Davidson sets early pace at Indy 30 Jun 2006
Anthony Davidson headed this mornings preliminary practice at Indianapolis, lapping his Honda in 1m 12.083s ahead of Michael Schumacher. The former champion only did three laps, however, before spinning his Ferrari off in Turn 4 and getting stranded in the gravel.
He had just lapped in 1m 12.458s, to displace BMW Saubers Robert Kubica, whose best was 1m 13.008s. Late in the session the other Hondas came out, Rubens Barrichello just edging out Jenson Button, 1m 13.090s to 1m 13.189s.
Then there was a gap to Toro Rossos Neel Jani, who pushed his STR01 round in a solid 1m 13.710s for sixth.
Giorgio Mondini headed the Midland trio, lapping in 1m 14.654s; Tiago Monteiro had a grassy moment in Turn 4 en route to 1m 15.091s for 11th, while Christijan Albers was 13th on 1m 15.647s after a spin in Turn 6 and another in Turn 11.
Alex Wurzs 1m 14.745s left his Williams eighth ahead of local hero Scott Speed. The Americans Toro Rosso ground to a halt early on as he was trying to leave the pits, but remedial work got it going again and he lapped in 1m 14.791s. Team mate Tonio Liuzzi was 12th on 1m 15.532s. Robert Doornbos was Red Bulls other runner; the Dutchman had a lurid moment on the grass in Turn 11, and posted 1m 15.018s for 10th.
Takuma Sato was again the fastest Super Aguri runner with 1m 15.971s, while Sakon Yamamoto continued to impress with 1m 16.116s ahead of Franck Montagny (1m 16.489s).
Jarno Trulli, Ralf Schumacher, Giancarlo Fisichella, Fernando Alonso, Christian Klien, Kimi Raikkonen, David Coulthard, Juan Pablo Montoya, Nick Heidfeld, Jacques Villeneuve, Felipe Massa, Mark Webber and Nico Rosberg all confined themselves to installation laps.