It was warm and sunny for the warm up session of the Brazilian Grand Prix, which was stopped near the end by a huge crash from Arrows' Enrique Bernoldi. Most drivers were out early to get in some installation laps, Michael Schumacher shaking down...
It was warm and sunny for the warm up session of the Brazilian Grand Prix, which was stopped near the end by a huge crash from Arrows' Enrique Bernoldi. Most drivers were out early to get in some installation laps, Michael Schumacher shaking down both the F2002 and the older chassis and it was a quiet first 15 minutes aside from Minardi's Alex Yoong having a minor spin. Jaguar's Pedro de la Rosa put in a very quick lap to go second fastest behind Michael Schumacher.
Bernoldi had a huge shunt shortly before the end and the car was on fire: he was unhurt but as the medical car arrived Sauber's Nick Hedifeld hit the open door of it and also crashed. Luckily no-one was hurt but a bit of shock moment and the session was red flagged. The medical car managed to get back to the pit lane and the marshals cleared the debris; Bernoldi's car was removed, he'll have to take the spare this afternoon -- it's as yet unknown what caused him to crash in the first place.
"I spun and hit the wall, because there is not much run-off there," Bernoldi explained afterwards. "Lots of cars were passing me, so I didn't know whether to get out or not. Heidfeld was one of the last cars past me, and just as I was getting out, he hit the medical car."
Heidfeld arrived at the scene of the accident too quickly to avoid it: "I didn't see any yellow flags," he said. "There was a Ferrari in front of me, which took some of my vision away, and I was left with nowhere to go. There was a bit of a gap on the left, but then the guy opened his door. I tried to go even more to my left but there wasn't room."
The session was restarted and a lot of drivers practiced starts at the pit lane exit but there were only a few minutes remaining and the times didn't change. McLaren, Ferrari and Williams showed the best pace, with the surprise addition of de la Rosa, Allan McNish was in the top ten for Toyota, as was Arrows' Heinz-Harald Frentzen. Final top six classification: M. Schumacher, de la Rosa, Raikkonen, R. Schumacher, Montoya, Barrichello.