GP - Qualifying Session
Juan Pablo Montoya grabs his 5th Pole of the year
just 0.023 seconds faster than Michael Schumacher with Rubens Barrichello
in 3rd. Kimi Raikkonen managed 4th ahead of Ralf Schumacher and David
60 min: Montoya improves and so does Michael but Montoya takes pole with a 1:11.985. Michael is second with a 1:12.008. Just 0.023 seconds behind. Amazing session!
60 min: Ralf Schumacher fails to improve. Remains in 5th.
59 min: Michael Schumacher on his final run too!
59 min: This is a fascinating finale!
58 min: The 2 Williams are on their final run. Kimi Raikkonen takes 3rd with a time of 1:12.244
57 min: Bad news for Michael Schumacher as his best time has been removed for cutting the chicane. His best time now is a 1:12.287. Still in third.
57 min: Barrichello takes second with a time of 1:12.197.
56 min: Eddie Irvine improves his time but remains in 9th. Massa takes 11th.
55 min: Jarno Trulli fails to improve and remains in 8th!
54 min: Takuma Sato fails to improve and remains in 10th.
54 min: And so is Barrichello who is currently 4th.
53 min: Eddie Irvine also on his final run.
52 min: Jenson Button fails to improve. His best grid position will be 7th. Sato on his final run and so is Trulli.
51 min: Top 10 - Montoya, M Schumacher, R Schumacher, Barrichello, Raikkonen, Coulthard, Button, Trulli, Irvine and Sato.
51 min: Heidfeld moves into 13th while Villeneuve into 14th.
50 min: Jenson Button who is in 7th at the moment goes out on his final run. The first to do so.
49 min: Frentzen is seen walking away from pits!
48 min: This is a thrilling session that will go all the way till the last minute!
47 min: Michael Schumacher remains in second but improves and is just 0.095 seconds behind Montoya. He was up on the second sector but lost the advantage in the 3rd where Montoya seems to be very quick in.
46 min: Michael Schumacher starts his third flying lap!
45 min: Barrichello takes 4th from Raikkonen with a time of 1:12.440. Coulthard takes 6th back from Button!
45 min: Pedro de la Rosa moves into 12th. He is struggling compared to his team-mate here.
44 min: It appears that Arrows did a qualifying run just to stay in the championship but they were not planning to qualify.
43 min: Ralf Schumacher takes 3rd with a time of 1:12.424.
42 min: Montoya retakes provisional pole with a time of 1:12.117!
41 min: Montoya on his 3rd run!
40 min: Olivier Panis moves into 12th place with a time of 1:13.700.
38 min: The top 5 have completed 2 runs each and have 2 runs remaining.
37 min: So far the top 6 have better the Pole time set here last year by Ralf Schumacher which was a 1:12.989.
37 min: Jacques Villeneuve moves into 14th with a time of 1:13.945.
36 min: Jenson Button moves back into 6th place with a time of 1:12.761.
35 min: There doesn't appear to be any action in the Arrows garage even though neither of their drivers have qualified. A difficult situation for them no doubt.
34 min: Takuma Sato improves his time but remains in 10th with a 1:13.542. He is the best Bridgestone runner apart from the 2 Ferraris.
33 min: Top 10 - M Schumacher, Montoya, Raikkonen, Barrichello, R Schumacher, Coulthard, Button, Trulli, Irvine and Sato.
32 min: Coulthard manages to take 6th from Button with a time of 1:12.803.
31 min: Raikkonen takes 3rd with a time of 1:12.499!. Coulthard on his second flyer.
31 min: Michael takes provisional pole by 0.059 seconds. It is very close!
30 min: Michael starts his flyer and is fractionally faster in the first sector!
29 min: Frentzen and Bernoldi need to improve significantly if they are to qualify for the race. They have 3 runs each remaining.
28 min: Ralf Schumacher moves into 3rd with a time of 1:12.687.
27 min: Montoya retakes provisional pole with a time of 1:12.346. Michael on track.
