Marino GP - Qualifying
Michael Schumacher grabs pole position for the
San Marino GP ahead of team-mate Rubens Barrichello and Ralf Schumacher.
Juan Pablo Montoya, Kimi Raikkonen and David Coulthard make the top 6.
60 min: Michael Schumacher takes Pole with a 1:21.091. Just 0.064 ahead of Barrichello.
60 min: Montoya doesn't improve.
60 min: Heidfeld retakes best of rest spot.
60 min: Montoya not fast enough!
59 min: Ralf Schumacher made a mistake on his final lap, he slows.
59 min: Fisichella moves into 14th. He will start behind Sato.
59 min: The 2 Ferraris are on the track too!. This is exciting!
58 min: The 2 Williams and the 2 McLarens on the track for their final run.
56 min: Takuma Sato takes 12th with a time of 1:24.050.
54 min: Alex Yoong finishes his 3rd and final run and doesn't make the 107% mark. In fact he is over 0.4 seconds slower. Doubt that the stewards will let him race tomorrow but you never know!
53 min: Rubens Barrichello has 2 runs remaining. He might just use 1 run and save the tyres for tomorrow.
52 min: Mark Webber moves into 19th with a time of 1:24.790. He is ahead of Bernoldi and de la Rosa!
50 min: 10 minutes to go but most drivers have just 1 run left as they left early worried about the rain.
49 min: The Williams are losing to the Ferrari in the second sector.
48 min: Jarno Trulli takes 7th and is now the 'best of the rest'. Button takes 9th.
47 min: Ralf Schumacher improves his time but remains in 3rd. Montoya improves but remains in 4th. The gaps are much closer though!
46 min: Coulthard doesn't' improve on his third run. Michael Schumacher takes second just 0.057 seconds behind Rubens.
45 min: Jacques Villeneuve takes 8th from Trulli. The BAR Honda is certainly better this weekend!
44 min: Michael Schumacher on his 3rd run.
43 min: Mika Salo takes 16th from his team-mate.
42 min: Heidfeld stays in 7th despite improving his time. Raikkonen spins, recovers but aborts his run.
41 min: Heidfeld and Villeneuve follow.
41 min: Kimi Raikkonen starts his 3rd run, the first of the current top 10 to do so.
40 min: Mark Webber improves but remains in 21st. However he is over 2 seconds ahead of his team-mate Alex Yoong!
39 min: The top 6 have so far set times better than last year's pole.
38 min: Olivier Panis moves into 13th with a time of 1:24.281.
37 min: Alex Yoong seems unlikely to qualify on merit. He now needs over 1.2 seconds to get within the 107%.
36 min: Top 10: Barrichello, R Schumacher, M Schumacher, Montoya, Raikkonen, Coulthard, Heidfeld, Trulli, Button and Villeneuve.
35 min: David Coutlhard moves into 6th with a time of 1:22.744. Also behind his team-mate.
34 min: Indeed, he moves into 14th but behind his team-mate Sato.
33 min: Coulthard on track. Fisichella could improve on this lap.
32 min: Fisichella in the spare for his second run.
31 min: Bernoldi manages 18th in the spare.
30 min: David Coulthard is the only driver with 3 runs remaining (9 laps)
30 min: Michael Schumacher moves into 3rd with a time of 1:21.691 and over half a second behind his team-mate!
29 min: Michael slower in the second section!
29 min: Rubens Barrichello retakes provisional pole with a time of 1:21.155. That is stunning.
28 min: Rubens Barrichello fast!
27 min: Rubens Barrichello on his second run too.
26 min: Kimi Raikkonen moves into 5th with a time of 1:22.288. He is over a second faster than David at this stage. Michael Schumacher on his second run.
25 min: David Coulthard moves into 8th with a time of 1:23.306. That is over 1.5 seconds off the pace!
25 min: Yoong needs to improve by a second if he is to qualify! That is if the Pole time doesn't drop any further.
24 min: Top 10: R Schumacher, Montoya, Barrichello, M Schumacher, Raikkonen, Heidfeld, Trulli, Button, Villeneuve and Massa.
23 min: Coulthard finally on the track.
22 min: Fisichella stops on the track!. He was back in 18th place!
21 min: But Ralf Schumacher goes fastest still with a time of 1:21.630!
20 min: Montoya goes fastest with a time of 1:21.864.
20 min: Montoya on the track and is fast.
20 min: Top 10: Barrichello, M Schumacher, R Schumacher, Raikkonen, Heidfeld, Montoya, Trulli, Button, Massa, Villeneuve.
19 min: Michael Schumacher caught in traffic and slows. He moves into second just 0.023 seconds behind Barrichello.
19 min: Michael faster than Rubens up until the second sector.
18 min: Allan McNish in 9th!
18 min: Michael Schumacher on the track. Fisichella moves into 15th. Not fast!
17 min: It will interesting to see how many cars set a time better than the Pole time from last year (1:23.054)
17 min: Rubens Barrichello takes provisional pole with a time of 1:22.242.
16 min: Barrichello fast!
16 min: But Kimi Raikkonen takes second with a time of 1:22.811!
15 min: Nick Heidfeld takes second from Montoya with a 1:23.096
14 min: Fisichella and Raikkonen also on the track.
14 min: Rubens Barrichello on the track as Frentzen moves into 8th.
13 min: Top 6: R Schumacher, Montoya, Trulli, Villeneuve, Button and Massa.
12 min: Trulli moves into 3rd with a time of 1:23.650. Button moves into 5th!
11 min: Juan Pablo Montoya goes second with a 1:23.233 but he is over half a second slower than his team-mate. Trulli on track.
10 min: Ralf Schumacher goes fastest with a 1:22.651. Panis moves into 4th with a 1:24.867
10 min: Ralf Schumacher very fast!
9 min: Ralf Schumacher starts his flyer.
8 min: Villeneuve goes fastest with a time of 1:24.220. Faster than his best this morning.
7 min: Yoong completes 2 flying laps and improves his time to 1:28.100.
7 min: Both Williams are on the track too!
6 min: Jacques Villeneuve on the track. Olivier Panis follows.
5 min: Massa goes fastest with a 1:24.845. Also better than his morning time.
4 min: Massa on his first flyer. Yoong sets a time of 1:28.499, that is faster than his morning time.
3 min: Track temperature continues to rise. It is now at 24 degrees.
2 min: Felipe Massa on the track too.
2 min: Engine failure for Bernoldi on his out lap!. He'll have to qualify in the spare!
1 min: Alex Yoong follows Bernoldi out.
1 min: Enrique Bernoldi is the first out on the track.
Session underway. No cars on the track.
Air temperature at 17 degrees while the track temperature is at 20 degrees. Qualifying starts in a minute.
There are now dark clouds over the track. If it is not raining by the time the session starts, expect the cars out in a mad rush soon!. Qualifying starts in 3 minutes.
It will probably be even closer in the mid-field than at the front. This morning under a second separated 9th and 17th. Qualifying starts in 5 minutes.
Michael Schumacher was half a second faster than anyone else this morning with David Coulthard second fastest. We'll see how much faster Michael can go and how the 2 Williams who were 5th and 6th this morning will shape. Qualifying starts in 7 minutes.
Session starting at 1:00 PM local time. The weather is still partly cloudy but rain is forecast during the session.