TRULLI HEADS HONDA FOURSOME Jarno sets fifth fastest time in free practice in Monaco Jarno Trulli (Benson and Hedges Jordan Honda) ended Friday free practice in Monaco fastest of the Honda-powered foursome with the fifth fastest time (1m21.048s).
TRULLI HEADS HONDA FOURSOME
Jarno sets fifth fastest time in free practice in Monaco
Jarno Trulli (Benson and Hedges Jordan Honda) ended Friday free practice in Monaco fastest of the Honda-powered foursome with the fifth fastest time (1m21.048s). His Jordan Honda team-mate Heinz-Harald Frentzen set the seventh fastest time (1m21.505s). Jacques Villeneuve (Lucky Strike BAR Honda) was ninth fastest (1m22.010s) while his BAR Honda team-mate Olivier Panis was 16th (1m23.662).
Mika Hakkinen topped the order in his McLaren Mercedes with Ferrari's Michael Schumacher second fastest and his brother Ralf third in the Williams BMW. Both sessions were characterised by a number of accidents and the appearance of some radical aerodynamics. The combination of Monaco's bumpy surface and low grip level, particularly on the first day of practice, caught many drivers out. Both the Jordan Hondas and Arrows sported extra front wings in an effort to increase front-end downforce which, while certainly innovative, were reported to be effective.
Jarno Trulli Position: 5th
"It is difficult to find the best set-up for this circuit as the track conditions change so much over the weekend. The car's balance does not feel as good as I'd like at the moment and we still have a lot of work to do, particularly with the tyres. Today, we worked through general car set-up for the race with different settings comparisons. Our race configuration seems pretty competitive, but we will have to look at the data to see what alterations we need to make for Saturday as qualifying is so important at this track."
Kazutoshi Nishizawa - Technical Director, Honda Racing Development
"A good session overall; we were able to carry out our set-up work as scheduled. The qualifying position is critical on this course so at the moment we are concentrating on the set-up for Saturday."
Tim Holloway, Head of Engineering, Jordan Honda
"It was a productive day's work for the team as we made good progress with the car set-ups. Monaco is a difficult track to drive and it's so important not to make mistakes, so I think both Jarno and Heinz did a very good job today to keep the cars on the track. This circuit is very special compared to others, so cars need a slightly different set-up. We're working through a programme based on our usual Monaco set-up, but still have further work to do. The track will be very different come Saturday so that poses another challenge for the morning practice session, in order to find the optimum qualifying set-up."
Craig Pollock, Team Principal and Managing Director, BAR Honda
"We had a very mixed session today. Unfortunately Olivier was caught out and that effectively ended his run. Jacques did a good job but we still have a lot of work to do overnight to find a good set-up for qualifying. We have had a tough day but overall we remain optimistic." <pre> Today's results 1 HAKKINEN McLaren Mercedes 1m19.853s 2 M.SCHUMACHER Ferrari 1m20.316s 3 R.SCHUMACHER Williams BMW 1m20.938s 4 BARRICHELLO Ferrari 1m20.959s 5 TRULLI Jordan Honda 1m21.048s 7 FRENTZEN Jordan Honda 1m21.505s 9 VILLENEUVE BAR Honda 1m22.010s 16 PANIS BAR Honda 1m23"662s