Ferrari on top for last Austrian GP practice

The fourth and final practice for the Austrian Grand Prix saw Sauber's Felipe Massa first out on track, followed by the Minardi of Alex Yoong who went off at the Rindt corner but managed to keep going. Kimi Raikkonen also took to the gravel for a...

The fourth and final practice for the Austrian Grand Prix saw Sauber's Felipe Massa first out on track, followed by the Minardi of Alex Yoong who went off at the Rindt corner but managed to keep going. Kimi Raikkonen also took to the gravel for a brief skirmish but he kept the McLaren on course.

Jacques Villeneuve had a better session early on, up into the top ten, and Michael Schumacher broke into the 1:08s with a 1:08.864, another personal best to set the quickest time. Nick Heidfeld put his Sauber into fifth while Olivier Panis was up to third fastest. Takuma Sato spun his Jordan at the Berger corner but extracted himself from the gravel, the yellow flags not disrupting any on track activity.

BAR seemed drastically improved, Panis and Villeneuve in the top six, along with both Renaults. Juan Pablo Montoya spun off with no serious consequences while Williams team-mate Ralf Schumacher shot up to third. Heinz-Harald Frentzen was on the pace again for Arrows in sixth. Mark Webber spun the Minardi at Mobilkom but got back on track while Massa went fourth fastest, times changing quite rapidly for a brief spell.

Enrique Bernoldi beached his Arrows at the Remus curve in the final minutes, Ferrari remained dominant and Williams came through strong at the end. Final top six classification: M. Schumacher, Barrichello, R. Schumacher, Montoya, Frentzen, Massa.

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