GP - 1st Friday Practice
Final Order: Michael Schumacher, Rubens
Barrichello, Felipe Massa, Nick Heidfeld, Giancarlo Fisichella and Takuma
Sato make the top 6.
60 min: No improvements.
60 min: Rubens Barrichello goes off! - Yellow flags
60 min: Final lap!
59 min: Raikkonen improves into 18th!
58 min: Felipe Massa takes 3rd from his team-mate while Panis takes 10th from Ralf. So far Bridgestone seem to have an advantage with only 1 Michelin runner in the top 10.
57 min: Fisichella moves into 5th while Yoong improves in 22nd over 1.5 seconds slower than his team-mate Mark Webber.
56 min: Top 10 - M Schumacher, Barrichello, Heidfeld, Massa, Sato, Coulthard, Frentzen, Fisichella, Villeneuve and R Schumacher.
55 min: Frentzen improves again and moves into 7th. Villeneuve into 9th!
54 min: Frentzen takes 11th and Trulli and Villeneuve improve to 12th and 13th respectively.
53 min: Interesting that the 2 McLarens have done the least amount of laps so far with Raikkonen covering just 7 laps and Coulthard only 8.
52 min: Once again it seems that Button (11th) is getting the better of Trulli (15th).
51 min: So far the Ferraris are in a league of their own setting their times in the low 1:11's while Sauber behind them are in the low 1:12's and the rest in the mid 1:12's or higher!
50 min: Villeneuve is finally moving up from the back. He is now in 17th place with a time of 1:13.551.
49 min: Heidfeld in 3rd and Massa in 4th are separated by 0.001 seconds!
48 min: But Michael responds and takes 1st again with a time of 1:11.072. Heidfeld improves in 3rd and Massa in 4th.
47 min: Rubens Barrichello takes first from Michael with a time of 1:11.621
46 min: Massa improves in 4th with a time of 1:12.433. Four Ferrari powered cars at the top!
45 min: Michael Schumacher takes back the top spot with a stunning time of 1:11.821.
43 min: Michael Schumacher is back on the track. Expect the times to drop below the 1:12 mark before the end of this session!
42 min: Apart from Villeneuve who is down in 21st place, the Honda runners look fairly competitive so far.
42 min: His team-mate Takuma Sato goes into 5th!
41 min: Giancarlo Fisichella improves into 6th with a time of 1:12.672.
40 min: Top 10 - Heidfeld, M Schumacher, Barrichello, Massa, Coulthard, R Schumacher, Panis, Sato, Montoya and Fisichella.
39 min: Nick Heidfeld goes fastest with a time of 1:12.129!
38 min: Giancarlo Fisichella moves into 8th with a time of 1:12.907. Heidfeld fast!
37 min: Felipe Massa goes 3rd with a time of 1:12.459
36 min: Nick Heidfeld takes 7th from Bernoldi.
36 min: Enrique Bernoldi improves to 7th with a time of 1:13.170.
35 min: Ralf Schumacher takes 4th while Felipe Massa takes 5th.
34 min: David Coulthard improves and moves into 3rd with a time of 1:12.582 and not too far from the Ferraris.
33 min: Top 10 - M Schumacher, Barrichello, Panis, Montoya, Coulthard, Irvine, Button, Sato, R Schumacher and Salo.
32 min: Olivier Panis improves in 3rd with a time of 1:12.855. Michael also improves with a 1:12.131. Coulthard moves into 5th.
31 min: Raikkonen's first time is good for 17th place.
30 min: Rubens Barrichello responds and gets to within 0.027 seconds of his team-mate Michael!
30 min: Michael Schumacher improves in first with a time of 1:12.271.
29 min: Olivier Panis moves into 3rd with a time of 1:13.129. His team-mate Villeneuve is in 19th!. Raikkonen is the first of the McLarens to go for a timed lap.
28 min: Stunning! - Michael Schumacher goes fastest with a time of 1:12.393.
28 min: Rubens Barrichello sets the fastest time so far with a 1:12.876. Michael fast!
27 min: Michael Schumacher goes wide on his first timed lap setting a time of 1:22.105. Barrichello flying!
27 min: Eddie Irvine goes into second with a time of 1:13.378!
26 min: Montoya goes fastest with a time of 1:13.288. Neither McLaren nor Ferrari drivers have set a time yet.
25 min: Fisichella moves into second with a time of 1:13.658 while Bernoldi improves with a time of 1:13.724 (3rd).
24 min: Top 10: R Schumacher, McNish, Bernoldi, Heidfeld, Fisichella, Massa, Montoya, Sato, Frentzen and Trulli.
23 min: Ralf Schumacher takes it back with a time of 1:13.580. McNish in second!
23 min: Stunning! Bernoldi goes fastest with a time of 1:13.876.
22 min: Nick Heidfeld goes second and Fisichella moves into 3rd. Bernoldi on the track and flying!
21 min: Jacques Villeneuve slots behind his team-mate with a 1:17.637.
20 min: Ralf Schumacher moves straight to the top with a time of 1:14.281. Massa moves into second with a 1:14.579. Impressive from Massa given that this is his first time on this track!
19 min: More drivers join in including Heidfeld and McNish.
18 min: A number of cars are now back on the track including Ralf Schumacher, Jacques Villeneuve and Felipe Massa.
17 min: Not much action so far. The drivers don't want to practice on a 'green' track as the characteristics of this track change significantly over the weekend.
16 min: Oliver Panis sets a time of 1:15.935 and takes 3rd.
15 min: Mark Webber improves his time with a 1:15.495.
15 min: It will be interesting to see how the two tyres suppliers shape here.
14 min: Takuma Sato improves his time with a 1:14.871. Panis on the track.
13 min: Mark Webber improves but remains second with a time of 1:16.647.
12 min: Only 3 drivers have set times so far. This is the first time on this track for those 3.
10 min: Takuma Sato sets a time of 1:15.986 followed by Webber with a 1:16.998 while Yoong improves to a 1:18.801.
9 min: Takuma Sato and Mark Webber are also on the track.
8 min: Alex Yoong sets a time of 1:21.232. That is slow!
7 min: Jacques Villeneuve is also on the track. He is on his installation lap though!
6 min: Alex Yoong is the first driver to go back out on the track.
4 min: As usual, the 2 Ferrari's have not gone out yet. They usually go out last.
2 min: This is the shortest track on the calendar. The cars have returned to the pits after their installation lap. A number of drivers have not gone out yet.
Session underway and a number of cars go out on the track headed by Mark Webber. Minardi pulled out of the race in Spain following a number of wing failures during the practice sessions.
This weekend starts with the news that Rubens Barrichello has renewed his contract with Ferrari for the next 2 seasons. Both himself and Michael will end their contracts at the end of the 2004 season. Session starting in 2 minutes.
Session starting at 11:00 AM local time. It is partly cloudy with a temperature of 20 degrees.