GP - First Friday Practice Session
Final Order - Rubens Barrichello, Jenson Button,
David Coulthard, Kimi Raikkonen, Eddie Irvine, Giancarlo Fisichella make
the top 6.
Session over with no improvements!
58 min: But Ralf Schumacher decides to have a run and he is the only driver on the track. He is down in 16th and won't improve this session.
57 min: Now all the drivers have gone back into the pits. The track is too wet.
56 min: A few drivers are still lapping on the wet track but it is very wet!
54 min: Even though the current times are under wet conditions, the Jaguars are looking good in 5th and 7th places.
52 min: The rain is heavier now and it is very unlikely that any drivers will improve on their times.
50 min: 4 drivers haven't set lap times. Michael Schumacher spun out on his installation lap. Mika Salo appears to be having problems with his car while the 2 Arrows drivers have not appeared as their team's crisis continues with Cosworth refusing to give them engines until they pay for them!
48 min: Another spin, this time by Ralf Schumacher who recovers and heads back to the pits.
47 min: And Fisichella takes 6th from de la Rosa with a 1:36.242.
47 min: Mark Webber improves his time with a 1:38.555 but remains in 15th place.
45 min: Pedro de la Rosa moves into 6th just behind his team-mate with a time of 1:36.287.
44 min: Top 10 - Barrichello, Button, Coulthard, Raikkonen, Irvine, Fisichella, Villeneuve, Sato, Heidfeld and de la Rosa.
43 min: No improvements in the top 10 and if it continues to rain there won't be any this session!
42 min: Felipe Massa goes off at Abbey and is stuck in the gravel. His session is over.
41 min: It is starting to rain!
40 min: Jenson Button has covered the most number of laps so far with 14. He is second fastest.
38 min: Not much action on the track at the moment.
36 min: The track is starting to dry and a number of drivers are trying intermediate tyres but it is very slippery!
35 min: Giancarlo Fisichella goes off but recovers!
34 min: It appears the Arrows team won't take part in this practice session.
33 min: Top 10 - Barrichello, Button, Coulthard, Raikkonen, Irvine, Fisichella, Villeneuve, Sato, Heidfeld and de la Rosa.
31 min: Montoya stops on the track. His session is over!. Meanwhile Barrichello moves into 1st with a time of 1:33.531!.
30 min: Juan Pablo Montoya has a problem as smoke is coming out of the back of his car. He seems to have an engine problem!
29 min: Rubens Barrichello is also slow on his first flying lap. His time of 1:42.809 is good for 14th but he is obviously driving carefully!
28 min: Juan Pablo Montoya moves sets the 12th fastest time of his first flying lap!
27 min: But Jenson Button retakes the top spot with a time of 1:34.744.
26 min: David Coulthard moves into second with a time of 1:35.422.
25 min: Now Kimi Raikkonen goes fastest with a time of 1:35.407 just ahead of Button!
24 min: Kimi Raikkonen moves into 3rd with a time of 1:36.524. Coulthard on track as well as Barrichello.
23 min: Jenson Button moves to the top of the timesheets with a time of 1:35.433. Raikkonen on track.
22 min: Takuma Sato is the first Bridgestone runner to set a time. He moves into 3rd with a time of 1:36.641
21 min: Jenson Button moves into second with a time of 1:36.193.
19 min: Eddie Irvine improves again with a time of 1:36.143. Olivier Panis on the track.
18 min: Michael Schumacher on his installation lap spins at the exit of Abbey. He stalls and his session is over. Not a good start to his weekend.
17 min: Eddie Irvine goes fastest with a time of 1:36.656. Webber improve to 1:39.976.
16 min: As the track continues to dry, the lap times will drop dramatically. At the moment we are over 14 seconds slower than the fastest time set during this session last year!
15 min: Mark Webber improves with a 1:40.437. Pedro de la Rosa goes fastest with a time of 1:37.952.
14 min: Eddie Irvine sets a time of 1:39.642 while McNish sets a 1:46.103. Yoong and de la Rosa on track.
13 min: Mark Webber is the first to set a time today. It is a 1:42.718. Eddie Irvine and Allan McNish on track.
11 min: Michael Schumacher about to go out on the track while Mark Webber gets back for his first long run.
8 min: All the drivers have now completed their shakedown lap with the exception of the Ferraris and the Arrows'. That is certainly not a good sign for the Arrows team.
5 min: Jaguar are debuting their new package here. Irvine predicted that they will surprise a few teams with it before testing the package but later indicated that it is not the improvement he expected!
3 min: The drivers are now returning back to the pits. Only the Ferraris, the Arrows, Villeneuve and Salo have yet to appear.
1 min: More cars go out on their installation laps. The track is very wet in some areas although it is not raining at the moment.
Session underway and Felipe Massa is the first out on the wet track followed by Mark Webber and Eddie Irvine
The Arrows team have passed the FIA scrutineering this morning but the issue of wether Cosworth will give them engines remains unsolved. While the team appears ready in their garage it is not known if they'll be able to practice today!. Session starting in 2 minutes
Session starting at 11:00 AM local time. It is wet and cloudy with a temperature of 14 degrees.
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