GP - Qualifying Session
Juan Pablo Montoya grabs his 3rd Pole position of
the season ahead of Michael Schumacher and Rubens Barrichello. Kimi
Raikkonen was 5th ahead of Giancarlo Fisichella. Nick Heidfeld, David
Coulthard, Jacques Villeneuve and Jarno Trulli make the top 10.
60 min: Coulthard fails to improve as he spins on his final run.
60 min: Michael Schumacher aborts his run too!
59 min: Montoya aborts his run and pits. Barrichello and Raikkonen don't improve.
59 min: Michael Schumacher and Rubens Barrichello on track for their final run. The conditions won't help anyone to improve.
58 min: Ralf Schumacher on his last run but is over half a second behind in the second sector.
57 min: Pedro de la Rosa spins but recovers. He is in 16th at the moment!
57 min: Juan Pablo Montoya returns to the track. There is light rain on the circuit.
56 min: Fisichella impressive in 6th!
55 min: And Alex Yoong stops on the track. Fisichella on a flyer!
54 min: Villeneuve has a problem and stops on the track. He is currently in 8th.
53 min: Frentzen finally moves ahead of his team-mate but is only 18th!
52 min: Jenson Button moves into 13th while Irvine improves to 14th. Frentzen is back in 20th for some reason despite having 3 runs!
51 min: Barrichello on track.
50 min: Michael Schumacher improves but remains in second with a time of 1:13.018
49 min: Michael Schumacher starts his 3 run and at the first sector is slower than Montoya!
48 min: The track temperature is dropping and that could explain the reason for the drivers not improving.
47 min: Ralf Schumacher doesn't improve while Montoya aborts his run and pits!
47 min: Villeneuve moves into 8th with a time of 1:14.564.
46 min: Coulthard improves but remains in 7th with a time of 1:14.385. Villeneuve on a flyer!
45 min: Juan Pablo Montoya follows too for his third run.
44 min: David Coulthard returns to the track after aborting his second run. Ralf Schumacher on track as well.
43 min: Eddie Irvine in 21st is the only driver to have completed just 1 run. All others have completed 2 runs.
42 min: Rubens Barrichello moves into 3rd with a time of 1:13.280. Panis moves into 10th with a time of 1:14.713.
41 min: Michael Schumacher improves into second with a time of 1:13.114. He is 0.278 seconds behind Montoya.
40 min: Trulli hits the wall. He is OK but his car is damaged. He is 9th at this stage.
39 min: Villeneuve moves up into 11th with a time of 1:14.840. Frentzen is in 17th!
38 min: The 2 Ferraris are on the track as well for their second run.
37 min: Villeneuve and Trulli are also on track. They too have only completed 1 run.
36 min: Mark Webber is up in 18th ahead of Panis, Irvine, Frentzen but those three have only done 1 run against 2 for Webber. Yoong is in 22nd.
35 min: Top 10 - Montoya, R Schumacher, M Schumacher, Barrichello, Raikkonen, Heidfeld, Coulthard, Fisichella, Trulli and Massa.
34 min: Coulthard aborted his run due to the Sato incident.
32 min: Takuma Sato moves into 11th with a time of 1:14.940 but then blows his engine!
31 min: Kimi Raikkonen takes 5th from Heidfeld with a time of 1:14.018.
30 min: Felipe Massa takes 10th from Pedro de la Rosa.
29 min: Kimi Raikkonen back on the track for his second run and so is Fisichella.
28 min: Nick Heidfeld moves into 5th with a time of 1:14.139 while Pedro de la Rosa is up in 10th!
27 min: Ralf Schumacher moves into second with a time of 1:13.301 just ahead of Michael Schumacher.
26 min: Montoya is faster on the second split and he takes provisional pole with a time of 1:12.836!
26 min: Montoya starts his flying lap. He is faster on the first split!
25 min: The 2 Williams are back on the track for their second run. This time Montoya then Ralf.
24 min: Top 10 - M Schumacher, Barrichello, Montoya, Raikkonen, Coulthard, Fisichella, Trulli, R Schumacher, Heidfeld and Button.
23 min: Rubens Barrichello goes second with a time of 1:13.655
22 min: Michael Schumacher goes fastest with a time of 1:13.331. That is faster than his best this morning.
21 min: Jacques Villeneuve moves into 9th with a time of 1:15.357. Panis in 13th.
20 min: Giancarlo Fisichella goes 4th while Trulli moves into 5th!. Michael Schumacher on track.
19 min: David Coulthard takes 3rd with a time of 1:14.534. He is the first to set a time quicker than his best time from the morning practice.
18 min: Kimi Raikkonen moves into second with a time of 1:14.394. Coulthard starts his flyer.
17 min: Top 6 - Montoya, R Schumacher, Heidfeld, Button, Bernoldi and Massa.
16 min: Jenson Button moves into 4th with a time of 1:15.292. Raikkonen and Coulthard on track.
15 min: Felipe Massa goes 4th with a time of 1:16.162 after making a mistake. He is over 1.8 seconds off the pace.
14 min: Nick Heidfeld goes 3rd with a time of 1:15.027. Button and Bernoldi also on track.
14 min: Nick Heidfeld starts his first flying lap.
13 min: Nick Heidfeld and Felipe Massa are on the track. Alex Yoong goes out as well.
12 min: Juan Pablo Montoya goes faster with a time of 1:14.341 but remains slower than his best time this morning.
12 min: Ralf Schumacher sets the first time of the day with a 1:14.931. That is slower than his best this morning. Montoya about to complete his lap.
11 min: Ralf Schumacher starts his first flying lap.
10 min: Track temperature is up to 27 degrees while the air temperature is now 20 degrees.
9 min: Interestingly the 2 Williams are the first to go out on the track with Ralf first and Juan Pablo following!
7 min: BAR are using a heavily revised car here, the first under Geoff Willis, the new Technical Director. Despite a promising performance at all the practice sessions, Jacques Villeneuve doesn't expect to qualify in the top 10!. Still no cars on the track.
5 min: The track temperature is currently at 25 degrees. Still no cars on the track.
3 min: No cars on the track.
1 min: Unlike other qualifying sessions, we may see action early in the session as there is a chance of rain and the drivers would want to put in a 'banker' lap just in case.
Top 10 from this morning - M Schumacher, Montoya, Barrichello, Raikkonen, R Schumacher, Coulthard, Massa, Heidfeld, Villeneuve and Fisichella. Session starting in 2 minutes.
Michael Schumacher's time from this morning was already 2.4 seconds faster than the Pole time from last year. However the track has been slightly modified and made shorter. The Pole time this year might be over 3 seconds quicker than last year. Session starting in 4 minutes.
This morning Michael Schumacher was the fastest man on the track 0.25 seconds ahead of Juan Pablo Montoya. Rubens Barrichello was 3rd 0.8 seconds behind Michael although his session was cut short after crashing early on. Ralf Schumacher was 4th over a second off the pace. Expect qualifying to be close between these 4 drivers. Session starting in 6 minutes.
Session starting at 1:00 PM local time. It is cloudy with a temperature of 19 degrees.
Juan Pablo Montoya
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