GP - 1st Friday Practice Session
Final Order - Rubens Barrichello, Michael
Schumacher, David Coulthard, Jarno Trulli, Kimi Raikkonen and Eddie Irvine
make the top 6.
30 min: Final lap ... no improvements in the top 10. Montoya didn't set a time!
29 min: Jenson Button improves his time but remains in 8th. Fisichella moves into 13th.
28 min: And Rubens Barrichello goes fastest with a time of 1:49.009. Ferrari still looking good here!
27 min: Jarno Trulli moves up a place into 4th with a time of 1:50.861
26 min: The top 3 are back on the track! Montoya yet to set a competitive time.
25 min: Top 10 - M Schumacher, Coulthard, Barrichello, Raikkonen, Trulli, Irvine, Sato, Button, Salo and R Schumacher.
24 min: Ralf Schumacher improves his time and moves into 10th with a time of 1:51.759.
23 min: Giancarlo Fisichella is down in 17th. Unusual for the Jordan driver at this track. Sato is in 7th!
22 min: And Trulli moves into 5th with a time of 1:51.038. That is a good time from the Renault driver but it is over 2 seconds slower than Michael's time!
21 min: Jarno Trulli has yet to set a competitive time.
20 min: 10 minutes to go in this shortened session.
19 min: Michael Schumacher in 1st is over a second ahead of David Coulthard in second! Montoya has yet to set a time.
19 min: Nick Heidfeld moves into 11th with a time of 1:51.854.
18 min: At the moment Anthony Davidson in in 17th just ahead of his team-mate Mark Webber.
18 min: Eddie Irvine moves into 5th with a time of 1:51.202. This is a good time from the Jaguar driver.
17 min: All the drivers have set lap times with the exception of Heidfeld, Trulli, Montoya and Irvine. Arrows have not taken part in the session yet!
16 min: Top 10 - M Schumacher, Coulthard, Barrichello, Raikkonen, Sato, Button, Salo, McNish, R Schumacher, Villeneuve.
16 min: Michael Schumacher moves to the top of the timesheets followed by David Coulthard in second.
15 min: And Rubens Barrichello moves to the top of the timesheets with a time of 1:50.487.
15 min: Kimi Raikkonen goes fastest with a time of 1:50.876. Barrichello on a flyer.
14 min: Michael Schumacher moves into second with a time of 1:52.279. This is not usual for Ferrari!
13 min: Allan McNish moves into second with a time of 1:52.639. Sato moves into 3rd with a 1:52.905. Michael Schumacher on a flyer!
12 min: Anthony Davidson moves into 4th with a time of 1:55.987. Webber didn't set a competitive time on his flying lap.
11 min: Jenson Button goes fastest with a time of 1:51.691.
10 min: Both Panis and Villeneuve improve. Villeneuve now fastest with a time of 1:53.016.
9 min: Jenson Button starts his first timed lap of the day. Davidson and McNish too!
8 min: Mark Webber starts his first time lap as Michael Schumacher goes out onto the track.
7 min: Jacques Villeneuve sets a time of 1:55.271.
6 min: More drivers are now back on the track.
5 min: Olivier Panis sets the first time of the day with a 1:54.508.
4 min: Olivier Panis is the first driver to go back out on the track for a time lap. Villeneuve follows.
3 min: Only the Ferrari drivers have yet to come out onto the track. And Arrows!
2 min: The cars are now heading back into the pits.
1 min: Almost all the cars go out on the track for their installation
Session underway ....
Delayed Start due to fog: Session will start at 12:00 PM local time for half an hour.
Delayed Start due to fog: The safety car is out on the track. That is a good sign!
Delayed Start due to fog: It is 11:30 and still no announcement of when the session will start.
Delayed Start due to fog: It is expected that Williams will be closer to Ferrari here as the power of their BMW units should help on this track. Renault are also expected to do well. Of course for both Williams and Renault to perform well, Michelin needs to provide them with a good tyre.
Delayed Start due to fog: The fog has to also clear from the area where the nearest hospital is and that is why the session continues to be delayed!
Delayed Start due to fog: The sun is starting to appear so the session is expected to start soon.
Delayed Start due to fog: In addition to the Arrows announcement, Toyota surprised us with the news that neither Mika Salo nor Allan McNish will be driving from them next year and that Olivier Panis will be one of their drivers. Mika Salo have since announced that the will be retiring from the sport at the end of the season.
Delayed Start due to fog: No time has been given yet until the start of the session. There is still heavy fog around the outskirts of the track.
The start of the session will be delayed due to the fog as the medical helicopter cannot operate!. A similar situation occurred during Saturday practice last year here!
The start of the session will be delayed due to the fog as the medical helicopter cannot fly!. A similar situation occurred during Saturday practice last year here!
The Arrows team announced that they will be taking part in the Belgian Grand Prix after a deal was reached with an American investor. Their cars passed scrutineering yesterday and they had Bernoldi and Frentzen as their drivers even though they released Frentzen from his contract. It remains to be seen if they will actually take part in today's sessions and if they do, who will be partnering Bernoldi!. Session starting in 5 minutes
Session starting at 11:00 AM local time. It is foggy with an air temperature of 18 degrees.