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European Grand Prix
Second Friday Practice Session
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Second Friday Practice Session Report - Results
The McLaren duo of Mika Hakkinen and
David Coulthard continued their dominant form this session setting
stunning lap times in the mid 1:16's. Ralf Schumacher improved
significantly over the first session thanks to a rise in the temperature
making the Michelin tyres work better. Despite that he was a massive 0.947
seconds behind Mika Hakkinen. Michael Schumacher was 4th over a second off
the pace while Rubens Barrichello was 5th 1.257 seconds behind.
Several drivers went off the track and
while most recovered, Frentzen was stuck in the gravel and so was
Villeneuve. Irvine, Marques, Panis and Michael Schumacher all had offs but
Michael Schumacher trying all he can to reduce the gap to McLaren covered the most number of laps this session with 33 followed by Olivier Panis with 27 and Fernando Alonso with 26. Frentzen only managed 4 laps before he went off while Luciano Burti covered 6 laps before his car failed. Verstappen only did 15 laps while most of the other drivers covered between 18 and 24 laps.
For both sessions, Panis covered the most laps with 50 ahead of Michael Schumacher with 49 and both Jean Alesi and Pedro de la Rosa with 47 each. Frentzen covered the least number of laps with 17.
This is certainly a worry for Ferrari as not only does McLaren appear to have the upper hand here but given the warmer conditions expected over the next 2 days, Williams could move ahead of Ferrari and closer to McLaren.
But this is only practice and will never
know for sure the true pace of these cars until qualifying, however having
to make up a whole second is going to be tough for both Ferrari and