A morning without rain greeted Saturday's first free practice for the Brazilian Grand Prix, although the track was still wet after yesterday's downpour. Rubens Barrichello topped the times at the end of the session, a few different drivers taking...
A morning without rain greeted Saturday's first free practice for the Brazilian Grand Prix, although the track was still wet after yesterday's downpour. Rubens Barrichello topped the times at the end of the session, a few different drivers taking a turn at going fastest.
Olivier Panis took over from Schumacher, followed by Fernando Alonso and Williams looked strong, Ralf Schumacher and Juan Pablo Montoya in the top six. McLaren came out with all guns blazing, Kimi Raikkonen the first into the 1:14s to go fastest with a 1:14.723, team mate David Coulthard taking over by two hundredths of a second.
The Ferraris hovered behind, Williams and Renault fighting it out to complete the top eight about half way through. BAR was just on the edge of the top ten, Jacques Villeneuve ahead of Jenson Button, the Jaguars slipping down the field. Jordan struggled, along with Sauber, neither seeming to be able to find any pace.
Alonso returned to the top of the times then was swiftly displaced by Ralf Schumacher, Montoya taking second. Webber showed some more of yesterday's grit, jumping back up to sixth as Rubens Barrichello took his turn at the top with a 1:14.071. Minardi stayed resolutely at the back, Jos Verstappen ahead of Justin Wilson, both around 2.5 seconds off the pace.
Not to be outdone by his team mate, Antonio Pizzonia joined Webber in the top six, Jaguar looking very good so far this weekend. Giancarlo Fisichella managed to get the Jordan into the top ten in the final minutes, as did Nick Heidfeld for Sauber, while Verstappen edged in front of Ralph Firman for 18th.
An uneventful session after yesterday's watery chaos, final top eight classification: Barrichello; R. Schumacher, Montoya, M. Schumacher, Alonso, Raikkonen, Pizzonia, Webber.