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Massa quickest, as top ten are covered by 0.967s

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18/03/2005

With the first session out of the way, the track will be a lot less 'green' in the second. Furthermore, with the data acquired from the first session, we should see a lot more activity over the next sixty minutes.

As the cars line up at the end of the pitlane, the air temperature is 37 degrees C, while the track temperature is a staggering 56 degrees C. It's hot and sunny!

When the lights go green, Narain Karthikeyan is first out, closely followed by his Jordan buddies Robert Doornbos and Tiago Monteiro. Pedro de la Rosa is also keen to get to work as are Zonta, Albers, Friesacher and Liuzzi. The usual suspects.

The Toyota test driver posts a 1:36.915, as Raikkonen and Massa take to the track. With less than 5 minutes of the session gone, we already have times from 7 drivers.

As Klien goes second quickest (1:37.783), Raikkonen goes quickest in the first sector, however he loses the car in the double right-hander in sector two, and is stuck in the gravel. His day's work at an end.

Meanwhile, Felipe Massa goes quickest with a 1:36.700, 0.215s quicker than Zonta. Coulthard goes fifth, narrowly edging out Montoya who goes sixth.

Jenson Button goes quickest in the first sector, but loses ground in the second. As Montoya improves to fourth (1:37.907), the Englishman goes quickest again in the final sector, crossing the line at 1:35.992, to go top the timesheets.

Button, Massa, Trulli, Zonta, Klien and Montoya, that's the order after twelve minutes.

A 1:37.372 sees Michael go sixth, ahead of Montoya and de la Rosa, as Barrichello, Sato and Ralf take to the track.

The Japanese driver posts 1:37.451, to go seventh, as Barrichello spins off, the Ferrari becoming embedded in the 'kitty litter'. One McLaren and one Ferrari out.

Jarno Trulli, who didn't post a time in the first session, goes quickest in the second sector, finally crossing the line at 1:36.841, he stays third.

de la Rosa leapfrogs his teammate Montoya as Raikkonen, who failed to post a time, make his way back to the McLaren garage, where a sympathetic Ron Dennis will be waiting for him.

As Jacques Villeneuve takes to the track, teammate Felipe Massa goes quickest in the first sector. The Brazilian loses a little pace in the second, but finally crosses the line at 1:35.608, to go quickest.

Elsewhere, Robert Doornbos posts 1:39.910, to go twelfth, but quickest of the three Jordan drivers. Jacques Villeneuve posts 1:39.406, which puts him eleventh, 3.798s off his teammate's pace.

Next time around the Canadian improves (1:38.986), but remains eleventh, while David Coulthard goes third with a 1:36.575.

Twenty-five minutes gone, and no times yet from Ralf or the WilliamsF1 and Renault drivers.

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