MELBOURNE: On a drying track, Felipe Massa and Kimi Raikkonen showed Ferrari's winter testing wasn't wrong as the teammates led the second session of Friday's practices for Sunday's season-opening Australian Grand Prix.

In the morning, World champion Fernando Alonso started his 2007 season like he finished the last after setting the pace in the first session under damp conditions.

The Spaniard, sporting the No. 1 on his car once again, this time with new team McLaren, completed the 5.303 km Albert Park circuit with a fastest time of 1 minute, 29.214 seconds, 1.493 ahead of the next fastest driver and possibly his biggest rival this season, Massa.

The Ferraris took the initiative in the afternoon practice, with Massa leading with 1:27.353 and Raikkonen second in 1:27.750. Alonso was seventh in the second practice with 1:28.040.

Fine weather forecast

The Melbourne track, wet after early morning rain, dried for the afternoon session. Fine weather is forecast for Saturday and Sunday.

Alonso, who left Renault at the end of last season, is looking to earn McLaren its first victory since the Japan GP in October 2005.

BMW-Sauber test driver Sebastian Vettel finished third fastest with 1:30.857 in the first practice. AP

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