Ferrari untouchable in last Hungarian GP practices

Ferrari remained dominant in the last two practice sessions for the Hungarian Grand Prix, no-one could even get close to the top times of Michael Schumacher and Rubens Barrichello. The team mates were the only ones in the 1:14 bracket, Michael ...

Ferrari remained dominant in the last two practice sessions for the Hungarian Grand Prix, no-one could even get close to the top times of Michael Schumacher and Rubens Barrichello. The team mates were the only ones in the 1:14 bracket, Michael taking the fastest of 1:14.329 with Barrichello a mere couple of tenths behind.

McLaren's Kimi Raikkonen was third quickest, nearly one and a half seconds behind the Ferraris, David Coulthard in eleventh. Raikkonen seemed to have to advantage over the similarly clad Michelin runners, both Williams outside the top ten for much of the second session until improving near the end. Renault's Jarno Trulli was in sixth, Team mate Jenson Button was down in sixteenth.

Sauber continued to impress, Felipe Massa a steady top six performance throughout the second session and Nick Heidfeld in the top ten. BAR's Olivier Panis was also on the pace although it's hard to judge what the qualifying performance will be. BAR seem to do well in practices but not carry it through to qualifying. Panis was the faster of the two, in the top six, Jacques Villeneuve fifteenth.

Giancarlo Fisichella carried on Jordan's top ten speed despite a brief visit to the gravel but Takuma Sato was way down the field in seventeenth. Mika Salo and Allan McNish made improvements to twelfth and fourteenth for Toyota but Jaguar were less than impressive. Pedro de la Rosa again was quicker than Eddie Irvine, the Irishman just ahead of the Minardis.

Mark Webber had the advantage over temporary team mate Anthony Davidson but only by a very narrow margin. Both were easily inside the 107% and Davidson is putting in a good show at his first Grand Prix. A fairly static Saturday morning, Ferrari look set to hold their unbeatable form through into qualifying. Final top six classification: M. Schumacher, Barrichello, Raikkonen, Montoya, Massa, Panis.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Eddie Irvine , Giancarlo Fisichella , Takuma Sato , Jarno Trulli , Jenson Button , Pedro de la Rosa , Michael Schumacher , Rubens Barrichello , Mark Webber , David Coulthard , Olivier Panis , Jacques Villeneuve , Nick Heidfeld , Kimi Raikkonen , Anthony Davidson , Allan McNish , Felipe Massa
Teams Ferrari , Sauber , McLaren , Williams , Minardi , Jordan