GP - Qualifying
Final Order: Michael Schumacher, Kimi Raikkonen,
Rubens Barrichello, Ralf Schumacher, Juan Pablo Montoya and David
Coulthard make the top 6.
60 min: Raikkonen improves his time but remains in second, Ralf Schumacher improves his time but remains in 4th, Montoya improves his time but remains in 5th and Coulthard improves his time but remains in 6th!
59 min: Many drivers start their last flying laps!
57 min: Rubens Barrichello much slower in the first sector ... he is just under 0.7 seconds behind at the second sector ... and he doesn't improve.
57 min: Michael Schumacher is not out on the track at the moment.
56 min: Once again a lot of drivers are going out on their final run. Barrichello starts his flyer!
55 min: Rubens Barrichello is out on his 4th and final run. He is in 3rd and 0.609 seconds off the pace.
54 min: Michael Schumacher is over half a second faster than anyone else. He's pretty much got pole today unless another driver pulls out a miracle!
53 min: 9 out of the top 11 runners are Michelin runners!
52 min: All the drivers have completed their 3rd runs. Fisichella improved his time but is down in 17th in the spare.
51 min: Top 10 - M Schumacher, Raikkonen, Barrichello, R Schumacher, Montoya, Coulthard, Trulli, Button, de la Rosa and Irvine.
50 min: Montoya doesn't improve and remains in 5th.
49 min: Rubens Barrichello improves but remains in 3rd while Ralf Schumacher also improves but remains in 4th!
48 min: Meanwhile Michael Schumacher is improving his own time ... and improves in first with a 1:43.726!
47 min: Raikkonen is slower than Michael in the first sector .... also slower in the second sector ... and he doesn't improve.
46 min: A lot more drivers are now on their 3rd run. Raikkonen starts his flyer!
46 min: At the moment Raikkonen is 0.3 seconds slower than Michael. Barrichello on his 3rd run too.
45 min: And out come Coulthard and Michael Schumacher as well.
44 min: Kimi Raikkonen is on the track for his 3rd run
43 min: All the drivers have completed their second runs, some aborted them though!
42 min: Only the Ferraris are on Bridgestones and are in the top 10. Clearly the Michelins are better but even though only Raikkonen is mixing it with the Ferraris.
41 min: Michael Schumacher aborted his run!. Takuma Sato improved his time with a 1:47.398 in 17th!
40 min: Fisichella goes off and into the gravel. He needs to get back and get the spare car now. He is currently in 16th. Olivier Panis is back in the pits to take the spare car.
39 min: Michael Schumacher on his second run. Jarno Trulli moves back into 7th with a time of 1:45.389
38 min: Top 10 - M Schumacher, Raikkonen, Barrichello, R Schumacher, Montoya, Coulthard, Button, de la Rosa, Irvine and Salo
37 min: Rubens Barrichello takes 3rd back with a time of 1:44.489 while Montoya moves into 5th with a 1:44.919.
36 min: Ralf Schumacher takes 3rd with a time of 1:44.895 and David Coulthard takes 4th with a time of 1:45.360. Barrichello on track.
36 min: Raikkonen closer to Michael's time in the second sector.... he improves but remains in second with a time of 1:44.293.
35 min: Olivier Panis (currently in 10th) suffers a blown engine on his second run!
34 min: Button moves into 6th with a time of 1:46.049. Raikkonen, Barrichello, Ralf Schumacher and Montoya on the track.
33 min: Both Webber and Davidson have set times well within the 107% time and will qualify for the race even if the pole time drops further.
32 min: Jenson Button (currently 13thg) and Allan McNish (currently 15th) are out for their second run.
31 min: Michael Schumacher is 0.747 seconds ahead of Raikkonen and over 1.5 seconds ahead of Rubens Barrichello. That is simply stunning! Lets see how the other drivers will respond to this.
30 min: Top 10 - M Schumacher, Raikkonen, Barrichello, R Schumacher, Coulthard, Montoya, Trulli, Villeneuve, Panis and de la Rosa.
29 min: Giancarlo Fisichella moves into 14th. All drivers have completed one run.
28 min: Michael is quicker in the first sector .... and the second sector .... and takes provisional pole! A 1:43.994
28 min: Kimi Raikkonen's time is 0.755 seconds faster than that of Barrichello in second. Michael starts his flying lap.
27 min: Only Michael Schumacher and Giancarlo Fisichella have yet to set a time. Everyone else have completed their first run.
26 min: Top 10 - Raikkonen, Barrichello, R Schumacher, Coulthard, Montoya, Trulli, Villeneuve, Panis, de la Rosa and Irvine. Michael Schumacher on track.
25 min: Ralf Schumacher moves into 3rd with a time of 1:45.507
24 min: Rubens Barrichello takes second with a time of 1:45.496.
24 min: Montoya moves into 3rd with a time of 1:46.196.
23 min: Kimi Raikkonen sets a 1:44.741 and takes provisional pole. Coulthard moves into second with a 1:45.956. That is slower than his morning time.
22 min: Only the Jordans and Michael Schumacher are not on the track.
21 min: Raikkonen and Coulthard have started their flying laps.
21 min: Now almost all the cars are on the track!
20 min: Mark Webber sets a time of 1:48.528. That is slightly faster than his time this morning. Montoya on the track and so is Heidfeld.
19 min: Kimi Raikkonen on the track and so is Coulthard!
18 min: Mark Webber starts his flying lap!
17 min: Finally Mark Webber is out onto the track.
16 min: Only 10 teams are participating in this qualifying session (just like in Hungary) as the Arrows team once again pulled out of the event due to financial problems.
15 min: Still no cars on the track. Track temperature is up to 26 degrees!
12 min: Michelin appear to have a tyre that matches or even beats the Bridgestone tyre here even though the weather conditions are not warm and sunny!
10 min: Track temperatures have gone up 1 degree to 23. Air temperature remains at 19 degrees.
8 min: No cars on the track yet.
5 min: Several drivers are in their cars but no one has gone out yet. There is a chance that we may see some drivers go out early as there are dark clouds overhead and it may rain later in the session.
2 min: No cars on the track yet.
Current track temperature is 22 degrees. Air temperature is 19 degrees. Session underway.
Kimi Raikkonen was fastest following the practice sessions this morning ahead of Michael Schumacher and David Coulthard. Rubens Barrichello was 4th ahead of Juan Pablo Montoya and Ralf Schumacher. We could have a very close qualifying session today. Session starting in 5 minutes
Session starting at 1:00 PM local time. It is mostly cloudy with an air temperature of 19 degrees.