Ralf leading after German GP Saturday practices

Williams is looking good this weekend and remained at the top of the times in the Saturday practice sessions for the German Grand Prix. Ralf Schumacher finished ahead at the end of the morning, clocking a 1:15.387 ahead of Rubens Barrichello and...

Williams is looking good this weekend and remained at the top of the times in the Saturday practice sessions for the German Grand Prix. Ralf Schumacher finished ahead at the end of the morning, clocking a 1:15.387 ahead of Rubens Barrichello and Juan Pablo Montoya.

Montoya led the Williams charge in the first session with a best of 1:15.668, just a couple of tenths ahead of the Ferrari of Barrichello. Montoya traded the top spot with teammate Ralf, who was third quickest at the end of the session, and Michael Schumacher fourth. Both Renaults made the top ten but Kimi Raikkonen was the sole McLaren, David Coulthard eleventh.

Michael was first to the top at the start of the second session, with BAR's Jenson Button in second, both lapping in the 1:17 bracket. Fernando Alonso was next to take over the best time, the Renault driver clocking a 1:16.469, followed by teammate Jarno Trulli shaving another tenth or so off, 1:16.305. Ralf demoted the pair with a 1:16.028 then things quieted down a bit.

Jacques Villeneuve, Cristiano da Matta and Mark Webber were in the top ten and further down the field the Jordans were just ahead of the Minardis. Button and Villeneuve improved slightly and Heinz-Harald Frentzen moved up to eighth. Michael improved his time but stayed fourth.

Raikkonen split the two Renaults by taking third quickest and Barrichello briefly took over the top slot with a 1:15.495. Ralf retaliated with a 1:15.387 and teammate Montoya finally took to the track with only fifteen minutes remaining. The Colombian appeared content just to do a couple of installation laps but eventually set a time, third quickest.

Justin Wilson was further down the field from his efforts of yesterday, lapping over two seconds off Ralf's time and nine positions behind teammate Webber in fifteenth. In the closing stages Michael's Ferrari ground to a halt on track and Coulthard never even took to the circuit at all.

A strange morning and fairly sedate practices. Williams continues to look very strong and Renault also carrying through its good performance. The rest were a bit of a jumble and hard to really judge what anyone was up to. Final top eight classification: R. Schumacher, Barrichello, Montoya, Alonso, Trulli, Raikkonen, Webber, M. Schumacher.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Juan Pablo Montoya
Teams Ferrari , McLaren , Williams , Minardi , Jordan