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Ferrari lock-out as Bridgestone comes good

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07/10/2006

Ahead of today's qualifying session, the air temperature is 24 degrees C, and the track temperature is 31 degrees. After yesterday's mixed conditions, today it is bright and sunny, however, strong winds continue to cause problems, unsettling cars in a number of corners.

It's worth noting that inland it is very cloudy, and it looks to be heading this way.

Michael Schumacher set a blistering pace in this morning's free practice session, however, one has to wonder if Renault was playing its cards close to its chest, saving its best for this session. We'll soon know.

The lights go green, the first phase gets underway, with Jarno Trulli first out, followed a few moments later by his Toyota teammate, Ralf.

Barrichello, Button and Coulthard leave the pits, as Trulli begins his first flying lap. The Italian posts 1:33.975, as Sakon Yamamoto grinds to a halt in the second sector, his car appearing to have lost all drive.

Ralf goes quickest (33.644), as Yamamoto is pushed to the side of the track, his session clearly over.

Button goes quickest (33.057), ahead of Doornbos, but Webber is already on a hot lap, having gone quickest in the first sector. The Australian goes quickest (32.275) ahead of Button, Coulthard and Doornbos. However, Heidfeld and Liuzzi are also on hot laps.

A 1:32.123 sees Rosberg go quickest, but he is instantly demoted by Raikkonen, who crosses the line at 31.811. However, the order is rearranged as Michael posts 31.279, to go quickest, and Heidfeld goes second.

Just over five minutes remaining, and the only driver who hasn't been out is Fisichella.

Massa goes quickest in the first sector, and again in the second, he's already a second up on Michael. At the line it's 1:30.112, Ferrari isn't mucking about.

As Alonso begins his flying lap, Fisichella finally leaves the pits. de la Rosa is still in the danger zone, he needs to get out on track.

Alonso goes second, splitting the Ferraris with a 30.796. Moments later, Kubica goes third.

A 1:33.975 see Trulli go second and Ralf third, the Toyota duo punching well above its weight.

Less than a minute remaining and de la Rosa is still in danger, as are Speed and Monteiro. Elsewhere, Button goes fourth.

De la Rosa goes eighth (31.581), which means that Webber and Doornbos are both in danger. Though Coulthard can't exactly relax.

Webber crosses the line at 31.647 to go tenth, which means we lose both Red Bulls, along with Monteiro and the Super Aguris.

Quickest was Massa, ahead of Trulli, Rosberg, Ralf, Button, Alonso, Kubica, Michael, de la Rosa and Webber.

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