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Practice Two - Raikkonen leads Ferrari-McLaren battle 20 Jul 2007

Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Ferrari F2007.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 10, European Grand Prix, Practice Day, Nurburgring, Germany, Friday, 20 July 2007 Lewis Hamilton (GBR) McLaren Mercedes MP4/22.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 10, European Grand Prix, Practice Day, Nurburgring, Germany, Friday, 20 July 2007 Ralf Schumacher (GER) Toyota.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 10, European Grand Prix, Practice Day, Nurburgring, Germany, Friday, 20 July 2007 Nico Rosberg (GER) Williams FW29.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 10, European Grand Prix, Practice Day, Nurburgring, Germany, Friday, 20 July 2007 Jenson Button (GBR) Honda RA107.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 10, European Grand Prix, Practice Day, Nurburgring, Germany, Friday, 20 July 2007

McLaren and Ferrari continued their fight for supremacy at Nurburgring on Friday afternoon, in a session rendered slower after a lunchtime deluge washed away much of the rubber laid in the morning.

Lewis Hamilton had the fastest time of 1m 33.478s up until five minutes from the end, despite a spin in Turn 10 and another off in Turn Five in his McLaren. But then, right at the end, Kimi Raikkonen went ahead for Ferrari with 1m 33.339s.

Right behind them, Felipe Massa was similarly just ahead of Fernando Alonso, with 1m 33.590s versus 1m 33.637s.

This time it was Toyota who got closest to the red and silver cars, with Ralf Schumacher lapping his TF107 in 1m 33.668s and Jarno Trulli backing him up with 1m 33.746s. Then came Nico Rosberg for Williams with 1m 33.845s, and Jenson Button in the improved Honda on 1m 33.880s.

The top 10 was completed by the brace of BMW Saubers. Both Nick Heidfeld, ninth on 1m 34.146s, and Robert Kubica, 10th on 1m 34.221s, went off the road in Turn Three during the course of the session.

As ever, the midfield times were close. Mark Webber was 11th on 1m 34.235s for Red Bull, ahead of Williams’ Alex Wurz (1m 34.264s), Super Aguri’s Takuma Sato (1m 34.357s), Honda’s Rubens Barrichello (1m 34.411s), the Renaults of Giancarlo Fisichella and Heikki Kovalainen (1m 34.431s and 1m 34.446s respectively), David Coulthard in the Red Bull (1m 34.504s) and Anthony Davidson (1m 34.554s) in the second Super Aguri.

At the back, the Toro Rossos lacked pace, with Scott Speed 19th on 1m 35.320s and Tonio Liuzzi on 1m 35.653s, and the Spykers in their usual places of 21st and 22nd. Adrian Sutil lapped his in 1m 36.527s, and Markus Winkelhock took his round in 1m 37.319s before he spun out on the circuit.