GP - Qualifying Session
Michael Schumacher grabs pole
position ahead of Ralf Schumacher and Juan Pablo Montoya. Rubens
Barrichello, David Coulthard and Mika Hakkinen make the top 6.
60 min: With yellow flags, no one improves and Michael Schumacher grabs his 7th pole of the year ahead of his brother Ralf.
59 min: Montoya fails to improve and Coulthard spins! - yellow flags.
59 min: Montoya starts his final flying lap followed by Coulthard.
59 min: All the remaining drivers are on the track now for their final run!
58 min: Nick Heidfeld doesn't improve either.
58 min: Jacques Villeneuve doesn't improve in 11th.
57 min: Jacques Villeneuve starts his final run and so does Nick Heidfeld.
56 min: Heinz Harald Frentzen improves to 8th
55 min: Top 10 - M Schumacher, R Schumacher, Montoya, Barrichello, Coulthard, Hakkinen, Trulli, Raikkonen, Heidfeld and Villeneuve.
54 min: Heinz Harald Frentzen is the first to start his final run. He is in 11th.
53 min: Rubens Barrichello takes 4th from Coulthard with a time of 1:15.662.
53 min: Rubens Barrichello likely to improve.
52 min: Rubens Barrichello starts his 3rd run. Only Michael Schumacher has yet to start his 3rd run.
52 min: Juan Pablo Montoya aborts his flying lap!
51 min: Mika Hakkinen fails to improve and remains in 5th.
50 min: As with David, Mika is off the pace.
49 min: Hakkinen and the 2 Williams start their 3rd runs.
48 min: Villeneuve moves back to 10th 1.479 seconds off the pace.
47 min: Coulthard manages to move up to 4th but is 0.757 off the pace.
46 min: David Coulthard starts his flying lap but is off the pace!
45 min: Top 10 - M Schumacher, R Schumacher, Montoya, Hakkinen, Coulthard, Barrichello, Trulli, Raikkonen, Heidfeld and Frentzen
45 min: David Coulthard on track for his 3rd run!
44 min: Trulli remains in 7th while Barrichello aborts his lap!. Kimi Raikkonen is 8th.
43 min: Trulli and Barrichello on track for their 2nd run.
43 min: Michael Schumacher takes provisional pole position with a time of 1:14.960!
42 min: Michael Schumacher is fast on this lap!
41 min: Juan Pablo Montoya takes 2nd with a time of 1:15.490. That is 0.001 seconds faster than Michael !
40 min: Michael Schumacher on his second run.
39 min: Ralf Schumacher improves in 1st to 1:15.226!. Montoya on track.
38 min: Top 10 - R Schumacher, M Schumacher, Hakkinen, Coulthard, Barrichello, Montoya, Trulli, Frentzen, Villeneuve and Irvine.
37 min: Jacques Villeneuve moves back to 9th.
37 min: Mika Hakkinen takes 3rd from Coulthard with a 1:15.776.
36 min: Irvine improves to 9th with a time of 1:16.987. Ralf Schumacher goes out for his 2nd run.
35 min: Irvine starts his second run and so does Villeneuve and Panis.
34 min: David Coulthard improves but remains in 3rd with a time of 1:15.950. Hakkinen on track.
33 min: All drivers have completed their 1st run.
32 min: Trulli moves into 6th with a time of 1:16.271
32 min: Jarno Trulli on his 1st run while Coulthard starts his second run.
31 min: Top 10 - R Schumacher, M Schumacher, Coulthard, Barrichello, Montoya, Frentzen, Hakkinen, Raikkonen, Villeneuve and Panis.
30 min: Michael Schumacher clocks the 2nd fastest time with a 1:15.491. ).156 behind his brother.
29 min: Juan Pablo Montoya moves into 3rd.
29 min: Ralf Schumacher takes provisional pole with a 1:15.335.
28 min: Ralf Schumacher half a second quicker than Coulthard on the 2nd split!
27 min: The 2 Schumacher's and Montoya on track. Meanwhile Raikkonen moves into 3rd!
26 min: Top 6 - Coulthard, Hakkinen, Villeneuve, Panis, Irvine and Burti.
26 min: Eddie Irvine moves into 5th.
25 min: Mika Hakkinen moves into second with a time of 1:16.560. A lot slower than Coulthard (+0.487)
24 min: Mika Hakkinen, Olivier Panis, Jos Verstappen and Eddie Irvine on track.
23 min: Coulthard sets a 1:16.073 and takes provisional pole. His time is quicker than his best in the morning.
23 min: Coulthard looks set to top the timesheets at this stage as Alonso on the track.
22 min: Luciano Burti sets a time of 1:18.113 and moves into 2nd.
21 min: Coulthard's best time this morning was a 1:16.237
20 min: David Coulthard and Luciano Burti on track. A bit early for a McLaren!
19 min: Almost a third of the session gone and only 2 drivers have set times!
17 min: Jacques Villeneuve sets a time of 1:17.211.
16 min: His best time from this morning was a 1:17.006.
15 min: Jacques Villeneuve is the second driver to go out on the track!
13 min: So far only Tarso Marques driving the European Minardi has set a time.
9 min: Tarso Marques sets a time of 1:20.722 which is slower than his best time in practice.
8 min: He appeared to have a problem on his out lap as he slowed down but then managed to get going. He starts his flying lap.
8 min: His best time during practice was a 1:20.208. Let's see if he betters that.
7 min: Tarso Marques is the first driver to go out on his first run.
5 min: Still no one out on the track.
Session has started but no cars have come out. When there are no weather changes predicted, the cars usually come out 10 minutes into the session for their first run.
Michael Schumacher didn't cover any laps during the second practice session this morning after his car suffered mechanical problems. We'll have to see if this will have an effect on his performance during qualifying. Session starting in 2 minutes.
The temperatures have gone up since the morning and tomorrow's weather is expected to be even warmer so the tyre choice will be critical but it seems that the higher the temperature, the better the Michelin tyres perform giving the Williams team an advantage over Ferrari and McLaren. Session starting in 5 minutes.
Behind the top 3 teams there will be another exciting fight between Jordan, BAR and Sauber as they are running close to each other just behind the leading 3 teams. Don't be surprised if one of these cars grabs a position inside the top 6 though. Session starting in 7 minutes.
This could be one of the closest qualifying sessions we've had so far this season with Williams, Ferrari and McLaren fighting for pole. McLaren dominated on Friday while Michael Schumacher set the pace during the first practice session today and the 2 Williams topped the timesheets in the 2nd practice. Session starting in 10 minutes.
Session starting at 1:00 PM local time.
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