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Davidson edges out Wurz in second session

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17/03/2006

Ahead of today's second, and final, free practice session, the air temperature has risen to 36 degrees C, while the track temperature is now 41 degrees.

First out, when the pitlane lights go green, are two of the pace-setters from the earlier session, Alexander Wurz and Anthony Davidson. They are followed by Kubica, Albers and Jani.

Wurz is the first driver to post a time, crossing the line at 1:39051, however, this is soon eclipsed by Davidson and then Kubica, who posts 1:38.515. Jani goes fourth, head of Albers.

Five minutes into the session, and both Toyotas are on track, this season the Japanese team doesn't have the benefit of a third driver.

One has to say, the Toro Rosso looks disgusting, from a distance the livery looks more like a large dollop of raspberry jam has been thrown over the car, than a charging bull.

As Wurz goes quickest (38.107), Massa goes off. The Brazilian is able to continue, having driven along the grass verge, but this is one of a series of incidents he's been involved in this morning. A lack of grip or overzealousness?

Ralf Schumacher goes fourth (39.028) as Davidson goes quickest with a 1:38.012. However, Wurz is already on a very good lap. Indeed, the Austrian goes quickest with a 1:37.860.

That said, Kimi Raikkonen goes quickest in the first sector, the Finn using every inch of the Sepang track. He's quickest again in the second sector, finally crossing the line at 1:36.132, that's 1.7s faster than Wurz. Guess, that's what you call throwing down the gauntlet.

Trulli goes sixth, slotting in behind Ralf, as Michael Schumacher leaves the Ferrari garage.

Davidson spins, after the back end simply gets away. The Honda, which is stranded on the kerb is eventually pushed to safety by the marshals, with assistance from the Englishman, whose day's work is at an end.

Meanwhile, Michael has gone third with a 1:37.902, behind Raikkonen and Wurz. Massa goes quickest in the first sector, but loses ground in the second and third. Nonetheless, he goes second with a 1:36.825.

It's looking good for McLaren, as Juan Pablo Montoya goes third, albeit 1.6s off his teammate's pace. On the subject of the Colombian, contrary to media reports earlier in the week, the McLaren driver will not need an engine change this weekend… not yet anyway.

With twenty minutes gone, only 17 drivers have posted times, and still no sign of the WilliamsF1s, Hondas or BMWs, other than their respective third drivers.

Meanwhile, Davidson is back in the pits, telling the Honda guys on the pit-wall what went wrong.

After just two weekends (almost), Robert Kubica is proving to be one of the true finds. The Pole goes third quickest, behind Raikkonen and Massa, with a 1:37.638.

As the Renault drivers leave the pits, Ralf Schumacher begins a hot lap, he is currently eighth fastest, with his teammate tenth. Meanwhile, Alexander Wurz goes second (36.641), courtesy of a very, very quick final sector.

With Davidson out, it's time for one of the other Honda drivers to do some work, cue Rubens.

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