27 min: Jarno Trulli moves into 6th with a time of 1:13.030.
26 min: Jenson Button moves into 4th with a time of 1:12.894. Impressive!
25 min: Ralf Schumacher too!
25 min: Montoya, Trulli and Button out on their second runs!
24 min: Top 10 - Barrichello, Montoya, R Schumacher, Coulthard, Raikkonen, Irvine, Trulli, Sato, de la Rosa and Heidfeld.
23 min: Rubens Barrichello takes provisional pole with a time of 1:12.552.
22 min: Not so good news for Michael who's time has been deleted due to missing turn 16 on his last run.
22 min: Good news for Alex Yoong. He has set a time of 1:16.960 which should be good enough!
21 min: David Coulthard takes 3rd from Michael with a 1:12.933.
20 min: Kimi Raikkonen goes 5th with a time of 1:13.109. He was quicker in the morning!
19 min: Michael Schumacher makes a mistake in the 3rd sector and takes 3rd with a time of 1:12.965. He was 0.3 seconds up on Montoya's time in the second sector.
18 min: Jenson Button moves into 8th after making a mistake in the first sector.
18 min: Michael Schumacher on his first timed lap of the session followed by Kimi Raikkonen.
17 min: Top 10 - Montoya, R Schumacher, Barrichello, Trulli, Sato, de la Rosa, Irvine, Salo, McNish and Panis.
17 min: Ralf Schumacher goes second with a time of 1:12.888.
16 min: Juan Pablo Montoya takes provisional pole with a time of 1:12.714. Ralf on his timed lap.
16 min: Takuma Sato improves to 3rd with a time of 1:13.583. That is his second run already!
15 min: Ralf Schumacher on the track too. Panis goes 5th with a time of 1:14.510.
14 min: Most drivers are setting quicker times than their practice times already!
14 min: Trulli takes second with a time of 1:13.402. Montoya and Panis are on the track.
13 min: Eddie Irvine moves into second with a time of 1:13.849. Trulli on a timed lap.
12 min: Top 6 - Barrichello, Sato, Webber, Yoong, Frentzen and Bernoldi.
11 min: Rubens Barrichello takes provisional pole with a time of 1:13.058. Webber stops on the track!
10 min: Mark Webber moves into second with a 1:14.800. That is a stunning time from the Minardi driver!
9 min: Enrique Bernoldi sets the 4th fastest time with a 1:19.843. Webber on a timed lap!
9 min: Rubens Barrichello on the track early!
8 min: Alex Yoong moves into second with a time of 1:17.366. That is slower than his morning best but might be enough for him to qualify.
7 min: Takuma Sato goes fastest with a time of 1:14.185. That is better than his best time from practice.
6 min: Frentzen's first set time will unlikely be enough for him to qualify!
5 min: Frentzen takes provisional pole with a 1:18.497. Sato and Yoong on track.
4 min: Bernoldi slows on the last sector and sets a time of 1:22.101.
3 min: Bernoldi starts his first flying lap of the weekend!
2 min: And Frentzen appears on the track as well!
1 min: Arrows driver Enrique Bernoldi is the first to go out on the track. This run will be a familiarisation run for him!
Given the high track temperatures, Ferrari will have to fight for Pole with Williams and possibly even McLaren as the Michelin runners are at an advantage under these conditions. Session underway!
The Arrows team only did an installation lap by each of their drivers but are expected to take part in this session. Session starting in 3 minutes
Michael Schumacher was fastest during the morning practice sessions however Kimi Raikkonen was a very close second with David Coulthard in 3rd. Barrichello was 4th ahead of Button and Juan Pablo Montoya. Session starting in 5 minutes
Following his high speed crash during the second practice session, Jordan's driver Giancarlo Fisichella will miss Qualifying today. Fisichella is OK but the FIA Medical delegate advised him not to take part in the session. Session starting in 10 minutes
Session starting at 1:00 PM local time. It is sunny with an air temperature of 27 degrees.