GP - 2nd Friday Practice:
Session over with David Coulthard fastest ahead of Eddie Irvine and Jacques Villeneuve. Hakkinen, R Schumacher, Montoya, M Schumacher, de la Rosa, Trulli and Barrichello make the top 10.
60 min: Ralf Schumacher moves ahead of his team-mate into 5th place with a time of 1:15.537.
59 min: Final run for the drivers today!
57 min: Michael Schumacher is not improving. He is in 7th place at this stage. His team-mate Rubens Barrichello is in 10th!
56 min: Hakkinen improves but so does Villeneuve so they remain in 4th and 3rd respectively.
54 min: Just over 5 minutes to go and Michael Schumacher, Mika Hakkinen and Jacques Villeneuve are on the track.
52 min: Jenson Button moves up to 16th with a time of 1:17.172.
51 min: Ralf Schumacher improves to 6th just after going back out on the track. He is behind his team-mate.
50 min: Eddie Irvine goes 2nd with a time of 1:15.133. The track conditions appear to have improved!
49 min: Coulthard takes first place from Villeneuve with a time of 1:14.935. That is over half a second faster than Villeneuve's time.
48 min: Coulthard on track and on a fast lap.
47 min: Villeneuve is lapping close to his fastest time. It is not expected for the BAR to be up there with the top teams!
46 min: Both Fisichella and Button are now ahead of the 2 Minardis!
45 min: Top 10 - Villeneuve, Hakkinen, Montoya, M Schumacher, Coulthard, Irvine, de la Rosa, Trulli, R Schumacher and Barrichello.
44 min: The top 3 (Villeneuve, Hakkinen and Montoya) are separated by just 0.038 seconds!
43 min: Eddie Irvine moves up to 6th place just ahead of his team-mate.
42 min: Juan Pablo Montoya moves up into 3rd place with a time of 1:15.582.
40 min: Ralf Schumacher is having a bad start to the weekend. He is in the pits with the mechanics working on his car. He is in 8th and has covered only 13 laps so far this session. He only did 5 in the morning.
38 min: Pedro de la Rosa jumps from 19th to 6th with a time of 1:16.140!
36 min: Alesi is still struggling in 17th place while his team-mate Burti is in 10th!
34 min: Top 10 - Villeneuve, Hakkinen, M Schumacher, Montoya, Coulthard, Trulli, R Schumacher, Barrichello, Panis and Burti.
33 min: Michael Schumacher improves in 3rd while Coulthard improves in 5th.
32 min: At the moment the 2 Benettons are in 21st and 22nd despite their new package which is supposed to be a big step!
30 min: Fisichella goes through the gravel but recovers while Raikkonen is off. Session over for him.
29 min: Jacques Villeneuve goes fastest!. His time was 1:15.544!
28 min: Ralf Schumacher improves to 7th place with a time of 1:16.298.
27 min: Juan Pablo Montoya moves into 3rd with a time of 1:15.840.
26 min: Mika Hakkinen's time is already faster than the Pole position time of last year at Magny Cours.
25 min: Jean Alesi moves up from 22nd to 17th..
24 min: Top 10 - Hakkinen, M Schumacher, Coulthard, Villeneuve, Trulli, Panis, Barrichello, R Schumacher, Burti and Montoya.
23 min: Mika Hakkinen retakes the top spot with a time of 1:15.559.
22 min: Jarno Trulli moves right behind Villeneuve in 5th.
21 min: Jacques Villeneuve moves up into 4th place with a time of 1:16.083 just behind David Coulthard!
20 min: Luciano Burti jumps into 7th in the Prost!. His time is 1:16.455!. His team-mate Jean Alesi is back in 22nd!
19 min: Kimi Raikkonen improves to 10th with a time of 1:16.906.
18 min: David Coulthard improves in 3rd place with a time of 1:16.071. He is 0.248 seconds behind the 2 leaders.
17 min: Nick Heidfeld takes 11th from his team-mate with a time of 1:17.011.
16 min: Only a couple of improvements over the morning session. The track is slower mainly due to the rising temperatures.
14 min: Juan Pablo Montoya trying too hard goes through the gravel but manages to recover.
13 min: Ralf Schumacher returns to the track. He only covered 5 laps in the morning session and has covered 4 so far this session. He is currently in 6th place.
12 min: Michael Schumacher finally improves and goes fastest of all with a time of 1:15.823. That is just 0.066 seconds faster than Hakkinen.
10 min: Top 10 - Hakkinen, M Schumacher, Coulthard, Panis, Barrichello, R Schumacher, Montoya, Trulli, Frentzen and Villeneuve.
9 min: A lot of drivers are on the track but are not improving their times.
8 min: Oliver Panis is off into the gravel. He is stuck and cannot get out. Session over for him!
7 min: Eddie Irvine has moved into 13th with a time of 1:17.453.
6 min: Eddie Irvine is on the track trying to make up for lost time during the first session when he spun off on his first timed lap.
4 min: Olivier Panis is the first to improve this session. He is up to 4th from 8th with a time of 1:16.364.
2 min: Jos Verstappen retires on the track with a blown engine. Session over for him!
Session underway with a number of cars on the track.
There wasn't much excitement during the first session as the drivers failed to improve on the lap times set early during the first session. Mika Hakkinen was fastest just 0.155 seconds ahead of Michael Schumacher. Session starting in 5 minutes.
Session starting at 1:00 PM local time under sunny weather conditions. The temperature is 25 degrees