Pouring rain greeted the first free practice session of the Brazilian Grand Prix which led to an unsettled start for those out first. Renault's Jarno Trulli was fastest in the private test session this morning ahead of the two Jaguars. Michael ...
Pouring rain greeted the first free practice session of the Brazilian Grand Prix which led to an unsettled start for those out first. Renault's Jarno Trulli was fastest in the private test session this morning ahead of the two Jaguars. Michael Schumacher headed the times after first practice, which saw four drivers not even setting a time.
The McLaren duo of David Coulthard and Kimi Raikkonen were first out into the deluge, followed by the Saubers of Nick Heidfeld and Heinz-Harald Frentzen. With ten minutes gone, and many drivers risking the conditions, there was still no time set but finally Frentzen clocked a 1:40.270 after nearly 20 minutes.
Frentzen improved his time by a couple of seconds in his next few laps, still top of the list by half way through the session and ahead of David Coulthard, Nick Heidfeld and Jacques Villeneuve respectively, the only others to set a time by then.
The big guns made their presence felt shortly afterwards, Coulthard taking over the top of the times from Juan Pablo Montoya, Michael Schumacher fourth behind the BAR of Jenson Button before Button jumped up to second. Meanwhile, Toyota's Cristiano da Matta was up to fifth, Rubens Barrichello seventh and Jordan's Giancarlo Fisichella eighth.
Michael was next at the top, Olivier Panis into the top ten and only fourteen drivers had set a time with fifteen minutes to go. Antonio Pizzonia red-flagged the session in the last ten minutes when the Jaguar went into the barrier in sector two.
Once the practice was re-started there was no change at the front , Michael leading from Coulthard, Button and Trulli with five drivers still not setting a time: Kimi Raikkonen, Pizzonia, Justin Wilson, Fernando Alonso and Ralph Firman.
Firman finally set a time to go sixteenth on his first trip out, after problems in the private practice this morning but the others of the non-time setters remained unclocked. Schumacher's best was a 1:28.060. Final Top eight classification: M. Schumacher, Coulthard, Button, Trulli, Montoya, Barrichello, Panis, da Matta.