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Saturday Free Practice - Canadian GP

Saturday June 17th, 2000

Coulthard quick; Hakkinen thwarted

David Coulthard remained the fastest driver during free practice for the Canadian GP, but his McLaren teammate Mika Hakkinen was on a much quicker lap when he had to slow down because of yellow flags. Coulthard sat out the first half of the session when McLaren decided to change his engine, which had developed an obscure electrical problem, but set several fast times when he resumed running in the second half. Hakkinen, however, who was much happier with the balance of his MP4/15, was eight tenths under his time when he had to back off.

Ferrari stays in touch

Despite the speed of the McLarens, Michael Schumacher and Rubens Barrichello were happy with the performance of their Ferraris. "We only made very small changes in set-up and we can improve a little bit more," Schumacher said. "We each ran only one set of tyres, and experimented with trying worn tyres on the front, and then on the rear, to explore the handling characteristics of the cars in different trim. This afternoon we need to guard against the rising temperature and changes in the wind direction."

Lucky Trulli shines for Jordan

Technical director Mike Gascoyne reported that there is little difference here between new or old tyres, so really it would be up to the drivers to choose what to run for qualifying. Trulli is leaning towards new rubber, but Frenzten is not yet decided. The Italian was very lucky to avoid an accident when he was nearly hit by Nick Heidfeld, who just managed to keep his Prost on the track after nearly spinning in the fast esses.

Ralf puts Williams back on track

Big set-up changes improved Williams' downforce and mechanical grip. Ralf Schumacher was very happy to have more grip and better traction, but felt his car's reaction was a little slow. "My leg is absolutely no problem here," he reported. Jenson Button was also happier, enjoying improved traction though still troubled by slight understeer in slow corners and the rear of the car bottoming.

Villeneuve aims for top 10

"The change in weather made things more difficult for us," Villeneuve said, but he was happy with the balance of his BAR-Honda and believes he can qualify in the top 10. Ricardo Zonta, meanwhile, continued to have gearbox problems, this time with the selection.

Salo fights for traction

Mika Salo still had problems with traction and the driveability of his Sauber's engine. ?Qualifying will be very difficult, unless you have an absolutely clear lap, the Finn said. ?If you go even slightly off line, the tyres get really dirty.? Pedro Diniz will use the spare car, after damaging his race car going over the kerb in the last corner.

In brief...

Fisichella spun on oil dropped when Heidfeld's engine broke, but Wurz was a lot happier with the aerodynamic balance of his B200. Herbert was happy with his Jaguar's set-up, but Irvine struggled with the low downforce set-up and had three spins.

Pos  Driver         Team                 Times               
 1.  Coulthard      McLaren Mercedes     1:18.654  
 2.  M.Schumacher   Ferrari              1:18.873   +  0.219
 3.  Barrichello    Ferrari              1:18.909   +  0.255
 4.  Hakkinen       McLaren Mercedes     1:19.115   +  0.461
 5.  Trulli         Jordan Mugen-Honda   1:19.342   +  0.688
 6.  R.Schumacher   Williams BMW         1:19.536   +  0.882
 7.  Villeneuve     BAR Honda            1:19.569   +  0.915
 8.  Frentzen       Jordan Mugen-Honda   1:19.619   +  0.965
 9.  Salo           Sauber Petronas      1:19.763   +  1.109
10.  Fisichella     Benetton Playlife    1:19.847   +  1.193
11.  Button         Williams BMW         1:19.918   +  1.264
12.  Verstappen     Arrows Supertec      1:19.988   +  1.334
13.  Wurz           Benetton Playlife    1:20.005   +  1.351
14.  Herbert        Jaguar Cosworth      1:20.008   +  1.354
15.  Alesi          Prost Peugeot        1:20.021   +  1.367
16.  Irvine         Jaguar Cosworth      1:20.052   +  1.398
17.  Zonta          BAR Honda            1:20.306   +  1.652
18.  Heidfeld       Prost Peugeot        1:20.486   +  1.832
19.  Diniz          Sauber Petronas      1:20.546   +  1.892
20.  de la Rosa     Arrows Supertec      1:20.552   +  1.898
21.  Gene           Minardi Fondmetal    1:20.914   +  2.260
22.  Mazzacane      Minardi Fondmetal    1:21.133   +  2.479

All Timing Unofficial