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Fastest time during this session in 2002: Michael Schumacher - 1:38.626
Fastest time during this session in 2001: Rubens Barrichello - 1:39.502

Malaysian GP - 1st Friday Practice.

Final Order: M Schumacher, Barrichello, Heidfeld, Bernoldi, Button, Sato, Frentzen, Trulli, Fisichella, Montoya, R Schumacher, Massa, Salo, Raikkonen, Villeneuve, de la Rosa, McNish, Panis, Irvine, Yoong, Webber. No Time: Coulthard.

60 min: Bernoldi stopped on the track. Yellow flags so don't expect any improvements.

60 min: Final lap!

59 min: Ralf Schumacher takes 11th away from Massa.

58 min: Felipe Massa moves into 11th. This is the first time for the Brazilian here.

57 min: Jacques Villeneuve improves his time but remains in 14th.

56 min: Takuma Sato takes 6th with a time of 1:41.475. Impressive from the Jordan rookie.

55 min: Alex Yoong takes 20th from Webber.

54 min: Kimi Raikkonen is surprisingly off the pace. He is currently in 12th place and covered 8 laps He is over 3.5 seconds off the pace!

53 min: Giancarlo Fisichella moves back ahead of Montoya and takes 8th place. 3.060 seconds off the pace!

52 min: Takuma Sato has covered the most number of laps so far with 15. He is in 18th place.

50 min: Barrichello improves but stays in 2nd almost a second slower than his team-mate.

49 min: Top 10: M Schumacher, Barrichello, Heidfeld, Bernoldi, Button, Frentzen, Trulli, Montoya, Fisichella and R Schumacher. Michael is 1.368 seconds faster than Barrichello.

48 min: McNish improves again and is now in 16th.

47 min: Mika Salo takes 11th while Barrichello is back on the track.

47 min: McNish moves into 18th.

46 min: Nick Heidfeld takes 3rd from Bernoldi with a time of 1:41.124. Still almost 2.5 seconds slower than Michael!

45 min: Michael Schumacher improves in 1st with a stunning time of 1:38.625. Almost a second faster than last year!. Frentzen moves into 6th!

44 min: Montoya moves back ahead of Fisichella and takes 7th. Michael Schumacher starts another flying lap.

43 min: Eddie Irvine improves his time and moves into 17th. McNish on the track. 

41 min: Not much activity at the moment. 

40 min: Alex Yoong has covered the most number of laps so far with 13. 

39 min: Trulli takes 6th from Fisichella. 

38 min: Fisichella moves into 6th ahead of Montoya. Still 2.424 seconds off Michael's time.

37 min: Coulthard won't set a time this session due his car failing while Webber who is currently in 16th won't set any more timed laps as he beached the car in the gravel earlier in the session. McNish and Frentzen have yet to set times.

36 min: Bernoldi improves slightly and remains in 3rd and so does Fisichella who moves into 7th place.

35 min: Rubens Barrichello moves into 2nd with a time of 1:39.994. That is over half a second slower than Michael.

34 min: Takuma Sato is familiarising himself with the track in a Formula 1 car. He has covered the most number of laps so far with 10.

33 min: The top 3 cars are Bridgestone runners. Barrichello on track.

32 min: Top 10: M Schumacher, Bernoldi, Heidfeld, Button, Montoya, R Schumacher, Raikkonen, Fisichella, de la Rosa and Panis. Michael is 1.785 seconds faster than Bernoldi.

31 min: Button improves into 4th place.

30 min: Michael Schumacher goes fastest with a time of 1:39.462. That is already faster than the best time set during the 1st Friday last year.

29 min: Kimi Raikkonen takes 5th with a time of 1:42.251. Michael Schumacher flying!

28 min: Olivier Panis improves to 8th while his team-mate Jacques Villeneuve move into 10th.

27 min: Jarno Trulli and Michael Schumacher on the track.

26 min: Nick Heidfeld goes second just 0.009 seconds slower than Bernoldi.

25 min: Top 6: Bernoldi, Montoya, R Schumacher, Fisichella, de la Rosa and Button. 

25 min: Frentzen and Heidfeld are on the track. 

24 min: Ralf Schumacher moves into 3rd with a time of 1:42.221. Buttons enters in 6th. 

23 min: Ralf Schumacher has a minor spin  

22 min: Coulthard stops on the track!. Smoke coming out the back of his car! Session over for him. 

22 min: Montoya goes second with a time of 1:41.990. Still the Arrows is over 0.7 seconds ahead.

21 min: Montoya goes 5th while Coulthard and Ralf Schumacher are on the track.

20 min: Fisichella improves but remains in second with a time of 1:42.293. That is over a second slower than Benoldi!

19 min: Felipe Massa moves into 4th with a time of 1:42.924. Montoya is on the track.

18 min: Webber spins and ends up in the gravel. Session over for him.

18 min: Enrique Bernoldi goes fastest!. His time a 1:41.247. 

17 min: 6 drivers have so far set lap times: de la Rosa, Fisichella, Webber, Salo, Irvine and Yoong.

16 min: Mika Salo goes 4th with a time of 1:44.787.

15 min: Mark Webber improves his time and moves into 3rd with a time of 1:44.583.

14 min: Giancarlo Fisichella goes second with a time of 1:43.580. Webber is 4th with a time of 1:45.506. Bernoldi on track.

13 min: Alex Yoong sets a time of 1:47.869. Salo and Raikkonen on track.

12 min: Michael Schumacher pits while Sato, Fisichella and Webber go back out.

10 min: Alex Yoong gets back on the track again while Michael Schumacher goes out on his installation lap.

8 min: A Ferrari finally emerges from the pits. It is Barrichello! 

7 min: de la Rosa improves with a 1:42.569. Irvine pits. 

6 min: His team-mate Eddie Irvine also sets a time with a 1:45.221 

5 min: Pedro de la Rosa stays out on the track and is the first to set a timed lap with a 1:43.357 

4 min: Coulthard is now back in the pits. 

2 min: Coulthard on the track now. No timed laps yet. 

1 min: Most of the cars are out on the circuit. The 2 Ferrari's and Coulthard have yet to go out.

Session underway and Mark Webber in the Minardi is the first to go out on the track.

Just a couple of minutes to go. The temperature here is much higher than what it was in Melbourne and we should be able to see just how much of an advantage the Michelin runners have.

Session starting at 11:00 AM local time. Weather is mainly cloudy with the current temperature at 30 degrees.