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Friday Second Free Practice - Hungarian GP

Friday August 11th, 2000

McLaren top first day in Hungary

After spending most of the first part of the day in the pits, the two McLaren drivers took to the track on Friday afternoon to take the fastest times of the day, David Coulthard setting the quickest time just over a tenth of a second ahead of Hakkinen. Despite the dirty track conditions, Coulthard's best lap was only half a second off Hakkinen's 1999 pole winning time. Both drivers worked on dialing out slight oversteer problems with their cars, but otherwise had no real problems during the session.

Schumacher unsure about tyre choice

Michael Schumacher declared himself quite happy with the handling of his Ferrari today, the only doubt in his mind being the choice of tyres between the soft and extra soft compounds, which Bridgestone have brought to this race. Although the extra soft tyres might give a quicker qualifying time, the soft tyre could be the better race option if it is hot as expected. Rubens Barrichello was more concerned about the set-up of his car, which he said was not too good, although he had only been working for the best race set-up throughout the session.

Trulli heads Jordan duo

Jarno Trulli set the fifth fastest time for Jordan, he and teammate Heinz-Harald Frentzen working on dialing out too much understeer throughout the session. As usual, Frentzen was not trying for quick laps to day and was happy with his ninth position after working on race set-up.

Fisichella looking for grip

Like most of his rivals, Giancarlo Fisichella was quite happy with the balance of his Benetton during the session, but complained of an overall lack of grip from the track. Wurz was also struggling with a lack of grip which was manifesting itself with both understeer into the corners and oversteer under power.

Ralf happy with aerodynamic changes

Ralf Schumacher was happy with the aerodynamic changes made to his car, which had improved the grip and handling. He also said that BMW had done a good job setting up the mapping of his engine. Jenson Button was happy with the improvements he had made to his car during the session. Tomorrow he reckoned he would just need to work on the fine tuning after setting an impressive eighth fastest just behind Ralf.

In brief...

Despite a spin, Eddie Irvine said he had improved the balance of his car throughout the session after ending up in 10th place. Herbert, trying a different set-up on his car complained of rear end instability and could not better 20th time.

Zonta was back in 21st place after spinning off and stalling his BAR-Honda. Villeneuve (14th) also had two spins saying that it would be another struggle to make the top 10 on this high-downforce circuit where his car lacks grip and traction.

Pedro Diniz was one of the few to run a second set of tyres this afternoon and complained that when he did, it completely destroyed the balance he had found. A spin by de la Rosa and a wrong set-up from Verstappen saw the two Arrows well back in 17th and 18th place, also struggling for grip on this high downforce track.

Pos  Driver         Team                 Times                 
 1.  Coulthard      McLaren Mercedes     1:18.792  181.617 km/h
 2.  Hakkinen       McLaren Mercedes     1:18.943   +  0.151
 3.  M.Schumacher   Ferrari              1:19.138   +  0.346
 4.  Barrichello    Ferrari              1:19.896   +  1.104
 5.  Trulli         Jordan Mugen-Honda   1:20.104   +  1.312
 6.  Fisichella     Benetton Playlife    1:20.304   +  1.512
 7.  R.Schumacher   Williams BMW         1:20.307   +  1.515
 8.  Button         Williams BMW         1:20.343   +  1.551
 9.  Frentzen       Jordan Mugen-Honda   1:20.443   +  1.651
10.  Irvine         Jaguar Cosworth      1:20.713   +  1.921
11.  Heidfeld       Prost Peugeot        1:20.803   +  2.011
12.  Salo           Sauber Petronas      1:20.872   +  2.080
13.  Alesi          Prost Peugeot        1:20.878   +  2.086
14.  Villeneuve     BAR Honda            1:21.243   +  2.451
15.  Diniz          Sauber Petronas      1:21.323   +  2.531
16.  Wurz           Benetton Playlife    1:21.381   +  2.589
17.  de la Rosa     Arrows Supertec      1:21.400   +  2.608
18.  Verstappen     Arrows Supertec      1:21.803   +  3.011
19.  Gene           Minardi Fondmetal    1:21.972   +  3.180
20.  Herbert        Jaguar Cosworth      1:22.015   +  3.223
21.  Zonta          BAR Honda            1:22.169   +  3.377
22.  Mazzacane      Minardi Fondmetal    1:24.529   +  5.737

All timing unofficial

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