Mark Webber was the highest profile faller at the first fence in qualifying for the Spanish Grand Prix, the Australian unable to make the most of Red Bull Racing's new developments after succumbing to a suspected hydraulic failure.

Webber made one run in the 15-minute opening session, but it was not good enough to keep him in the top 16, the #15 car eventually tumbling to 19th, where he will start on Sunday unless others run into problems. The two Spykers trailed the Australian, while Scott Speed completed a miserable session for Red Bull when an electrical problem prevented him from event setting a lap in the second of two Toro Rosso entries.

The remaining two spots in the drop zone were closely contested right to the chequered flag - and beyond - as Ralf Schumacher, Rubens Barrichello, Giancarlo Fisichella, Jenson Button, Jarno Trulli and Alex Wurz all took turns in P16-17. The rapidly-evolving session eventually saw Schumacher and Wurz miss out, the Austrian continuing a disappointing run of qualifying results in the Williams after coming across traffic on his fastest laps.

Trulli ensured that Toyota had at least one works car in the second session, as well as one customer car in the shape of Nico Rosberg, a fillip for the Italian after a difficult opening day. Surprisingly given recent results, both Hondas made it through to Q2, as did the Super Aguris of Takuma Sato and Anthony Davidson. Tonio Liuzzi gave Toro Rosso something to smile about after just making the cut.

Lewis Hamilton topped the times with his one and only flying lap, heading Felipe Massa - who lost valuable tenths with an oversteering Ferrari - Fernando Alonso, Nick Heidfeld and Heikki Kovalainen. Kimi Raikkonen was sixth fastest.

 

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