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Rain Shortens Monza Testing - Day Three

Thursday August 31st, 2000

Pouring rain put an early end to today's testing session at the Monza circuit, where all Formula One teams are preparing for the Italian Grand Prix next week.

Just as it happened during yesterday's session, rain began to fall in the afternoon, though it did not stop on this occasion and the teams decided to call it a day.

Jacques Villeneuve set the fastest time of the day for the BAR team, in front of McLaren driver David Coulthard and Jordan's Heinz-Harald Frentzen, with reigning World Champion Mika Hakkinen in fifth.

It was another disappointing day for home favourite Michael Schumacher who, in front of a very big crowd, was only sixth in the Ferrari.

The Italian team was visited by Luca di Montezemolo, who was celebrating his 53rd birthday today. The Ferrari President was also joined by the teamís Sporting Director Jean Todt.

The morning session saw yet another accident at the Ascari chicane, and while Benettonís Giancarlo Fisichella suffered a big crash on Wednesday, today it was Minardi's Gaston Mazzacane turn.

The Argentine driver went off the track at a very high speed and ended up hitting the tyre barrier, but fortunately he escaped uninjured.

As teams were unable to continue their work during the afternoon, the McLaren crew decided to entertain the crowd, encouraging the tifosi to clap and do "the wave".

But the show got out of hand and some members of the British team started doing disrespectful gestures towards the Ferrari pit, until a McLaren member decided to put an end to it.

Friday will be the last day of the four day test at Monza.

Today's times:

Pos  Driver        Team                Time     Laps 
 1. Villeneuve    BAR-Honda            1:26.296  59  
 2. Coulthard     McLaren-Mercedes     1:26.905  22 
 3. Frentzen      Jordan-Mugen Honda   1:26.992  39 
 4. Hakkinen      McLaren-Mercedes     1:27.172  35 
 5. Zonta         BAR-Honda            1:27.318  38 
 6. M.Schumacher  Ferrari              1:27.411  33 
 7. Barrichello   Ferrari              1:27.560  35 
 8. de la Rosa    Arrows-Supertec      1:27.598  50 
 9. Gene          Minardi-Fondmetal    1:27.628  50 
10. Salo          Sauber-Petronas      1:27.722  44 
11. R.Schumacher  Williams-BMW         1:27.800  31 
12. Diniz         Sauber-Petronas      1:27.935  25 
13. Trulli        Jordan-Mugen Honda   1:28.001  25 
14. Alesi         Prost-Peugeot        1:28.277  24 
15. Wurz          Benetton-Playlife    1:28.303  50 
16. Irvine        Jaguar-Cosworth      1:29.259  45 
17. Mazzacane     Minardi-Fondmetal    1:29.364  13 
18. Button        Williams-BMW         1:39.806  5

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