Marino GP - 1st Friday Practice
Session over with Michael Schumacher topping the
timesheets ahead of Giancarlo Fisichella and Rubens Barrichello. Kimi
Raikkonen, Heinz Harald Frentzen and Jarno Trulli make the top 6.
60 min: Raikkonen moves into 4th with a time of 1:38.773.
60 min: Fisichella moves into second with a time of 1:38.093. That is fast!
59 min: Final lap for the drives. Fisichella is fast!
58 min: Takuma Sato spins but recovers.
57 min: Toyota are struggling here with Salo in 21st and McNish in 22nd!
56 min: Rubens Barrichello improves his time in second place but remains over 1.4 seconds slower than Michael!
55 min: Enrique Bernoldi is back on the track. Ralf Schumacher improves into 7th.
54 min: Kimi Raikkonen moves into the top 10 with a time of 1:40.034.
53 min: Michael Schumacher improves marginally at the top with a 1:37.486.
52 min: Jenson Button improves to 12th and Alex Yoong is in 16th!
51 min: Coulthard improves into 7th, his team-mate Raikkonen is in 15th.
50 min: Frentzen takes 3rd while Trulli is now the best Michelin runner moving into 4th!
49 min: Jarno Trulli moves into 11th while team-mate Jenson Button is in 15th
48 min: Frentzen moves into 4th while Coulthard moves into 8th.
47 min: The dominance of the Bridgestone tyres is so evident today, only 2 Bridgestone runners are outside the top 10. Villeneuve in 11 and Bernoldi in 21st (who appears to have a problem as he only completed 5 laps)
46 min: Top 10: M Schumacher, Barrichello, Fisichella, Massa, Sato, Frentzen, Irvine, Heidfeld, de la Rosa and Panis.
45 min: Fisichella improves again and moves into 3rd while Massa moves into 4th. Frentzen jumps into 6th. They are all on Bridgestone tyres.
44 min: Fisichella just took 7th from Panis only for de la Rosa to take it away.
43 min: Jacques Villeneuve improves into 15th with a time of 1:44.375.
42 min: Olivier Panis moves into 7th with a time of 1:41.694.
41 min: Kimi Raikkonen moves into 15th while Villeneuve has just set a competitive time in 18th!
40 min: While most drivers have completed 6 or 7 laps, Sato has completed 15 and is now in 3rd with a time of 1:40.334.
39 min: Eddie Irvine breaks the Bridgestone dominance and moves into 3rd with a time of 1:40.551.
38 min: Felipe Massa goes into 4th with a time of 1:41.581. Trulli moves into 9th and Kimi Raikkonen and Allan McNish are on fast laps.
37 min: Olivier Panis moves into 6th with a time of 1:42.074. At the moment, the top 6 are Bridgestone runners. It is obvious that they are superior to the Michelins in these conditions.
36 min: Nick Heidfeld moves into 3rd with a time of 1:41.007. Over 3.2 seconds off the pace. Ralf Schumacher slides but recovers.
35 min: Takuma Sato takes 3rd from his team-mate.
34 min: Rubens Barrichello goes fastest only for Michael to take it back with a time of 1:37.717.
33 min: Top 10: M Schumacher, Barrichello, Fisichella, de la Rosa, Irvine, Coulthard, Sato, R Schumacher, Panis and Webber.
32 min: Rubens Barrichello moves into second with a time of 1:41.521
31 min: Michael Schumacher becomes the first driver to set a time below the 1:40 mark with a 1:39.831.
30 min: David Coulthard moves into 4th with a time of 1:43.590. Michael on a fast lap.
29 min: Michael Schumacher jumps into 6th place with a time of 1:45.274 and Mark Webber moves into 7th just behind Michael!
28 min: Pedro de la Rosa goes fastest only for Fisichella to take it back.
28 min: Juan Pablo Montoya moves into 4th with a time of 1:45.787.
27 min: Eddie Irvine moves into second with a time of 1:43.536. He is running on Michelins. Coulthard on track.
26 min: Top 6: Fisichella, Sato, Irvine, Frentzen, Webber, de la Rosa. Montoya on the track.
25 min: Eddie Irvine moves into 3rd with a time of 1:45.310. Fisichella improves in first with a 1:42.613.
24 min: Bernoldi improves his time with a 1:48.100 while Webber sets a 1:50.583 in 5th.
23 min: Giancarlo Fisichella goes fastest with a time of 1:43.716. Eddie Irvine joins in.
22 min: Webber will be the first Michelin runner to set a time.
21 min: Bernoldi sets a 1:52.089 while Fisichella and Webber go out on the track.
20 min: Frentzen improves with a 1:46.722. Bernoldi starts his flying lap.
19 min: Enrique Bernoldi appears on the track. Only 2 times set so far!
18 min: Heinz Harald Frentzen sets a time of 1:51.043. Meanwhile Sato improves to 1:44.235
16 min: Heinz Harald Frentzen starts his first flying lap.
15 min: Takuma Sato improves his time with a 1:46.226.
14 min: Heinz Harald Frentzen re-appears on the track.
13 min: Takuma Sato sets the first time of the day with a 1:47.595.
12 min: Takuma Sato starts his first flying lap (in the wet) as Villeneuve returns to the pits.
11 min: Takuma Sato is the first to go back out on the track. He'll be the first to set a time today.
10 min: Villeneuve is on the track now!
9 min: Michael Schumacher, Rubens Barrichello and Jacques Villeneuve are the only ones not to go out on their installation laps.
7 min: No one on the track at the moment.
5 min: Coulthard goes out on the track for his installation lap. No timed laps yet.
3 min: The Ferrari's 'as usual' have yet to go out though
3 min: Most of the drivers have now gone out for an installation lap in the wet!
1 min: McNish, Montoya and Irvine join him of the track.
Session underway and Takuma Sato is the first to go out on the very wet track.
We've seen in Melbourne that the Michelin runners struggle under wet and cold conditions. They have tested under wet conditions during the last 2 test sessions and it remains to be seen if they have made a step forward and closed the gap to Bridgestone in that area. Session starting in 2 minutes.
The weather forecast is for rain for the rest of today, light rain for tomorrow and showers for Race day. Session starting in 5 minutes.
Session starting at 11:00 AM local time. It is wet and raining at the moment with a temperature of only 8 degrees!