GP - 1st Friday Practice session:
Michael Schumacher dominates the session setting a time that is 0.75 seconds faster than Jarno Trulli in second. Rubens Barrichello, Mika Hakkinen, Ralf Schumacher and Jean Alesi make the top 6.
60 min: Hakkinen improves his time but remains in 4th.
60 min: Final laps ...
59 min: Trulli takes second back with a time of 1:49.404. The Jordan seems competitive here.
58 min: Eddie Irvine moves into 11th place with a time of 1:53.087
57 min: Top 10 - M Schumacher, Barrichello, Trulli, Hakkinen, R Schumacher, Alesi, Raikkonen, Heidfeld, Montoya and Fisichella.
56 min: Barrichello retakes 2nd place from Trulli. He is now 0.8 seconds behind Michael
55 min: Ralf Schumacher takes 5th from Alesi!
54 min: Jean Alesi gets closer to Trulli as he moves into 5th place with a time of 1:51.631
53 min: Montoya moves into 9th with a time 1:53.063.
51 min: Michael Schumacher has covered the most number of laps so far with 15 while Burti has yet to set a time. Coulthard and Villeneuve had spins and are out of the session.
50 min: Michael doesn't improve!
49 min: Trulli moves into second between the 2 Ferrari's. His time was a 1:49.612. That is 0.957 off the pace. Michael on another flyer!
48 min: Trulli on a flyer!
47 min: Fisichella impressive in the Benetton in 8th but that is 4 seconds off the pace. The Ferrari's so far are very dominant!
46 min: Mika Hakkinen improves his time but remains in 3rd. He remains almost 2 seconds off the pace!
44 min: Kimi Raikkonen in his first appearance here is up into 4th place!
42 min: Nick Heidfeld improves his time but remains in 7th. Kimi Raikkonen on track.
40 min: Jean Alesi moves into 9th.
38 min: Top 10 - M Schumacher, Barrichello, Hakkinen, R Schumacher, Raikkonen, Trulli, Heidfeld, Fisichella, Montoya and Frentzen.
37 min: Rubens Barrichello improves in second with a time of 1:49.624.
37 min: Luciano Burti has yet to set a time. He went wide on his first flyer and returned to the pits and has yet to come out again.
36 min: Ralf Schumacher remains in 4th.
35 min: Rubens Barrichello on a flyer now!
34 min: Ralf Schumacher is back on the track.
32 min: That time must have stunned everyone, not much action on the track!
29 min: Michael Schumacher goes fastest with a time of 1:48.655 - Amazing!!
28 min: Michael Schumacher really flying!
26 min: Nick Heidfeld moves into 7th place while Panis takes 11th.
26 min: Michael Schumacher is back on track.
25 min: Jarno Trulli moves into 6th place.
24 min: Jacques Villeneuve in the gravel after losing the back end. His session is over!
23 min: Top 10 - Barrichello, Hakkinen, M Schumacher, R Schumacher, Raikkonen, Fisichella, Montoya, Frentzen, Alesi and Verstappen.
22 min: Mika Hakkinen moves into 2nd with a time of 1:50.923
21 min: Ralf Schumacher moves into 3rd with a time of 1:52.089
20 min: Heinz Harald Frentzen in the Prost moves into 3rd with a time of 1:53.673.
19 min: Ralf Schumacher moves into 7th with a time of 1:54.531. Montoya on track.
18 min: Coulthard spins and hits the wall!. Session over for him!
17 min: David Coulthard on track as well as Ralf Schumacher and Jacques Villeneuve.
17 min: Rubens Barrichello goes fastest with a time of 1:50.337
16 min: Jean Alesi moves into 3rd in his Jordan.
15 min: Top 6 - M Schumacher, Barrichello, Irvine, Verstappen, de la Rosa and Alonso.
14 min: Michael Schumacher improves in 1st with a time of 1:50.951
14 min: Irvine goes third with a time of 1:54.839
13 min: Irvine goes third with a time of 1:54.839
12 min: Rubens Barrichello clocks a 1:53.791.
11 min: Michael Schumacher clocks a 1:51.072! (already more than 2 seconds faster than last year!)
10 min: Rubens Barrichello follows and so does Irvine.
9 min: Michael Schumacher is the first to start a flying lap.
8 min: No timed laps yet.
6 min: The 2 Ferrari's are finally on the track for their shakedown lap.
4 min: Frentzen and Button go out on their shakedown lap.
2 min: Most drivers have completed their shakedown lap except for the Ferrari's and a few others.
Session underway and Nick Heidfeld is the first man on the track. He is followed by a number of cars.
The weather usually plays a crucial role at Spa and this year seems to be no exception. Showers are forecast all through the weekend. Session starting in 2 minutes
With Ferrari and Michael Schumacher winning both titles in Hungary 2 weeks ago, all eyes are on the battle for second place between Coulthard, Barrichello and Ralf Schumacher. Michael Schumacher also has the chance of breaking the record for the most number of wins after equalling the record at the Hungaroring 2 weeks ago. Session starting in 5 minutes
Session starting at 11:00 AM local time. It is cloudy with the air temperature at 16 degrees.