GP - 1st Friday practice
Final Order: Rubens Barrichello, Michael
Schumacher, Olivier Panis, Kimi Raikkonen, Nick Heidfeld and Juan Pablo
Montoya make the top 6.
60 min: Final lap ... Barrichello moves into 1st with a time of 1:16.248. Raikkonen takes 4th with a 1:17.564.
59 min: Olivier Panis improves in 3rd but is over 1.1 seconds off the pace.
58 min: David Coulthard has covered the least number of laps with 6 and is in 19th place. He is struggling with problems and is unlikely to return to the track this session.
57 min: Michael Schumacher doesn't improve his time.
56 min: Villeneuve has stopped on the track!. He was 12th.
55 min: Rubens Barrichello improves his time with a 1:16.511 still in second. Michael fast!
54 min: Strong performance from Frentzen setting the 10th fastest time with a 1:18.539.
53 min: Takuma Sato moves up into 8th ahead of his team-mate.
52 min: Montoya moves into 6th just behind Raikkonen. Still only 3 Michelin runners in the top 10.
51 min: Top 10 - M Schumacher, Barrichello, Panis, Heidfeld, Raikkonen, Massa, Fisichella, Trulli, Montoya and Sato.
50 min: Mika Salo moves into 12th just behind his rookie team-mate Allan McNish.
49 min: But Nick Heidfeld retakes 4th with a time of 1:17.883. Interesting battle for 4th between the 2 old team-mates!
48 min: Kimi Raikkonen takes 4th with a time of 1:18.013 but still over 1.6 seconds off the pace!
47 min: Fisichella goes off into the gravel but recovers.
46 min: Michael Schumacher spins but recovers.
45 min: Michael Schumacher takes the top spot back from Barrichello with a time of 1:16.323. That is almost 0.6 seconds faster.
44 min: Nick Heidfeld takes 4th from his team-mate with a 1:18.079.
44 min: Top 10 - Barrichello, M Schumacher, Panis, Massa, Raikkonen, Heidfeld, Fisichella, Montoya, McNish and Villeneuve.
43 min: So far Alex Yoong isn't doing to bad, he is within the 107% time and just a 10th behind Mark Webber. Both have covered the same amount of laps (17 each)
43 min: Massa moves into 4th with a time of 1:18.283.
43 min: Rubens Barrichello fights back and moves to the top of the timesheets with a time of 1:16.971.
42 min: So far Michael Schumacher is over 0.6 seconds ahead of Panis and over 0.9 seconds ahead of Barrichello in 3rd.
41 min: Felipe Massa improves his time but remains in 6th.
41 min: Villeneuve improves again and moves into 9th with a time of 1:19.051.
40 min: Pedro de la Rosa stops on the track with an engine problem. He was in 18th! Eddie Irvine is back in 20th at the moment.
39 min: Ralf Schumacher moves into 9th with a time of 1:19.249.
39 min: Villeneuve improves again, now up in 15th with a time of 1:19.781 but still the slowest Honda runner!
38 min: Nick Heidfeld now moves ahead of his team-mate into 5th with a time of 1:18.366.
37 min: And Raikkonen moves into 4th with a time of 1:18.341. Villeneuve moves into 19th with a time of 1:20.234.
36 min: Takuma Sato moves into 8th with a time of 1:19.041. Raikkonen on a flyer!
35 min: Montoya moves back into the top 10 with a time of 1:18.713 and that is good for 6th.
34 min: So far, Panis has done the most number of laps with 19 followed by Webber (20th) and Yoong (22nd) with 13 laps each.
33 min: The Williams pair aren't doing too many laps at this stage and they are down in 16th and 17th at this stage (Montoya then Ralf Schumacher)
32 min: Panis takes second with a time of 1:17.610. Could he be on a lighter fuel load or does this track suit him ?
