Rain was a possibility for the third free practice of the Austrian Grand Prix but the session started in mild conditions with a track temperature of around 19C. The Jordan of Takuma Sato was the first car on track, followed by most of the rest to...
Rain was a possibility for the third free practice of the Austrian Grand Prix but the session started in mild conditions with a track temperature of around 19C. The Jordan of Takuma Sato was the first car on track, followed by most of the rest to put in installation laps. Minardi's Mark Webber clocked the first time of the day, a 1:16.491, only to be eclipsed by Michael Schumacher, surprisingly enough.
Michael continued to lap, improving his time slightly in an early showing for the Ferrari driver. Williams were on the pace, Ralf Schumacher into third and Juan Pablo Montoya sixth while the Toyotas of Allan McNish and Mika Salo also looked good.
Sauber continued with their form, as did Arrows, all four in the top six by half way through the session. Renault improved on yesterday's performance and the McLarens were very competitive, Kimi Raikkonen taking the top of the times and David Coulthard second.
Michael responded with a 1:09.636 to go quickest and then improved again on his personal best to be faster than last year's pole position time. Heinz-Harald Frentzen continued Arrows' good run, slotting into fifth and Sauber's Felipe Massa into fourth. Olivier Panis also kept up yesterday's pace, in the top six for BAR although team-mate Jacques Villeneuve was struggling.
In the final minutes of a very quiet session Jenson Button went eighth fastest for Renault and Frentzen up to fourth. Final top six classification: M. Schumacher, Barrichello, Raikkonen, Frentzen, Massa, Coulthard.