GP - Qualifying
Final Order: Michael Schumacher ahead of Juan
Pablo Montoya and Rubens Barrichello. Ralf Schumacher, Kimi Raikkonen and
David Coulthard make the top 6.
60 min: Rubens Barrichello takes 3rd from Ralf Schumacher. Montoya slows and aborts his lap. Raikkonen doesn't improve.
59 min: Ralf Schumacher fails to improve.
58 min: Montoya on his final run as well.
57 min: Michael Schumacher fails to improve. Ralf Schumacher on the track and so is Raikkonen.
56 min: Felipe Massa takes 13th but Villeneuve takes it away from him.
55 min: Enrique Bernoldi moves into 15th position. Eddie Irvine is struggling in 20th place while his team-mate is in 17th.
54 min: Michael Schumacher on the track for his 3rd run. Frentzen completes his laps without improving. His best position will be 11th which is pretty good.
52 min: Barrichello fails to improve. He is in 4th and 0.858 seconds off the pace.
50 min: Olivier Panis moves into 18th place with a time of 1:38.826.
49 min: Barrichello on the track for his 3rd run while Frentzen starts his final run.
48 min: Top 10: M Schumacher, Montoya, R Schumacher, Barrichello, Raikkonen, Coulthard, Heidfeld, Button, Fisichella and Salo. Panis in the spare on the track.
47 min: Ralf Schumacher improves his time but remains in 3rd. He is 0.762 seconds behind Michael in 1st.
46 min: David Coulthard improves but remains in 6th behind his team-mate Raikkonen.
45 min: Heinz Harald Frentzen puts the Arrows in 10th but Salo in the Toyota takes that away from him.
44 min: Juan Pablo Montoya improves but remains in second with a time of 1:35.497. He is 0.231 seconds behind Michael.
43 min: Ralf Schumacher too!.
42 min: Montoya on his 3rd run and so is Raikkonen.
41 min: All drivers have completed 2 runs except Panis who has yet to set a time.
40 min: Michael Schumacher takes provisional pole with a time of 1:35.266. and 0.426 seconds ahead of Montoya.
39 min: Michael Schumacher starts his flying lap. He looks fast.
38 min: Ralf Schumacher doesn't improve. Michael on the track.
37 min: Ralf Schumacher starts his second run.
37 min: Kimi Raikkonen takes 5th from Coulthard with a time of 1:36.468.
36 min: Coulthard on his second run improves his time but not his position.
35 min: Top 10: Montoya, M Schumacher, R Schumacher, Barrichello, Coulthard, Raikkonen, Heidfeld, Button, Trulli and Fisichella. Panis has yet to set a time.
34 min: Juan Pablo Montoya takes provisional pole with a time of 1:35.692.
33 min: Juan Pablo Montoya on his second run.
32 min: Felipe Massa manages 17th fastest in the spare.
31 min: Rubens Barrichello takes 3rd with a time of 1:36.124. Olivier Panis has yet to set a time.
30 min: Halfway into the session and Barrichello is out on the track. Massa is also out in the spare car.
29 min: Jenson Button moves into 6th place. Barrichello yet to set a time.
28 min: Michael Schumacher takes provisional pole with a time of 1:35.969 even though he was held up!.
27 min: Eddie Irvine takes 14th while his team-mate is in 10th at this stage. Button on track as well.
26 min: Michael Schumacher on the track. Yoong improves but remains in 15th and slowest.
25 min: Top 10: R Schumacher, Montoya, Coulthard, Raikkonen, Heidfeld, Trulli, Fisichella, Salo, Sato and de la Rosa. Neither Ferrari has set a time yet.
24 min: Alex Yoong and Mark Webber have started their second run.
23 min: Ralf Schumacher grabs provisional pole with a time of 1:36.086. Massa in the gravel!
22 min: David Coulthard takes provisional pole only for Montoya to take it from him. Montoya's time is a 1:36.599. Coulthard is 0.112 behind.
21 min: Kimi Raikkonen takes provisional pole with a time of 1:37.125. Giancarlo Fisichella moves into 3rd with a time of 1:37.940.
20 min: Ralf Schumacher on the track too.
19 min: Frentzen and Salo also join in.
19 min: Coulthard and Montoya are on the track.
18 min: Pedro de la Rosa takes 3rd away from Bernoldi with a 1:38.398.
18 min: Enrique Bernoldi in the Arrows moves into 3rd with a 1:38.507.
17 min: Kimi Raikkonen on the track as well as Fisichella and Massa.
16 min: McNish seems to be in trouble going slow around the track and going into the pits without setting a time.
15 min: Trulli takes provisional pole with a time of 1:37.920. Pedro de la Rosa on the track.
14 min: Allan McNish in the Toyota takes to the track and so does Bernoldi.
13 min: Jarno Trulli starts his first timed lap. He appeared to be struggling this morning setting the 15th fastest time while his team-mate Jenson Button was 7th.
12 min: Takuma Sato takes provisional pole with a time of 1:38.179. That is a second faster than his best time this morning.
10 min: Takuma Sato starts his first timed lap. This morning he was 16th with a best time of 1:39.116
9 min: Takuma Sato in the Jordan is on the track.
8 min: Mark Webber sets a time of 1:39.950. Also better than his best time this morning.
6 min: Mark Webber starts his first timed lap. The track temperature continues to rise.
5 min: Mark Webber is on the track now. His best time this morning was a 1:40.060
4 min: Alex Yoong is the first to set a time with a 1:40.617. That is slightly faster than his best time this morning.
2 min: Alex Yoong starts his first flyer
Session underway and Alex Yoong is the first to go out.
With a low chance of rain, the session will probably start slow as the back markers take to the track while the top teams wait until the track has good grip. Each driver is allowed 12 laps during this session. Session about to start.
This qualifying session is expected to be close. Ferrari running the Bridgestone tyres appear to have a definite advantage in cool weather conditions. Under hot conditions, it looks as if the Michelins still have an advantage. This session should give us a better idea. Session starting in a couple of minutes.
Qualifying starting at 1:00 PM local time. Weather is hazy with the current temperature at 33 degrees.