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Last Updated: Saturday, 13 May 2006, 10:55 GMT 11:55 UK
Schumi leads in Spanish practice
Michael Schumacher
Schumacher asserted his authority with Saturday's quickest practice time
Michael Schumacher took the psychological edge over Fernando Alonso by setting the fastest time in final practice for the Spanish Grand Prix.

Ferrari's Schumacher, who has won the last two races, topped the times on Saturday ahead of qualifying.

Schumacher's lap of one minute 15.658 seconds was significantly faster than Friday's best in Barcelona.

Renault's Giancarlo Fisichella was 0.049secs behind, while team-mate Alonso just squeezed into the top 10.

Reigning world champion Alonso completed fewer laps than Schumacher - and he will expect a major improvement in qualifying for his home race.

Nick Heidfeld claimed third place for BMW-Sauber, one ahead of Red Bull's Christian Klien.

But Heidfeld's team-mate Jacques Villeneuve was unable to get the best out of his car after spinning into the gravel late in the session and ending up 17th.

David Coulthard in the other Red Bull prepared for his 200th Grand Prix by becoming fifth quickest.

Rubens Barrichello completed the top six, out-performing Honda team-mate Jenson Button who had to make do with 11th.


Spanish Grand Prix, Saturday practice times

1. Michael Schumacher (Ger) Ferrari 1:15.658
2. Giancarlo Fisichella (Ita) Renault 1:15.707
3. Nick Heidfeld (Ger) BMW Sauber 1:16.057
4. Christian Klien (Aut) Red Bull-Ferrari 1:16.277
5. David Coulthard (GB) Red Bull-Ferrari 1:16.352
6. Rubens Barrichello (Brz) Honda 1:16.399
7. Felipe Massa (Brz) Ferrari 1:16.410
8. Fernando Alonso (Esp) Renault 1:16.595
9. Juan Pablo Montoya (Col) McLaren-Mercedes 1:16.660
10. Kimi Raikkonen (Fin) McLaren-Mercedes 1:16.705
11. Jenson Button (GB) Honda 1:16.999
12. Scott Speed (US) Toro Rosso-Cosworth 1:17.004
13. Ralf Schumacher (Ger) Toyota 1:17.199
14. Vitantonio Liuzzi (Ita) Toro Rosso-Cosworth 1:17.240
15. Nico Rosberg (Ger) Williams-Cosworth 1:17.645
16. Mark Webber (Aus) Williams-Cosworth 1:17.743
17. Jacques Villeneuve (Can) BMW Sauber 1:17.924
18. Jarno Trulli (Ita) Toyota 1:18.411
19. Tiago Monteiro (Por) Midland-Toyota 1:18.747
20. Takuma Sato (Jpn) Super Aguri-Honda 1:18.857
21. Christijan Albers (Ned) Midland-Toyota 1:19.587
22. Franck Montagny (Fra) Super Aguri-Honda 1:20.031

Friday practice times

1. Anthony Davidson (GB) Honda 1:16.533
2. Robert Doornbos (Ned) Red Bull-Ferrari 1:16.824
3. Fernando Alonso (Spa) Renault 1:16.860
4. Alexander Wurz (Aut) Williams-Cosworth 1:17.075
5. Christian Klien (Aut) Red Bull-Ferrari 1:17.086
6. Michael Schumacher (Ger) Ferrari 1:17.100
7. Giancarlo Fisichella (Ita) Renault 1:17.291
8. Jenson Button (GB) Honda 1:17.414
9. Rubens Barrichello (Bra) Honda 1:17.417
10. Ralf Schumacher (Ger) Toyota 1:17.506
11. Jarno Trulli (Ita) Toyota 1:17.610
12. Nick Heidfeld (Ger) BMW Sauber 1:17.622
13. Robert Kubica (Pol) BMW Sauber 1:17.844
14. Mark Webber (Aus) Williams-Cosworth 1:17.908
15. Kimi Raikkonen (Fin) McLaren-Mercedes 1:17.933
16. Jacques Villeneuve (Can) BMW Sauber 1:18.007
17. Felipe Massa (Brz) Ferrari 1:18.223
18. Juan Pablo Montoya (Col) McLaren-Mercedes 1:18.261
19. Nico Rosberg (Ger) Williams-BMW 1:18.283
20. David Coulthard (GB) Red Bull 1:18.410
21. Neel Jani (Swi) Toro Rosso-Cosworth 1:18.774
22. Giorgio Mondini (Swi) Midland-Toyota 1:18.910
23. Scott Speed (US) Toro Rosso-Cosworth 1:19.257
24. Vitantonio Liuzzi (Ita) Toro Rosso-Cosworth 1:19.334
25. Christijan Albers (Ned) Midland-Toyota 1:19.358
26. Takuma Sato (Jpn) Super Aguri-Honda 1:19.616
27. Tiago Monteiro (Por) Midland-Toyota 1:20.311
28. Franck Montagny (Fra) Super Aguri-Honda 1:22.222



SEE ALSO
Schumacher confident for Spain GP
12 May 06 |  Formula One
Alonso unfazed by Ferrari revival
11 May 06 |  Formula One
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11 May 06 |  Formula One
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08 May 06 |  Formula One


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