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Davidson quickest in second session

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10/03/2006

Following the relative lack of action in the opening session, we'll be hoping to see a few more names on the timesheets in the second.

The big surprise, was the lack of laps from Honda's third driver Anthony Davidson (2), however it appears that the Englishman encountered a gearbox problem, so much for Jenson Button's claim that the RA106 is the most reliable car on the grid.

That said, first out is Davidson, closely followed by Robert Doornbos and Alexander Wurz.

Davidson goes quickest, but his time is almost immediately beaten by Wurz, moments later the Englishman goes even quicker with a 1:35.660.

Scott Speed has a couple of minor offs in the Toro Rosso, the track clearly very dusty.

Kimi Raikkonen is on track in the McLaren, he goes quickest in the first sector. He's quickest again in the second sector, finally crossing the line at 1:33.577.

Juan Pablo Montoya is on track as is Neel Jani, as the Ferrari crew works on Felipe Massa's car.

Raikkonen is currently quickest ahead of Kubica, Wurz, Montoya and Doornbos, with Davidson sixth.

Davidson goes quickest with a 1:32.997, Button watches from the Honda garage, the merest hint of a smile.

Massa returns to the pits, his tyres badly flat-spotted following a lock-up. That's one set gone, six more remaining.

Kubica is setting a blistering pace in the BMW, he's proving a real surprise here. The Polish driver closes the gap to Davidson. That said, he has a puncture, and is now heading back to the pits… it appears that he clouted the kerb.

With thirty minutes gone, it's Davidson, Kubica, Fisichella, Raikkonen, Alonso, Michael, Wurz, Montoya, Speed and Liuzzi.

Nick Heidfeld is on track, as Alonso goes quickest with a 1:30.528.

It's is the same old story, as Kimi Raikkonen grinds to a halt, the Finn climbs out of the car, wondering is he's looking at a repeat of 2005. That said, we do not know at this time whether it's an engine problem, as there was no smoke.

Meanwhile, Jarno Trulli has also stopped on track, as Liuzzi goes second… that should get the protests going.

Alonso is quickest ahead of Liuzzi, Wurz, Davidson, Fisichella, Button, Kubica, Raikkonen, Montoya and Heidfeld.

With thirteen minutes remaining, we have yet to see an appearance from either Webber, Rosberg or Villeneuve.

Robert Doornbos improves to fifth (32.926), as Ralf Schumacher improves to twentieth.

Elsewhere, Jacques Villeneuve is finally on track.

Giancarlo Fisichella is on track, but is already 0.5s down on his teammate by the end of the first sector. Meanwhile, Ide goes off and explores the Bahrain countryside.

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