Schumacher ahead in last Canadian GP practice

A very quiet start to the final practice session for the Canadian Grand Prix, a handful of cars putting in a few laps with some personal improvements on times but not positions initially. The big guns of Ferrari, Williams and McLaren made the...

A very quiet start to the final practice session for the Canadian Grand Prix, a handful of cars putting in a few laps with some personal improvements on times but not positions initially. The big guns of Ferrari, Williams and McLaren made the front running and again it seemed neither the Michelin or Bridgestone runners had the tyre advantage.

The Minardis swapped places at the bottom of the list then Rubens Barrichello went fastest to improve on Michael Schumacher's quick time of the previous session. Michael responded by going faster still -- his deceptively sedate first practice making way for the kind of pace that was expected.

Mark Webber spun his Minardi and bought out the yellow flags briefly. Improvements included Jacques Villeneuve and Nick Heidfeld; Giancarlo Fisichella moved up to sixth while Ralf Schumacher was on a personal best in sector one but Jarno Trulli had a big spin, the Renault effectively ruining Ralf's flyer. Juan Pablo Montoya was also quick, taking the top spot with a 1:13.646, Williams looking good.

Barrichello slid over the grass at turn eight and abruptly hit the wall, damaging the Ferrari's suspension and ending his session. Another yellow flag situation: no startling surprises as far as positions were concerned, although presumably Barrichello was startled to find a wall in his way. Enrique Bernoldi was the next spinner, without incident, and Michael retook the fastest time. Renault continued to struggle, as did Jaguar but Sauber improved with both Heidfeld and Felipe Massa in the top ten.

The last ten minutes saw slightly more activity; Eddie Irvine spun at the hairpin and Massa improved to fifth. Kimi Raikkonen went out on a new set of tyres and improved, as did David Coulthard did but the McLaren's were about a second off the pace. Montoya had a minor off while Ralf Schumacher improved to third but his time was disallowed for cutting a chicane.

BAR and Sauber seemed to get the best of the session and it looks like the battle for pole position in qualifying will again be between Ferrari and Williams. Final top six classification: M. Schumacher, Montoya, Barrichello, Raikkonen, R. Schumacher, Coulthard.

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