US Grand Prix
Second Friday Practice Session
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Second Friday Practice Session Report - Results
Michael Schumacher continued to dominate the practice
sessions with no real competition as his team-mate Rubens Barrichello was
sidelined due to his crash from the first session. (A driver cannot use the
spare car in practice).
The McLarens managed to recover from their poor showing in
the morning session with Coulthard managing 3rd and Raikkonen 4th but both
were over 1.3 seconds off the pace.
Almost all the drivers spun at one stage or another this
session but most recovered. Takuma Sato wasn't one of those as he crashed into
the tyre barrier early in the session.
The gaps between the drivers are very close. All the drivers (including Michael Schumacher at the top and Alex Yoong at the bottom) are separated by just over 2 seconds while David Coulthard in 3rd is just over a second faster than Oliver Panis in 18th. The 2 practice sessions today have been one of the closest we've seen this season.
In the tyre wars, no tyre supplier appears to have a significant advantage here with 5 Bridgestone runners and 5 Michelin runners occupying the top 10 positions.
Allan McNish covered the most number of laps this session
with 31 followed by Michael Schumacher with 30. Barrichello didn't take part
in the session while Takuma Sato only managed 4 laps before his off. Juan
Pablo Montoya only managed 8 laps as he suffered from technical problems.
The session was run under mainly cloudy skies and a temperature of 20 degrees.
While the Ferraris appear in a class of their own, the rest of the field is very tight and we should have an exciting day tomorrow.