GP - 1st Friday Practice Session
David Coulthard sets the fastest time of the session with a stunning time of 1:18.763 which is only 0.224 seconds off the pole time of last year. Rubens Barrichello is second ahead of Michael Schumacher and Mika Hakkinen. Panis, Heidfeld, Trulli, Raikkonen, Ralf Schumacher and Montoya make the top 10.
60 min: Mika Hakkinen takes third from Panis with a time of 1:19.569.
60 min: David Coulthard responds to Michael Schumacher and sets a time of 1:18.763. Stunning!
60 min: Final lap for everyone
59 min: Olivier Panis moves up to 3rd!, his time is 1:20.119 and just under 1 second off the pace.
58 min: Michael Schumacher retakes top spot with a time of 1:19.166.
57 min: Both Minardi's appear to have problems here. They are in 20th and 21st and are over 10 seconds off the pace. Jos Verstappen will not run this session due to a problem with his car.
56 min: Frentzen improves to 10th place while Alesi moves into 12th.
55 min: Nick Heidfeld moves into 4th with a time of 1:20.378. Amazing performance from the Sauber.
54 min: Coulthard takes top spot from Michael with a time time of 1:19.498! This is just over a second off pole time of last year!
53 min: David Coulthard improves in 2nd place. He is now 0.225 seconds behind Michael Schumacher.
52 min: Eddie Irvine moves into 11th place ahead of Frentzen. He is just over 2 seconds off the pace.
51 min: Top 10 - M Schumacher, Coulthard, Barrichello, Trulli, R Schumacher, Montoya, Raikkonen, Hakkinen, Heidfeld and Panis.
50 min: Villeneuve has crashed his car. He is OK, suspected suspension problem.
49 min: Villeneuve responds and is up in 12th place. Still the slowest of the Honda runners and 2.258 seconds off the pace.
48 min: Kimi Raikkonen is up in 7th place just over a second off the pace. This is his first time on this track. Sensational!
47 min: Local hero Jacques Villeneuve is way back in 17th place almost 3 seconds off the pace!
46 min: Pedro de la Rosa moves ahead of his team-mate in 12th place with a time of 1:22.159.
45 min: Barrichello improves slightly but remains in 3rd. Trulli also improves but remains in 4th.
44 min: Olivier Panis takes 9th place from Frentzen with a time of 1:21.309. He is over 1.5 seconds off the pace though
43 min: Only Michael Schumacher and David Coulthard have set times under the 1:20 mark so far. But that is over a second faster than this time last year!
42 min: Top 10 - M Schumacher, Coulthard, Barrichello, Trulli, R Schumacher, Montoya, Hakkinen, Heidfeld, Frentzen and Panis.
41 min: Michael Schumacher takes the top spot back with a time of 1:19.658.
40 min: 20 minutes remaining in the session.
39 min: The 2 Ferrari's are back on the track and so is Ralf Schumacher and Olivier Panis.
38 min: Eddie Irvine in 12th has now covered the most laps with 14.
37 min: Nick Heidfeld moves into 8th ahead of Frentzen.
36 min: Out of the top 7 (separated by under a second), Trulli is the surprise so far in 4th place. He is mixing it with Ferrari, McLaren and Williams while the other Honda runners are over 1.5 seconds off the pace!
35 min: David Coulthard takes top spot with a time of 1:19.977 just 0.016 faster than Michael Schumacher.
34 min: Jos Verstappen has yet to set a time. Benetton seem to be doing better here with Fisichella up in 13th and Button in 16th.
33 min: Montoya takes 6th from Hakkinen while Eddie Irvine spins but recovers.
32 min: Only 6 cars on the track at the moment. Top 10 - M Schumacher, Barrichello, Coulthard, Trulli, R Schumacher, Montoya, Hakkinen, Frentzen, Panis and Raikkonen.
31 min: David Coulthard goes third with a time of 1:20.266. The stage is set!
30 min: Mika Hakkinen moves into 5th on his first timed lap. His time was 1:20.888.
29 min: Pedro de la Rosa has covered the most number of laps so far with 12. He is in 15th place.
28 min: Mika Hakkinen finally goes out on the track and is followed by Coulthard. We'll see how they fair against the Ferrari's
27 min: Olivier Panis moves into 8th with a time of 1:22.150. That is over 2 seconds off the pace.
26 min: No times set for Coulthard, Hakkinen, Fisichella and Verstappen.
25 min: Ralf Schumacher goes straight into 4th place with a time of 1:20.665 while Barrichello moves closer to Michael with a time of 1:20.215.
24 min: Top 10 - M Schumacher, Trulli, Barrichello, Montoya, Raikkonen, Frentzen, Alesi, Irvine, Heidfeld and Bernoldi.
23 min: Michael Schumacher drops below the 1:20 mark. Amazing!, Barrichello moves into 3rd with a time of 1:21.155
22 min: Jarno Trulli takes 2nd place with a time of 1:20.585, Neither McLaren have come out yet.
21 min: Michael Schumacher goes even faster with a time of 1:20.282. Already faster than the fastest time set here on this session last year and we are only a third of the way through!
20 min: Juan Pablo Montoya goes fastest. His time is 1:21.477.
19 min: Frentzen moves into 4th with a time of 1:23.178 as local hero Jacques Villeneuve goes out on the track.
18 min: Michael Schumacher finally goes out on the track. Trulli goes first with a time of 1:21.560!
17 min: Juan Pablo Montoya moves into 1st with a time of 1:22.528. Trulli on a fast lap.
16 min: More cars join the action with the 2 Jordan's and Raikkonen.
16 min: Top 6 - Irvine, Bernoldi, Burti, Montoya, de la Rosa and Alonso.
16 min: Luciano Burti takes 3rd from Montoya with a time of 1:27.861.
15 min: Montoya moves into 3rd with a time of 1:29.311. This is the first time for the Colombian on this track.
14 min: Tarso Marques sets a time of 1:35.472 while Bernoldi improves in 2nd with a time of 1:23.249. Montoya and de la Rosa on track.
13 min: Luciano Burti is on the track for Prost. Another team who have introduced major changes at Monaco.
12 min: Irvine takes top spot back with a time of 1:23.003. The times are fairly quick already!
11 min: Bernoldi goes fastest with a time of 1:23.925!
10 min: Eddie Irvine goes fastest with a time of 1:27.156 as Tarso Marques goes out on the track.
9 min: Eddie Irvine is on the track anxious to see how his car performs here with the new aerodynamic package.
8 min: Enrique Bernoldi sets a lap time of 1:33.049 just slightly faster than Alonso. These 2 are new to this track.
7 min: Fernando Alonso sets a lap time of 1:33.638 in the Minardi.
6 min: Enrique Bernoldi and Fernando Alonso are the first 2 to start their first timed laps.
5 min: No timed laps yet. The track is dirty and lacks grip. The first timed laps are expected to be fairly slow.
4 min: All the drivers have now completed their installation lap except for the Ferrari pair and Raikkonen.
2 min: Villeneuve and the 2 Benettons go out. Michael Schumacher is still in the pits.
1 min: The first cars out are getting back into the pits while Coulthard and Hakkinen have just left the pits.
Session underway and the cars go out on their installation lap with Alonso and Irvine heading the pack.
There has been some concern in the Ferrari camp about the fuel consumption levels here and how that will effect their pit stop strategy. Session starting in 2 minutes.
This is the first track this season were the cars will run in low downforce configuration. It will be very interesting to see how the Williams BMW will perform against the McLaren and Ferrari. It will also be the first real test for the aerodynamic packages for Jaguar, Prost and BAR teams. Session starting in 5 minutes.
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