GP - 1st Friday Practice Session
Session over with David Coulthard ahead of Mika Hakkinen and Michael Schumacher. Barrichello, Trulli, Raikkonen, Panis, Villeneuve, Heidfeld and Ralf Schumacher make the top 10.
60 min: Michael Schumacher improves to 3rd but remains 0.879 seconds behind Coulthard.
59 min: Final run for the drivers. Most cars are on the track.
58 min: The Ferrari's are over a second behind the McLaren's here with Trulli in 5th over 1.867 behind Coulthard.
57 min: It doesn't look like Marques will be able to set a time this session.
56 min: Top 10 - Coulthard, Hakkinen, Barrichello, M Schumacher, Trulli, Raikkonen, Panis, Heidfeld, R Schumacher and Villeneuve
56 min: Mika Hakkinen improves his time but remains in 2nd with a time of 1:17.022
55 min: David Coulthard fastest with a 1:16.888 - Amazing lap time!
54 min: Montoya improves in 11th just under half a second behind his team-mate. (in 9th)
53 min: Coulthard improves in 2nd with a time of 1:17.513. Villeneuve moves into 10th place.
52 min: Rubens Barrichello moves into 3rd ahead of Michael Schumacher. His time was 1:17.912
51 min: Mika Hakkinen improves his time at the top of the timesheet with a time of 1:17.268.
50 min: David Coulthard improves slightly but remains 0.095 seconds behind Hakkinen.
49 min: The top 3 are in the 1:17's while Barrichello is the only car in the 1:18's
48 min: Villeneuve improves to 11th on his 2nd run. Hakkinen on track.
47 min: Olivier Panis improves to 7th as Coulthard goes out on the track.
46 min: Pedro de la Rosa is in 14th place having covered the most number of laps so far with 20!.
45 min: Michael Schumacher improves again in 3rd. He is now under half a second behind Hakkinen.
44 min: Top 10 - Hakkinen, Coulthard, M Schumacher, Barrichello, Trulli, Raikkonen, Heidfeld, R Schumacher, Panis and Montoya.
43 min: Ralf Schumacher improves to 7th place with a time of 1:19.500.
42 min: Michael Schumacher takes 3rd spot from his team-mate. He is now 0.802 seconds off the pace.
41 min: At the moment, the 2 McLaren's are in the 1:17's, the 2 Ferrari's are in the 1:18's while the best of the rest Jarno Trulli is in the 1:19's !
41 min: Michael Schumacher improves again but remains in 4th just over 0.8 seconds behind Hakkinen.
40 min: Michael Schumacher improves his time but not his position. He is still over a second off the pace. Trulli improves to 5th!
39 min: Jarno Trulli improves to 6th. He is still 2 seconds off the pace of Hakkinen!
38 min: Jarno Trulli jumps into 7th on his first timed lap. His time was 1:19.866.
37 min: Michael Schumacher returns to the track. He is in 4th place over a second behind Hakkinen.
36 min: Montoya improves to 9th place. Button sets a time of 1:22.481 in 16th place.
35 min: Marques, Button, Trulli and Irvine have not set times yet. (Irvine is out of the session as his car stopped on his installation lap.)
34 min: Top 10 - Hakkinen, Coulthard, Barrichello, M Schumacher, Heidfeld, R Schumacher, Panis, Raikkonen, Frentzen and Villeneuve
33 min: Hakkinen's time was 1:17.515 which is quicker than the pole time of last year!
33 min: Hakkinen and Coulthard clock times in the 1:17's
32 min: Rubens Barrichello moves into 2nd with a time of 1:8.514.
31 min: The pole time of last year was 1:17.529. It could be broken today!
30 min: Frentzen and Barrichello go through the gravel but recover.
30 min: David Coulthard jumps to the top of the timesheets with a time of 1:18.227.
29 min: Pedro de la Rosa has so far covered the most number of laps with 13.
28 min: Ralf Schumacher moves into 4th with a time of 1:19.809. Coulthard on track.
27 min: Mika Hakkinen jumps into 2nd just 0.086 seconds behind Michael's time. The laps times are simply stunning!
26 min: Mika Hakkinen and Ralf Schumacher on the track.
26 min: Nick Heidfeld moves into 2nd with a time of 1:19.486. Panis moves into 4th.
25 min: Top 10 - M Schumacher, Frentzen, Raikkonen, Villeneuve, Heidfeld, Panis, Montoya, Bernoldi, Alesi and Fisichella.
24 min: Michael Schumacher goes fastest with a time of 1:18.672. Stunning!
23 min: Raikkonen tops the timesheets with a time of 1:20.608. Michael Schumacher is on a flying lap.
22 min: Panis moves into 2nd just a fraction behind Villeneuve.
21 min: Villeneuve takes the top spot with a time of 1:21.011 and his team-mate Panis is in 5th place.
20 min: Villeneuve moves into 2nd place with a time of 1:21.535 as Panis and Raikkonen join the action.
19 min: Both Montoya and Bernoldi although in their 1st year in F1 have raced here in their F3000 days.
18 min: Michael Schumacher on the track as Montoya improves again to 1:21.267.
17 min: Top 6 - Montoya, Bernoldi, de la Rosa, Alesi, Burti and Villeneuve.
16 min: Montoya goes fastest with a time of 1:21.677.
15 min: Montoya moves into 2nd with a time of 1:21.907. Villeneuve on track.
14 min: Alesi sets a time of 1:23.018.
13 min: Bernoldi goes off into the gravel but recovers. Pedro de la Rosa sets a time of 1:23.521. Montoya and Burti on track.
12 min: Bernoldi improves to 1:21.854 while Pedro de la Rosa and Jean Alesi go out on the track.
11 min: That is an interesting time from Bernoldi. Being the first lap on a dirty track and it is less than 2 seconds slower than the fastest time here on the 1st practice last year. The times will tumble!
10 min: Bernoldi sets a time of 1:22.863.
8 min: Fernando Alonso and Enrique Bernoldi are on their first timed laps.
7 min: Jenson Button goes out on his installation lap. Benetton are expecting a major improvement from the next GP!
5 min: Still no action on the track!
3 min: No timed laps yet.
2 min: All the cars have completed their installation laps with the exception of the 2 Ferrari's and Button.
1 min: Drama for Eddie Irvine as he stops his car on the installation lap. His session is over!
Session underway as several cars go out on the track for their installation lap with Irvine leading the pack.
It will be interesting to see how Ferrari, McLaren and Williams compare on this track and which team will be at an advantage. The track requires a relatively high downforce configuration and the weather is fairly unpredictable although current forecasts predict a dry weekend. Session starting in 2 minutes.
Both Heinz Harald Frentzen and Nick Heidfeld have been given the go-ahead to race this weekend. Frentzen withdrew from the Canadian GP after crashing during Friday practice while Heidfeld suffered headaches after crashing during qualifying and from the accident with Irvine during the Canadian GP. Both missed the testing session at Silverstone last week. Session starting in 5 minutes.
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