.229s, with Takuma Sato chasing hard on 1m 27.525s. Neither finished the session, however, Montagny beaching his car in the gravel after a spin and Sato leaving the right side of his SA05 heavily damaged after going into the tyres at the exit of Maggotts. Christijan Albers completed the line-up, and just three laps without setting a time, before stopping at Copse with a mechanical problem on his Midland.
So there we are, make of that what you will. Certainly theres a lot of head-scratching going on as the wind continues to make setting up the cars something of a black art. Qualifying is going to be very exciting, and quite possibly unpredictable.