GP - 1st Saturday Practice Session
Final order: Rubens Barrichello,
Michael Schumacher, Juan Pablo Montoya, Jarno Trulli, Jenson Button and
Ralf Schumacher make the top 6.
45 min: Final lap ...
44 min: Rubens Barrichello goes fastest with a time of 1:18.385. Montoya moves into 3rd with a time of 1:19.558
43 min: And Ralf Schumacher takes 6th with a time of 1:20.249.
43 min: David Coulthard takes 5th with a time of 1:20.079.
42 min: Allan McNish spins but recovers. He is currently in 12th.
40 min: 5 minutes to go.
38 min: Jarno Trulli takes second from his team-mate with a time of 1:19.635. Still over a second slower than Michael.
37 min: Kimi Raikkonen moves into 4th with a time of 1:19.988.
35 min: It will be interesting to see if the Renaults are able to respond.
35 min: Michael Schumacher goes fastest with a time of 1:18.471. That is superfast!
34 min: Barrichello takes 4th from Frentzen. 2 Renaults followed by 2 Ferraris are this stage!
33 min: Top 10 - Button, Trulli, M Schumacher, Frentzen, Barrichello, Montoya, Raikkonen, Coulthard, R Schumacher and McNish.
31 min: Frentzen moves into 4th with a time of 1:20.330.
30 min: And Alex Yoong responds and improves, still in 22nd but just 5.4 seconds off the pace!
29 min: Alex Yoong is 22nd and 6.7 seconds off the pace. If he continues this way he won't qualify this afternoon!
28 min: Rubens Barrichello moves into 4th with a time of 1:20.394. At this stage only the 2 Renaults and Michael Schumacher have set times under the 1:20 mark.
26 min: Michael Schumacher moves into 3rd with a time of 1:19.915.
26 min: Jarno Trulli goes straight into second on his first time lap with a 1:19.664. Renault are strong here, no doubt about that!
25 min: Top 10 - Button, Raikkonen, Coulthard, Frentzen, R Schumacher, Salo, M Schumacher, Montoya, Panis and Barrichello
24 min: Button goes fastest again dropping under the 1:20 mark with a 1:19.640. Stunning!
23 min: Button fastest with a 1:20.744. Frentzen takes 3rd with a 1:20.866
22 min: The McLaren's take over with Raikkonen fastest with a 1:20.818 followed by Coulthard.
21 min: Button and Trulli on the track. They have yet to set a time. Webber again impressive in 10th with a 1:23.231.
20 min: Now its Williams turn as Ralf Schumacher tops the timesheets followed by Juan Pablo Montoya. Ralf's time a 1:20.974.
19 min: Frentzen takes second with a 1:21.725!
18 min: Raikkonen moves to the top of the timesheets only for Coulthard to take it away with a 1:21.681. Frentzen on a fast one!
17 min: McNish tops the timesheets with a 1:23.279. Michael still in second with a 1:23.938. Coulthard on a hot lap!
16 min: Villeneuve moves into 3rd with a 1:25.425
15 min: Top 10 - Salo, M Schumacher, Sato, Irvine, de la Rosa, Villeneuve, Yoong, Frentzen, McNish and Raikkonen.
14 min: But Mika Salo takes first away from Michael with a 1:24.224. The times are dropping fast!
14 min: Michael Schumacher moves back to first with a 1:25.669.
13 min: Eddie Irvine is in 3rd with a 1:26.982. Montoya on track.
12 min: But Takuma Sato goes fastest with a 1:25.745.
11 min: Michael Schumacher improves with a 1:26.905.
10 min: Takuma Sato goes second with a time of 1:31.295. Barrichello on track.
9 min: Michael Schumacher sets a 1:28.169. de la Rosa and Frentzen join in.
9 min: Bernoldi, Yoong, Villeneuve and Salo are also on track.
8 min: Eddie Irvine follows. Michael starts his flying lap!
7 min: And it seems that Michael Schumacher will be the first to set a time. Not usual for the Ferrari driver. Takuma Sato follows.
5 min: No timed laps yet but expect that very soon!
3 min: It will be interesting to see how Raikkonen will do today after having covered only 6 laps on Thursday. He was very quick though right from the start!
2 min: The cars are now back in the pits. Barrichello who wasn't among them is out on the track now.
1 min: Most of the cars are on the track..
Session underway and the cars stream out of the pits for their installation lap headed by Takuma Sato.
The times from this session are expected to be a bit slower than the best from Thursday as the track will be initially slower. However the times will tumble quickly and expect to see over a 1.5 second improvement on last year's pole time . Sessions starting in 2 minutes
A number of drivers crashed their cars on this track on Thursday including Raikkonen, de la Rosa, Yoong, Massa and Irvine. They all lost valuable practice time but it will be worse for anyone who crashes during the practice sessions today as they make their final adjustments for the all important Qualifying session this afternoon. Sessions starting in 4 minutes
The results from Thursday were unexpected with Trulli topping the timesheets ahead of McNish and Coulthard. Fisichella, Salo and Ralf Schumacher making the top 6. While this circuit produces unexpected results, it is thought that some of those drivers were running a light fuel load. Session starting in 8 minutes.
Session starting at 9:00 AM local time. It is mainly sunny with a temperature of 19 degrees.