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Ferrari finish one-two in final practice 05 Aug 2006

Michael Schumacher (GER) Ferrari 248 F1.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 13, Hungarian Grand Prix, Practice Day, Budapest, Hungary, 4 August 2006

Schumacher leads as Honda engine woes hit Button

Ferrari’s Michael Schumacher further demoralised the Renault team in final practice on Saturday morning at the Hungaroring.

The German waited until the closing moment of a dry but overcast session to bang in a lap of 1m 20.795s, which deposed fellow Ferrari driver Felipe Massa who had earlier set the pace with 1m 21.472s.

Behind them, Robert Kubica was third for BMW Sauber on 1m 21.806s, while Rubens Barrichello was the good news for Honda with 1m 21.833s for fourth. The bad news for the team was Jenson Button’s engine failure earlier in the session at Turn 4. The session was stopped while the track was cleaned up, the V8 having deposited much of its oil on the road. He will drop ten places on the grid as a result.

Renault’s Fernando Alonso had set the pace initially with 1m 22.119s, which ultimately left him only fifth ahead of team mate Giancarlo Fisichella whose best was 1m 22.340s. If you took two seconds off the Spaniard’s time, as the stewards will in qualifying, he’d have finished 16th.

Christian Klien took seventh in his Red Bull with 1m 22.362s, which McLaren’s Pedro de la Rosa just failed to match with 1m 22.424s. The Spaniard was chased by Toro Rosso’s Vitantonio Liuzzi (1m 22.560s), Kimi Raikkonen in the other McLaren (1m 22.599s), Red Bull’s David Coulthard (1m 22.643s) and Mark Webber in the Williams (1m 22.839s).

There was a big gap next to Tiago Monteiro, who took his Midland round in 1m 23.819s. Toro Rosso’s Scott Speed was close on 1m 23.858s, just ahead of Ralf Schumacher in the Toyota with 1m 23.963s.

Nico Rosberg was 16th in the second Williams on 1m 24.381s, Button did 1m 24.731s after continuing in the spare Honda, and Takuma Sato was happy with 1m 24.847s in the new Super Aguri. Toyota’s Jarno Trulli was only 19th on 1m 25.373s ahead of Nick Heidfeld in the BMW Sauber on 1m 25.597s. Midland driver Christijan Albers on 1m 26.047s and Super Aguri’s Sakon Yamamoto on 1m 26.260s completed the runners.

Times were dependent on who ran new tyres, so are still slightly misleading, but the Ferraris appear once again to have a clear advantage.