GP - 2nd Friday Practice:
Mika Hakkinen sets the fastest time of the day ahead of David Coulthard and Rubens Barrichello. M Schumacher, Frentzen, Heidfeld, de la Rosa, R Schumacher, Trulli and Raikkonen make the top 10.
60 min: A few drivers are practicing starts at the end of the session.
58 min: The times will not improve any more but a number of drivers are on the track to check the conditions.
57 min: We have a wet track now and a few cars have already spun in the wet with Alonso off the track!
55 min: The track temperature is dropping so it is unlikely that we will see a lot of improvements in the final 5 minutes.
53 min: Jacques Villeneuve makes up a few places moving into 11th just ahead of Panis.
52 min: Top 10 - Hakkinen, Coulthard, Barrichello, M Schumacher, Frentzen, Heidfeld, de la Rosa, R Schumacher, Trulli and Raikkonen.
50 min: There is light rain on the track at the moment. The forecasts were correct!
49 min: It is unlikely that the 2 McLarens are running a lighter fuel load than the Ferrari but it is also unlikely that the Ferraris are over 0.7s seconds slower in similar trim - Strange!
48 min: Olivier Panis improves to 11th, 1.7 seconds off the pace.
47 min: Mika Hakkinen takes the top spot from his team-mate with a time of 1:22.827.
45 min: Villeneuve improves again but is still in 17th. His team-mate Panis is in 12th while Trulli is 9th and Frentzen in 5th (comparing the Honda powered cars)
44 min: Rubens Barrichello improves to 3rd ahead of his team-mate with a time of 1:23.578.
43 min: Pedro de la Rosa jumps into 7th with a time of 1:24.116. Impressive if he is not running a lighter fuel load!
42 min: Top 10 - Coulthard, Hakkinen, M Schumacher, Barrichello, Frentzen, Heidfeld, R Schumacher, Trulli, Raikkonen and Irvine.
40 min: Villeneuve improves marginally as he is way down in 17th place!
39 min: Jean Alesi moves up to 12th place with a 1:24.832. He is just under 2 seconds off the pace.
37 min: Rubens Barrichello improves to 4th with a time of 1:23.652 just behind his team-mate.
35 min: Alonso spins but recovers.
34 min: Not much activity with just a few cars on the track. It seems that teams are anticipating rain at any time!
33 min: No, he lost some time in the second sector. Meanwhile Fisichella is now in 21st place!
32 min: Michael Schumacher is on the track and looking set to improve!
30 min: It is dry but threatening to rain at any moment!
28 min: Top 10 - Coulthard, Hakkinen, M Schumacher, Frentzen, Heidfeld, R Schumacher, Barrichello, Trulli, Raikkonen and Irvine.
27 min: Ralf Schumacher improves to 6th place with a time of 1:24.222. Montoya improves to 13th place with a time of 1:25.267.
26 min: At the moment Fisichella is in last place with a time of 1:28.213. That is 5.3 seconds off the pace!
25 min: Nick Heidfeld improves further moving into 5th. He is 1.2 seconds off the pace.
24 min: Nick Heidfeld has caught up with his team-mate improving to 8th just behind Raikkonen.
23 min: Pedro de la Rosa finally sets his first timed lap of the day with a time of 1:26.799
22 min: The quick drop in lap times might be due to the teams running on lighter fuel loads early in the session fearing that it could rain soon.
21 min: David Coulthard goes fastest with a time of 1:22.894. That is 0.5 seconds faster than Hakkinen in 2nd.
20 min: Frentzen moves into 3rd place with a time of 1:23.877. The only driver other than Mika and Michael to clock a time in the 1:23's. Impressive!
19 min: Top 10 - Hakkinen, M Schumacher, Barrichello, Trulli, Raikkonen, Coulthard, R Schumacher, Irvine, Panis and Frentzen.
18 min: Eddie Irvine takes 8th from Panis. The Michelin runners appear to be doing better this session.
17 min: Fernando Alonso up in 16th place. He is over 3 seconds off the pace.
17 min: Olivier Panis improves to 8th place with a time of 1:24.835
16 min: At this stage Hakkinen and Michael Schumacher are in a class of their own while Barrichello, Trulli, Raikkonen and Coulthard are just under a second behind!
15 min: Fisichella is back on the track
14 min: Jarno Trulli takes 3rd but Barrichello takes it from him moments later.
14 min: Villeneuve spins but recovers, he is currently down in 12th place.
13 min: Top 10 - Hakkinen, M Schumacher, Raikkonen, Coulthard, Barrichello, Trulli, R Schumacher, Frentzen, Montoya and Irvine.
13 min: Mika Hakkinen goes fastest with a time of 1:23.431!
12 min: Kimi Raikkonen jumps into 2nd! His time is a 1:24.387. Coulthard takes 3rd.
11 min: Ralf Schumacher moves into 5th with a time of 1:24.615. A sign of improvement from Williams.
10 min: Michael Schumacher on the track and already pushing!
9 min: Top 10 - M Schumacher, Barrichello, Hakkinen, Coulthard, Frentzen, Raikkonen, Irvine, Panis, Villeneuve and Montoya.
8 min: Kimi Raikkonen improves to 6th while Montoya is now in 10th place.
7 min: Jenson Button is the first to improve moving to 13th with a time of 1:26.367.
5 min: Giancarlo Fisichella returns to the pits. He seems to be having a bad day only managing 6 laps so far!
4 min: Frentzen, Raikkonen and Montoya are also on the track. No improvements so far.
2 min: Showers are forecast this afternoon and it could rain towards the end of the session!
1 min: Irvine, Villeneuve and Fisichella join Alonso on the track.
Session underway and Fernando Alonso is the first car on the track this afternoon.
Michael Schumacher set a stunning lap time during the first session of 1:23.619. It will be interesting to see if the times are going to drop further. Session starting in 5 minutes
Session starting at 1:00 PM local time under cloudy weather conditions. The temperature is 18 degrees