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Fastest time from the 1st Saturday Practice in 2000 - David Coulthard - 1:15.965

French GP - 1st Saturday Practice:

Session over with Michael Schumacher fastest ahead of David Coulthard and Ralf Schumacher. Barrichello, Montoya, Trulli, Frentzen, Panis, Villeneuve and Raikkonen make the top 10.

45 min: Frentzen moves into 7th just behind Trulli

45 min: Final minute and Frentzen starts a flyer.

44 min: Kimi Raikkonen takes 9th from his team-mate!

43 min: All the cars are on the track with the exception of Michael Schumacher, David Coulthard and Mika Hakkinen.

42 min: Olivier Panis takes 7th from his team-mate. Drivers are now on their final run.

41 min: Looking at the lap times so far, Michael Schumacher is 0.4 seconds ahead of Coulthard and over a second ahead of Ralf Schumacher in 3rd!

40 min: It appears that Mika Hakkinen will not go out this session just to save a set of tyres!

39 min: David Coulthard improves in 2nd with a time of 1:14.135. He is now under 0.5 seconds behind Michael.

38 min: Top 10 - M Schumacher, Coulthard, R Schumacher, Barrichello, Montoya, Trulli, Villeneuve, Panis, Heidfeld and Raikkonen.

37 min: Michael Schumacher improves further in 1st with a time of 1:13.729!

36 min: David Coulthard moves into 2nd place with a time of 1:14.611 but is over half a second behind Michael!

35 min: David Coulthard starts his first flying lap with just 10 minutes to go in the session.

34 min: Nick Heidfeld takes 8th from his team-mate. Coulthard finally on track.

33 min: Pedro de la Rosa has already covered a massive 15 laps!

32 min: Rubens Barrichello moves into 3rd with a time of 1:15.044.

31 min: Verstappen improves his time but remains in 9th place.

31 min: Only the 2 McLaren's and Barrichello have yet to set a time. 

30 min: Top 10 - M Schumacher, R Schumacher, Montoya, Trulli, Villeneuve, Panis, Raikkonen, Heidfeld, Verstappen and de la Rosa.

29 min: Ralf Schumacher moves into 2nd with a time of 1:14.932. That is a second slower than Michael!

28 min: Jarno Trulli moves into 2nd with a time of 1:15.787.

28 min: Michael Schumacher sets a time of 1:13.927 - That is amazing

27 min: Michael Schumacher on the track.

26 min: Nick Heidfeld moves into 3rd as Villeneuve in improves in 1st with a time of  1:15.931!

25 min: No times yet from the Ferrari, McLaren or Williams cars!

24 min: Kimi Raikkonen takes 2nd from Panis with a time of 1:16.309.

23 min: Olivier Panis goes second behind his team-mate.

22 min: Jean Alesi goes 4th with a time of 1:16.958. That is faster than his best time from yesterday. He was feeling good about the Prost here earlier.

21 min: Jacques Villeneuve goes fastest with a time of 1:16.167. Panis and Button are on the track.

20 min: Top 10 - Verstappen, de la Rosa, Villeneuve, Irvine, Bernoldi, Fisichella, Burti, Alonso, Marques and Alesi.

19 min: Jacques Villeneuve moves into 3rd with a time of 1:17.118. That is almost 2 seconds slower than his best time yesterday.

18 min: Jacques Villeneuve is on the track and so is Fernando Alonso.

17 min: Jos Verstappen goes fastest with a time of 1:16.734. Fisichella is 5th with a time of 1:17.313 - that is already faster than his best time yesterday!

16 min: Fisichella on the track as well. They are supposed to be using the new spec Renault engine.

15 min: Jos Verstappen on the track. Yesterday he borrowed his team-mate's car after his car suffered an engine failure!

14 min: Only 5 drivers have set times so far: de la Rosa, Irvine, Bernoldi, Burti and Marques

13 min: Eddie Irvine improves but remains in 2nd while Bernoldi is in 3rd.

12 min: Pedro de la Rosa retakes top spot from his team-mate with a 1:16.949 

11 min: Eddie Irvine clocks a 1:17.391 as Bernoldi appears on the track. 

10 min: Pedro de la Rosa sets a time of 1:17.791 and takes 1st. 

9 min: Tarso Marques sets a time of 1:19.459. That is over a second slower than his best time from yesterday. Pedro la Rosa on track.

8 min: Rubens Barrichello finally goes out on his installation lap as Tarso Marques goes out on his first timed lap.

7 min: As Villeneuve returns to the pits, no one is now on the track!

5 min: Villeneuve goes out on the track. He was 3rd fastest yesterday but had less fuel on board.

3 min: Villeneuve and Barrichello have yet to make their appearance today.

2 min: Almost all the cars have already completed their installation lap as David Coulthard leaves on his installation lap.

Session underway and a number of cars go out on their installation laps. The temperature is already 20 degrees!

Benetton did not introduce their new Renault engine yesterday. They will be running the new engine today.  Session starting in 2 minutes

The weather is expected to remain hot all weekend. The air temperature is expected to be around 26 degrees at the start of the qualifying session. The track temperature will be above 40 degrees. Session starting in 5 minutes

Eddie Irvine and Jacques Villeneuve finished 2nd and 3rd yesterday but both admitted that they were running with lighter fuel loads. Expect them to drop back today! - Session starting in 10 minutes

Session starting at 9:00 AM local time under sunny weather conditions. The temperature is 18 degrees