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Schumi pips Alonso in final practice

September 30, 2006 12:05 IST
Ferrari's Michael Schumacher and Renault's Fernando Alonso pursued a private duel at the top of the timesheets in final Chinese Grand Prix practice on Saturday.

Schumacher was the quickest, 0.172 seconds ahead of champion Alonso, on a damp track after morning drizzle at an overcast circuit.

The seven-times world champion lags the 25-year-old Spaniard by two points with two races remaining after Sunday's showdown in Shanghai.

Briton Jenson Button, a first time winner for Honda in Hungary last month, followed the title contenders with the third best time.

The two V10-powered Toro Rossos of Italian Vitantonio Liuzzi and American Scott Speed were a surprising fourth and fifth.

McLaren's Kimi Raikkonen, Schumacher's replacement at Ferrari next year, spun twice towards the end of the session and failed to set a timed lap.


  1.  Michael Schumacher (Germany)     Ferrari                1:40.193
  2.  Fernando Alonso (Spain)          Renault                1:40.365
  3.  Jenson Button (Britain)          Honda                  1:40.590
  4.  Vitantonio Liuzzi (Italy)        Toro Rosso - Cosworth  1:40.795
  5.  Scott Speed (U.S.)               Toro Rosso - Cosworth  1:41.150
  6.  Mark Webber (Australia)          Williams - Cosworth    1:41.287
  7.  Christijan Albers (Netherlands)  MF1 - Toyota           1:41.463
  8.  Giancarlo Fisichella (Italy)     Renault                1:41.691
  9.  Pedro de la Rosa (Spain)         McLaren                1:41.823
 10.  David Coulthard (Britain)        RedBull - Ferrari      1:41.836
 11.  Nico Rosberg (Germany)           Williams - Cosworth    1:42.588
 12.  Tiago Monteiro (Portugal)        MF1 - Toyota           1:42.612
 13.  Nick Heidfeld (Germany)          BMW Sauber             1:43.216
 14.  Rubens Barrichello (Brazil)      Honda                  1:43.448
 15.  Felipe Massa (Brazil)            Ferrari                1:43.500
 16.  Takuma Sato (Japan)              Super Aguri - Honda    1:43.722
 17.  Jarno Trulli (Italy)             Toyota                 1:44.027
 18.  Robert Doornbos (Netherlands)    RedBull - Ferrari      1:45.434
 19.  Ralf Schumacher (Germany)        Toyota                 1:46.023
 20.  Sakon Yamamoto (Japan)           Super Aguri - Honda    1:46.850
nc.   Robert Kubica (Poland)           BMW Sauber                    
nc.   Kimi Raikkonen (Finland)         McLaren

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