GP - 1st Saturday Practice Session
Final Order - Michael Schumacher, Rubens
Barrichello, Kimi Raikkonen, David Coulthard, Ralf Schumacher and Juan
Pablo Montoya make the top 6.
45 min: Final lap .... and Michael Schumacher improves his time at the top with a 1:44.951. Takuma Sato moves into 12th.
43 min: Not many improvements towards the end of the session.
42 min: Davidson stops on the track. That is the end of the session for him.
41 min: Mika Salo improves with a time of 1:48.593 but is down in 16th.
40 min: Rubens Barrichello moves into second with a time of 1:45.839. That is over 0.8 seconds off Michael's pace.
38 min: No improvements at this stage. Just over 5 minutes remaining in the session.
37 min: And Jacques Villeneuve improves a place to 18th and that is not encouraging!
36 min: Juan Pablo Montoya moves into 6th with a time of 1:47.276. That is encouraging!.
35 min: Nick Heidfeld takes 17th from Davidson but what is the Sauber doing mixing it with Minardi at the back!
34 min: Anthony Davidson moves into 17th with a time of 1:49.386. That is superb!
33 min: Juan Pablo Montoya returns to the track.
32 min: Eddie Irvine moves up into 13th with a time of 1:48.420
31 min: At the moment, 6 out of the top 10 are Michelin runners but Michael Schumacher in 1st is a Bridgestone runner!
30 min: Juan Pablo Montoya is still struggling with his car here. He is down in 14th. Meanwhile Ralf Schumacher improves into 4th with a 1:46.887
29 min: Top 10 - M Schumacher, Raikkonen, Coulthard, Barrichello, R Schumacher, McNish, Panis, Button, Fisichella and Trulli
28 min: Michael Schumacher takes the top spot by a massive 1.348 seconds with a time of 1:45.005. That is stunning or is he on a light fuel load ? I guess we'll know this afternoon!
27 min: Olivier Panis moves into 6th with a time of 1:47.702.
26 min: And Kimi Raikkonen goes fastest with a time of 1:46.353. Michael Schumacher on track and is the only driver not to set a time.
25 min: Top 10 - Coulthard, Barrichello, R Schumacher, McNish, Button, Fisichella, Trulli, de la Rosa, Massa and Sato. Michael Schumacher and Kimi Raikkonen have yet to set a time.
25 min: And Coulthard goes fastest with a time of 1:46.593. Stunning time this early in the session.
24 min: Fisichella moves into 4th while Trulli takes 5th.
24 min: Rubens Barrichello moves to the top of the timesheets with a 1:47.129. Coulthard fast!
23 min: Pedro de la Rosa moves into 5th with a time of 1:48.566. Barrichello and Coulthard on track.
22 min: Jenson Button moves into 3rd with a time of 1:48.060. Currently all the top 6 are Michelin runners but the 2 Ferraris have yet to set a time.
21 min: Now Takuma Sato moves into 6th with a time of 1:49.298 followed by Panis.
20 min: Eddie Irvine improves and moves into 5th with a time of 1:48.843. Heidfeld moves into 6th while Davidson takes 7th ahead of Webber.
19 min: Ralf Schumacher goes fastest with a time of 1:47.326. Montoya takes 3rd with a 1:48.486
18 min: Mark Webber stops on the track. Session over for him. He lost time as well yesterday!
18 min: Allan McNish goes fastest with a time of 1:47.670. These are already fast times!
17 min: Eddie Irvine sets a time of 1:53.844 but he had to back off after Ralf Schumacher blocked him.
16 min: Mark Webber improves his time with a 1:50.822. Eddie Irvine stays out on the track.
15 min: Juan Pablo Montoya who had a bad day yesterday is also on the track.
15 min: Ralf Schumacher and Allan McNish also go out on the circuit.
14 min: Eddie Irvine is finally on the track for the first time today.
13 min: Most of the drivers are taking their time to come back out even though this is a 45 minute session and it is a very long lap!
12 min: Mark Webber sets a 1:51.166 and that is also better than his best time yesterday!
11 min: Mika Salo sets a 1:48.806. That is better than his best time yesterday!
9 min: Both Salo and Webber start their first timed laps.
8 min: And Mika Salo is the first to go back onto the track. He is followed by Mark Webber.
7 min: No cars on the track. They will be out very soon!
5 min: Only Barrichello is on the track. Eddie Irvine has yet to go out onto the track. No timed laps yet.
4 min: And Rubens Barrichello is now on his shakedown lap.
3 min: Jenson Button and Michael Schumacher go out onto the track as most of the field heads back into the pits.
3 min: Arrows officially confirmed that they will not take part in this event. Lets hope with the new owner, they'll be able to compete in 2 weeks time at Monza.
2 min: With the exception of the 2 Ferraris, Button and Irvine, all the cars are on the track for their shakedown lap.
1 min: Takuma Sato suffered an engine failure during the second session yesterday and lost some valuable practice time.
Session underway .... Takuma Sato leads the way ahead of several cars on their shakedown lap.
Yesterday Ferrari dominated in the first session (which was cut down to just 30 minutes due to the fog) but in the second session McLaren went fastest just ahead of Michael Schumacher in the Ferrari. It will be interesting to see how they compare today and how will Williams do.
It isn't foggy today so the practice sessions are expected to be run on schedule. Session starting in 2 minutes.
Session starting at 9:00 AM local time. It is partly cloudy with an air temperature of 17 degrees.