31 min: Apart from the top 2, the top 10 continues to change! - Top 10 - M Schumacher, Barrichello, Panis, Massa, Raikkonen, Heidfeld, Button, Coulthard, Fisichella and Trulli.
30 min: And Felipe Massa now takes 4th with a time of 1:18.686.
29 min: Panis improves yet again with a time of 1:18.107. Still in third. His team-mate Jacques Villeneuve is down in 21st with a time of 1:20.684!
28 min: Felipe Massa moves into 5th with a time of 1:19.034. He is the fastest rookie at this stage..
27 min: Rubens Barrichello improves in second with a time of 1:17.955. Almost a second slower than his team-mate.
26 min: And Michael Schumacher improves again with a time of 1:17.004.
26 min: Olivier Panis continues his strong form moving back into 3rd with a time of 1:18.830.
25 min: Under the current conditions, it appears that the Bridgestone tyres have an advantage with 7 out of the top 10 running Bridgestones.
24 min: Michael Schumacher improves his time in 1st with a 1:17.537. Fisichella moves into 7th with a time of 1:19.536.
23 min: Top 10 - M Schumacher, Barrichello, Raikkonen, Panis, Heidfeld, Coulthard, Massa, Bernoldi, de la Rosa and Montoya.
22 min: Coulthard moves into 6th with a time of 1:19.763.
21 min: Barrichello improves in second with a 1:17.995. Coulthard on a faster lap now.
20 min: Meanwhile David Coulthard's first time is only good for 14th!
20 min: Michael Schumacher goes fastest with a time of 1:17.825. That is over 1.1 seconds faster than anyone else. Stunning form!
19 min: Olivier Panis is running strong today moving into 3rd with a time of 1:19.539.
19 min: And Barrichello moves into 1st with a time of 1:18.947. Frentzen and Coulthard on track.
18 min: Giancarlo Fisichella moves into 8th with a time of 1:20.264. Barrichello on a flyer!
18 min: Raikkonen improves his time in 1st with a time of 1:18.998. Ralf Schumacher moves into 5th with a time of 1:20.049.
17 min: Juan Pablo Montoya moves into 3rd with a 1:20.023.
16 min: Top 10 - Raikkonen, Massa, Sato, Bernoldi, Panis, Irvine, Salo, McNish, Villeneuve and Webber.
16 min: Kimi Raikkonen is the first of the drivers from the top 3 teams to set a time moving straight into 1st with a 1:19.623.
15 min: Massa retakes the top spot with a time of 1:19.859 while Bernoldi in the Arrows takes second with a time of 1:20.429. Good start from the Arrows!
15 min: As this is a new track for all purposes, the times will continue to tumble as the drivers adjust their cars. Also expect to see a big difference between team-mates here.
14 min: Olivier Panis moves to the top of the timesheets with a time of 1:21.240. Irvine moves into 6th with a 1:22.180.
13 min: Felipe Massa tops the time sheets with a 1:21.316 while Sato takes second with a 1:21.372.
12 min: Olivier Panis moves into 3rd with a time of 1:22.961. Yoong improves with a 1:24.549.
11 min: Mika Salo goes second with a time of 1:22.748. Panis, Webber and Sato on track.
10 min: Alex Yoong sets a time of 1:26.757
9 min: Allan McNish sets a time of 1:21.851.
8 min: Allan McNish starts his first flying lap as Yoong and Salo join in.
7 min: Allan McNish returns to the track for a longer run.
6 min: Michael Schumacher pits after his second lap as Barrichello goes out onto the track.
4 min: Michael Schumacher stays out on the track for another lap. Villeneuve takes to the track.
3 min: Michael Schumacher is now on the track.
2 min: The cars are now back into the pits. Only the 2 Ferraris and Villeneuve have yet to appear on the track.
Session underway and a stream of cars exits the pits headed by Mark Webber.
Session starting at 11:00 AM local time. It is cloudy with an air temperature of 16 degrees.
Juan Pablo Montoya
Merchandise UK - USA