Ferrari dominate second practice at Interlagos

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src=' ' class='caption'> Ferrari dominated the second practice session ahead of Sunday's Brazilian Grand Prix at the Interlagos circuit in Sao Paulo on Friday.

updated: February 25, 2007 10:08 IST
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Ferrari dominated the second practice session ahead of Sunday's Brazilian Grand Prix at the Interlagos circuit in Sao Paulo on Friday, Rubens Barrichello proving the quickest in front of team mate Michael Schumacher. On his home track, the Brazilian clocked 1 minute 11.166 seconds, 0.168 seconds faster than the world champion over the 4.309-kilometre (2.678-mile) course. The McLaren-Mercedes of Finland's Kimi Raikkonen was third fastest, with a trio of BAR-Hondas, driven by Jensen Button, his British compatriot Anthony Davidson and Japan's Takuma Sato in fourth, fifth and sixth. The Interlagos circuit, home of the Brazilian Grand Prix, is known to be a tricky course to master and that certainly appeared to be the case for Ricardo Zonta, hoping to impress in his home country for Toyota. Zonta ended up fourteenth after the second session of Friday's practice for the season's final race, but up ahead, the BAR-Honda team were doing their best to set down a marker for the weekend and secure second place in the constructor's championship. They are far behind Ferrari but only 16 points ahead of Renault, who could only muster seventh and twelfth quickest on the day. BAR-Honda's reserve driver, Anthony Davidson, beat his team mate Takuma Sato of Japan into fifth place, while Jenson Button, having already sewn up third place in the driver's standings, was fourth fastest in a lap time of 1 minute 11.731 seconds. The McLaren-Mercedes of Kimi Raikkonen caused something of a surprise in getting ahead of the BAR-Hondas, albeit by the wafer-thin margin of two tenths of a second, but ahead of the rest, to hardly anyone's surprise, were the all-conquering Ferrari team. Michael Schumacher, world champion for the fifth consecutive year, will be looking for his fourteenth GP win of the season to end his record-breaking season on a high. Ferrari can break the team record for wins in a season with a 16th win in Sunday's 71-lap event, the eighteenth and last of the 2004 season. But he will have serious competition from team mate Rubens Barrichello, who pipped the German to the fastest lap time with 1 minute, 12.547 seconds, an advantage of 0.166 of a second. Barrichello himself will be trying for his third win in four races and a first victory on home soil in a race he has failed to finish throughout the past decade. (AP)