Fuji: Free Practice 2 Round-up

McLaren dominated free practice session 2 of the Japanese Grand Prix with Lewis Hamilton pipping his team-mate to the fastest time with a time of 1:18.734. Alonso was just over two tenths of a second behind with a time of 1:18.948.

After dominating the earlier session, Ferrari looked a little off-colour with neither Massa or Raikkonen quite up to the pace of the McLarens. Both Ferrari drivers ran wide across the run-off areas several times during the session. Massa finished the session in third place, over seven tenths down on Hamilton, with Raikkonen a further two tenths behind in fifth place.

Jarno Trulli had an excellent session finishing in fourth place and splitting the two Ferraris. Toyota will be pleased with this given that they setup a working group especially for the race. Trulli s team-mate again did not fare so well Schumacher finished in ninth place and also had a half-spin at Turn 10.

The Renaults of Kovalainen and Fisichella  finished in sixth and seventh, just ahead of the Red Bull of David Coulthard. Robert Kubica rounded out the top 10 in his BMW-Sauber.

Sutil again impressed holding seventh place for much of the session before finally being pushed back to 16th place. His team-mate Yamamoto was not so lucky he had a spin in the final complex and was clipped by Honda s Rubens Barrichello as he rejoined the track. The Spyker car appeared to be fine, however as he got back to his pit garage, the front wing fell off.

Barrichello continued on after the incident but, as in the morning, he struggled for pace eventually finishing in 17th place.

Unofficial times for practice session 2 at the Japanese Grand Prix:

Free Practice, Session 2 at the Japanese Grand Prix