Ferrari flying at the Hungaroring 04 Aug 2006
Felipe Massa dominated Friday afternoons practice for the Hungarian Grand Prix, lapping his Ferrari in 1m 21.778s to beat Fernando Alonsos Renault by a full 1.3 seconds.
The Brazilian set the time early in the session during his 12-lap stint, running a slightly different configuration to his opposition, and it held up without ever looking threatened. Alonso did 15 laps for his 1m 23.097s, while team mate Giancarlo Fisichella did 14 on his way to third place with 1m 23.189s. The Italian spun again, this time in the Turn 7 chicane.
Robert Doornbos was right behind them in his Red Bull with 1m 23.195s (annoying Alonso at one stage by apparently getting in his way - both men were later called before the stewards to explain themselves), then came Anthony Davidson for Honda on 1m 23.498s, Ralf Schumacher and Jarno Trulli for Toyota on 1m 23.747s and 1m 23.771s respectively, Michael Schumacher for Ferrari on 1m 23.931s, and the BMW Saubers of Nick Heidfeld and his newly promoted team mate Robert Kubica, who lapped in 1m 23.934s and 1m 24.106s respectively.
Pedro de la Rosa missed out on the top 10 with 1m 24.252s, which made him the faster McLaren, as team mate Kimi Raikkonen languished in 25th place on 1m 25.968s complaining of tyre problems.
Markus Winkelhock recorded 12th best time in his Midland on 1m 24.381s, then the two remaining Hondas of Rubens Barrichello and Jenson Button were again evenly matched on 1m 24.445s and 1m 24.465s apiece. Tiago Monteiro took his Midland round in 1m 24.508s to head Williams Alexander Wurz (1m 24.609s), Super Aguris Takuma Sato (running light, 1m 24.623s), Nico Rosberg in the Williams (1m 24.793s) and Toro Rosso third man Neel Jani (1m 24.854s).
Christijan Albers posted 1m 25.038s before his Midland rolled to a halt in Turn 10 near the end of the session - the team subsequently changed his engine so the Dutchman will take a ten-place grid penalty for the second race in succession.
Scott Speed was next up, improving late to 1m 25.152s for 21st for Toro Rosso, beating Mark Webber who did few laps on his way to 1m 25.393s for Williams, then the Red Bulls of Christian Klien and David Coulthard (1m 25.647s and 1m 25.843s). Behind Raikkonen were Toro Rossos Tonio Liuzzi (1m 26.198s after little running), and Sakon Yamamoto (1m 26.877s) in the second Super Aguri.