Of the six drivers to fall foul of the drop zone in second qualifying for the Spanish Grand Prix, three ran into problems severe enough to prevent them from setting representative lap times.

Tonio Liuzzi and Anthony Davidson propped up the last 16 runners, the Italian unable to set a time at all after running into similar gearbox problems to those which prevented Toro Rosso team-mate Scott Speed from completing a lap in session one. Davidson, meanwhile, had two off-track excursions in the 15-minute session, the first at turn three and the second, more severely, at turn nine. The Super Aguri was fortunate not to make contact with anything solid, but the Briton was left with no chance to post a time.

Davidson's team-mate, Takuma Sato, at least managed to get one flying lap under his belt, but then stopped out on track as he attempted to make a second run. The Japanese driver still managed to best former BAR team-mate Jenson Button, however, after the Briton failed to rise above 14th spot following a moment across the kerbs on his second effort.

It was not a good session for Honda, with Rubens Barrichello also missing the cut, despite finding time on his second run, while Nico Rosberg filled the final spot in the bottom six after his Williams failed to find the handful of tenths that would have taken him into the top ten.

Felipe Massa put Ferrari at the head of the timesheets for the first time all weekend, edging Lewis Hamilton and their respective team-mates, Kimi Raikkonen and Fernando Alonso in the process. Nick Heidfeld completed the top ten, while David Coulthard made the final session for the first time this season.

Both Renaults also made the cut for the first time, being joined by the second BMW of Robert Kubica and Jarno Trulli's Toyota.

 

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