Schumacher fastest in European GP Saturday practice

Michael Schumacher took control in the last two practice sessions for the European Grand Prix ahead of qualifying. Cool but clear weather conditions greeted the first session with the track temperature around 16C. Toyota and Jordan made the early...

Michael Schumacher took control in the last two practice sessions for the European Grand Prix ahead of qualifying. Cool but clear weather conditions greeted the first session with the track temperature around 16C. Toyota and Jordan made the early running while Kimi Raikkonen had some kind of gear box problem with his McLaren and there was much activity in his garage.

Michael Schumacher went wide at the first corner on his first lap then spun at Veedol, aborting the lap and returning to the pits. Raikkonen finally got onto the circuit and went fourth fastest while the Williams duo of Ralf Schumacher and Juan Pablo Montoya were at the top. Felipe Massa had a moment at turn two but kept the Sauber going and Jacques Villeneuve also had a high speed spin.

Michael came back out and set the fastest time and Pedro de la Rosa managed to lose a wheel somewhere. Rubens Barrichello went second fastest to make it a Ferrari one-two. De la Rosa's bad luck continued in the second session, the Jaguar coming to a halt on track. Jenson Button took his turn in the gravel and Eddie Irvine improved to a surprising twelfth at one point. The Irishman is unhappy with the car this weekend and doesn't expect much from the race.

Sauber continued well, as did Toyota and Mark Webber was another surprise, putting his Minardi fourteenth fastest ahead of the Jaguars, BARs and Arrows. Michael Schumacher held onto his fastest position, followed by Raikkonen and both Renaults were in the top ten. Final top six classification: M. Schumacher, Raikkonen, Barrichello, Heidfeld, R. Schumacher, Salo.

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