Ferrari set the pace in the first Friday practice for the Canadian Grand Prix, Michael Schumacher leading Rubens Barrichello. Schumacher's best of 1:14.013 was just under three tenths ahead of his teammate, while BAR third driver Anthony Davidson...
Ferrari set the pace in the first Friday practice for the Canadian Grand Prix, Michael Schumacher leading Rubens Barrichello. Schumacher's best of 1:14.013 was just under three tenths ahead of his teammate, while BAR third driver Anthony Davidson put in his usual fine performance for third fastest. It was an unremarkable start to the weekend with the majority of drivers doing less than 20 laps.
The track temperature was in the low to mid thirties as practice commenced, the third drivers taking to the circuit initially. Jordan's Timo Glock was first to put a time on the board, 1:21.870, then Toyota counterpart Ricardo Zonta clocked a more reasonable 1:17.620. He improved on that by a few tenths, while Davidson went second fastest, 1.6 down. The Minardi race drivers, Zsolt Baumgartner and Gianmaria Bruni, made it five on the time sheet with 20 minutes gone. Third driver Bas Leinders came to a halt on his first lap out.
Davidson took over at the top, 1:16.217, and Michael Schumacher's first foray saw the Ferrari slot into second, four tenths down. He quickly improved on that to go fastest with a 1:15.014, over a second up on Davidson. Jordan's Nick Heidfeld made it seven drivers in action, taking fourth quickest, and Juan Pablo Montoya was next to join, third on the time sheet for the Williams.
The second Williams of Ralf Schumacher took the fourth slot as Montoya simultaneously improved to second fastest, just over a second off Michael. Ralf retaliated by snatching his teammate's position, nine tenths behind the Ferrari. Cristiano da Matta put his Toyota fifth, and Jaguar's Christian Klien set the ninth fastest time to make it eleven drivers in action with thirty minutes gone.
Renault's Jarno Trulli managed 11th on his first effort and Barrichello seventh, while Olivier Panis' Toyota clocked 14th. Trulli improved to fifth and Sauber's Felipe Massa was next into the top ten, ninth. Barrichello moved up to second behind Michael, only slightly faster than Ralf, and Renault's Fernando Alonso took eighth on his first timed effort, then moved up one to seventh.
Trulli took the second slot from Barrichello, four tenths down on Michael, and Giancarlo Fisichella put his Sauber ninth. David Coulthard was the first McLaren on the time sheet, 11th, and Michael improved his top time to 1:14.158. Zonta moved up to second fastest, seven tenths down, and Davidson to fourth after dropping down the order. Michael went quicker by another tenth and Takuma Sato started BAR's weekend with 14th. Teammate Jenson Button posted 11th on his first effort.
Barrichello moved up to second after being shuffled down, three tenths off Michael, and Button improved to sixth, only to have Alonso take the position off him. Kimi Raikkonen slotted his McLaren into 13th, one place ahead of teammate Coulthard, and Davidson improved to third. Montoya moved back into the top ten and Mark Webber finally put a time in with five minutes to go, 14th for the Jaguar.
Michael just kept getting quicker at the top, 1:14.013, with Barrichello holding station in second. There were some last minute improvements down the field but no major changes in position. Third drivers Davidson and Zonta did their usual admirable job in third and fourth fastest, the top four within a second. Then it was a further half a second down to the pair of Renaults.
It was business as usual for the first practice of the weekend, Ferrari looking strong, Renault and Williams fairly handy and Button making his presence felt. Jaguar third driver Bj?rn Wirdheim didn't set a time and neither did Jordan race driver Giorgio Pantano. Final top eight classification: M. Schumacher, Barrichello, Davidson, Zonta, Trulli, Alonso, Button, Montoya.