GP - Qualifying Session
Final Order - Juan Pablo Montoya, David
Coulthard, Michael Schumacher, Ralf Schumacher, Rubens Barrichello, Kimi
Raikkonen make the top 6.
60 min: Ralf and Trulli hit traffic and they end up in 4th and 6th!. What a session!
60 min: Juan Pablo Montoya grabs pole with a time of 1:16.676!
60 min: We'll see if anyone improves on the final lap.
59 min: Barrichello hits traffic and doesn't improve.
58 min: Barrichello fastest at the first sector. Too much traffic with most of the cars on the track.
57 min: Both Williams on track.
56 min: Michael Schumacher moves into second with a time of 1:17.205.
55 min: Michael Schumacher starts his flyer and is fastest at the first sector.
54 min: Bernoldi finishes his laps. His best place will be 14th. Michael Schumacher on his final run. He could try 2 laps.
53 min: Villeneuve is back in 21st!
52 min: All the drivers with the exception of Bernoldi have at least 1 run left.
51 min: Raikkonen improves into 5th with a 1:17.660. Yoong finally sets a time but is outside the 107%
50 min: Top 10 - Coulthard, R Schumacher, Montoya, Barrichello, M Schumacher, Trulli, Button, Salo, McNish and Frentzen.
49 min: Coulthard snatches pole with a time of 1:17.068. Superb!
48 min: Michael Schumacher aborts his lap after getting behind Montoya!.
48 min: Ralf Schumacher takes provisional pole with a time of 1:17.274. Just 0.001 seconds ahead of his team-mate!
47 min: Ralf Schumacher fast!. He is currently in 6th!
46 min: Michael Schumacher is back on track. As expected, this is the closest Qualifying session in a long long time!
45 min: Rubens Barrichello moves into second place with a time of 1:17.481.
44 min: Raikkonen sets the 12th fastest time. Barrichello on a flyer. Only Yoong has yet to qualify. Webber is currently 16th.
43 min: Top 10 - Montoya, Coulthard, M Schumacher, Trulli, R Schumacher, Button, Barrichello, Salo, McNish and Fisichella.
42 min: Juan Pablo Montoya goes fastest with a 1:17.275. Stunning!
41 min: Trulli takes 3rd with a 1:17.807.
40 min: Coulthard takes provisional pole with a 1:17.696. It appears that he caused Barrichello to abort his lap!. Button and Montoya on flyers!
39 min: Ralf Schumacher takes second place with a 1:17.857 while Barrichello aborts his lap due to traffic.
38 min: Rubens Barrichello on a flyer!
37 min: Raikkonen and Yoong have yet to qualify.
36 min: Heinz Harald Frentzen moves into 7th with a time of 1:18.930.
35 min: Michael Schumacher goes fastest with a time of 1:17.712.
35 min: Michael Schumacher on a flyer. He aborted an earlier run.
34 min: Mika Salo jumps into 6th with a time of 1:19.185.
33 min: Villeneuve moves into 10th. Michael Schumacher, Mika Salo, Heinz Harald Frentzen, Alex Yoong and Kimi Raikkonen have yet to qualify.
32 min: Top 10 - Trulli, Barrichello, Coulthard, Montoya, Button, Fisichella, McNish, Panis, Heidfeld and Sato.
31 min: Jarno Trulli goes 1st with a time of 1:18.385.
30 min: Coulthard takes provisional pole but Barrichello betters his time by a 0.104. Fisichella goes 3rd!
29 min: Heidfeld takes 3rd but Panis takes it away from him. Barrichello fast!
28 min: Ralf Schumacher only manages 3rd with a time of 1:20.720. He had traffic. Barrichello on his first flyer.
27 min: Kimi Raikkonen pitted as well. He may have a problem. Montoya takes provisional pole with a time of 1:18.698. Over a second slower than his best time this morning.
26 min: Michael Schumacher aborts his lap and pits. Montoya starts his flyer.
26 min: Michael Schumacher starts his first flyer. Cars are pouring out on the track as expected.
25 min: Allan McNish goes fastest with a time of 1:20.248. That is faster than his time this morning but slower than his best time on Thursday!
25 min: Raikkonen and Michael Schumacher on the track. McNish on his flying lap.
24 min: Felipe Massa takes provisional pole with a time of 1:21.201. Slower than his best this morning.
23 min: Felipe Massa starts his flyer. He was 10th fastest this morning.
22 min: Allan McNish on the track too.
22 min: Felipe Massa on the track with smoke coming out of his car!
20 min: Bernoldi was 14th fastest this morning. He sets a 1:22.705 also slower than his best this morning.
19 min: Eddie Irvine sets the first time of the session with a 1:23.529. That is a lot slower than this morning. Bernoldi starts his flyer.
18 min: Eddie Irvine starts his flying lap. He was 22nd this morning!
18 min: Enrique Bernoldi appears as well.
17 min: Eddie Irvine appears on the track.
15 min: It seems that we'll have a rush of cars shortly and most will be slowed due to traffic.
13 min: Still no cars on the track!
10 min: Yoong is back in the pits. The Minardi mechanics are preparing the spare car that is setup for Webber for him. Lets hope he doesn't crash that one too!
8 min: Apart from Yoong, no one has gone out yet.
6 min: Webber crashed earlier in practice. Minardi have only 1 spare car so I would expect Yoong to qualify in Webber's car and that won't help him at all!
6 min: Oh no .... Alex Yoong crashes!
5 min: Alex Yoong is the first out on the track. He needs to set a reasonable time if he is to Qualify!
4 min: The Toyota's looked very strong on Thursday but they failed to improve on their times this morning indicating light fuel loads on Thursday. No cars out yet.
2 min: No cars out yet.
Session underway. No cars on the track. Air temperature at 23 degrees. Track temperature at 37.
Ferrari don't appear to be very comfortable here. They have covered a lot of laps in practice, much more than they usually do. This could indicate their struggle with set-up. Add to that Michael Schumacher had a problem during the second session and was seen cruising back to the pits and missed 20 minutes of it. Session starting in 2 minutes.
The strength of Renault here shouldn't be a surprise. They have always had excellent mechanical grip which is required for this kind of track. Add to that their superb traction control system and their wide angled engine which provides a lower centre of gravity and you've got a very competitive car. This is also a track were Trulli has traditionally qualified well at. In 2000 he put the Jordan second on the grid. Session starting in 5 minutes.
A number of drivers crashed during practice, a number of them crashing twice (Raikkonen and Irvine). Several teams have brought 4 cars to this event so that each driver has a spare. Session starting in 8 minutes.
Jarno Trulli's fastest time from this morning was a thousandths of a second faster than the Pole time of last year. Expect Pole time to be around 1.5 seconds faster. Session starting in 10 minutes.
This could be the closest Qualifying session we have witnessed in a long time. Ferrari were quickest in 2 sessions while Renault were quickest in the other 2. The McLarens and Williams were not far behind either. Depending on how much each team has in reserve, the top 10 on the grid for tomorrow's race could contain a few surprises. Session starting in 15 minutes.
Session starting at 1:00 PM local time. It is partly cloudy with a temperature of 22 degrees.