Nico Rosberg (Williams) clocked the fastest time in the second free practice session ahead of Sunday's Spanish Formula One Grand Prix, ahead of Japanese teammate Kazuki Nakajima.
AFP - Nico Rosberg topped the times in Friday's second free practice session ahead of Sunday's Spanish Grand Prix, the German-born son of former champion Finn Keke Rosberg maintaining his 2009 habit of impressing in practice.
But he ended the session on a sour note after going off the track in his Williams at turn 10 late in the session, an error that led to yellow flags and wrecked his rivals' hopes of clocking a faster lap.
It was suggested that he had run out of fuel, unconfirmed by the Williams team after his eighth session-topping practice performance this season.
His Williams team-mate Japanese Kazuki Nakajima was second fastest ahead of local hero two-times champion Spaniard Fernando Alonso of Renault.
Brazilian Rubens Barrichello was fourth-fastest for Brawn ahead of Australian Mark Webber of Red Bull and championship leading Briton Jenson Button in the second Brawn car.
German Sebastian Vettel was seventh in the second Red Bull and Brazilian Nelson Piquet eighth for Renault after an incident-filled session including two runs of through the gravel.
The Ferraris of Finn Kimi Rakikkonen and Brazilian Felipe Massa wound up in 10th and 15th places respectively while defending drivers champion Briton Lewis Hamilton was 13th for McLaren Mercedes, positions that proved the battle for the title and this weekend's points remains wide open.
The second session began in the afternoon in warm sunshine with the temperature creeping up into the mid-20's Celsius and, as earlier, the Brawn team soon showing the way.
Barrichello was first to top the times, but Button soon took over ahead of German prodigy Vettel in his Red Bull.
It was by no means a settled order and Piquet was soon on top for Renault followed by Nakajima.
With Rosberg fourth for Williams it meant three of the top places were taken by the sons of former F1 stars, two of them former champions.
Nakajima soon took top spot, to be replaced by Vettel before regaining the leading place as the competition in times grew ever closer.
Rosberg then regained top place ahead of Nakajima and Barrichello with Alonso fourth after delighting the home fans with his lap. The Spaniard was soon up to third sparking greater celebrations.
In the earlier session, in the morning, Button clocked the fastest time for Brawn GP of one minute and 21.799 seconds, topping the times ahead of Italian Jarno Trulli of Toyota and Pole Robert Kubica who delivered a surprise fast lap for BMW Sauber late in the session.
Kubica's BMW team-mate German Nick Heidfeld was fourth, suggesting the team may have overcome their early-season problems with a heavily-revised car, but they were almost half a second off the pace set by Button.
Events in the afternoon proved that BMW are not yet where they used to be or wanted to be this year.
Date created : 2009-05-08