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Massa frustratres Alonso to make it three from three

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12/05/2007

Based on the form thus far this weekend, we should be seeing an all-silver front row tomorrow, however, in all reality it would be utter madness to start writing off Ferrari's chances just yet.

Furthermore, the BMWs have been looking good, while Red Bull has also shown a significant improvement since Bahrain.

Anyway, ahead of today's all-important session, the air temperature is 27 degrees C, while the track temperature is 49 degrees. It is bright and sunny, as it has been for all three practice sessions.

The lights go green, but it is over two minutes before Jarno Trulli heads down the pitlane, getting the session underway. He is followed by Sutil, Albers, Liuzzi and Rosberg.

Trulli posts the benchmark (23.095), as Coulthard goes quickest in the first sector. The Scot is quickest in the second sector also, as Sato leapfrogs Liuzzi, who had momentarily taken the top spot. Sure enough, DC goes quickest, crossing the line at 22.491.

Anthony Davidson continues the form shown in previous sessions, going quickest with a 22.353, however, all eyes are on Alonso, who heads down the pitlane in the McLaren. The Spaniard is followed by Hamilton and Raikkonen. As Kubica leaves the BMW garage, Massa is the only driver who hasn't made an appearance.

Hamilton goes quickest in the first sector, and again in the second. As Scott speed is pushed back to his garage, Hamilton goes quickest with a 21.120, the quickest lap of the weekend thus far.

Although Alonso is on a hot lap, Raikkonen goes quickest in the first sector. Heidfeld goes second, but is instantly demoted by Alonso, and then Raikkonen, who go second and third.

With just over four minutes remaining, Massa begins his first flying lap. Elsewhere, Fisichella has a technical problem and, like Speed, has yet to post a time.

Massa posts 21.375 to go second, as Fisichella heads down the pitlane. The Italian, like Webber, Barrichello and Schumacher is still in danger of not making the cut.

Albers gets it all wrong, and takes to the 'old' piece of track in the final sector as Kubica goes sixth.

Webber is back in the pits, his session looks to be over before it's even begun. On track, Schumacher and Fisichella are pushing hard, desperate to survive into Q2.

Sato makes the cut comfortably, as Trulli improves, thus condemning his teammate and Alexander Wurz to the danger zone, from which, at this stage, there is no escape.

Therefore, we lose Speed, Albers, Sutil, Webber, Wurz and Schumacher.

Quickest was Hamilton, ahead of Massa, Alonso, Heidfeld, Kovalainen, Raikkonen, Kubica, Rosberg, Fisichella and Sato.

The second session gets underway, but there is no rush to get out on track, as is often the case in Q2. It is over three minutes before an engine fires up and Jarno Trulli heads down the pitlane. The Italian is followed by Takuma Sato and David Coulthard.

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