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Friday Second Free Practice - Italian GP

Friday September 8th, 2000

Ferrari on top on Friday

Both Ferrari drivers continued to work on the same set of tyres for the second free practice session of the day which saw Michael Schumacher improve his time to take the second quickest time behind his team-mate Rubens Barrichello who remained on top with his morning time. "The car is very drivable here," said Rubens, "we have made little improvements to the handling since the test." Michael Schumacher continued to work for the race running a total of 36 laps for the day. "It was a good start to the weekend, I hope it will continue," said Michael who ended up just 6/100ths of a second slower than Rubens.

All well at Jordan

Jarno Trulli continued to work on small set-up changes with good results. "I also think the track is a bit quicker than last week, which is why the times are faster," he said. Heinz-Harald Frentzen continued to work on race set-up saving a quick run for the tomorrow morning. "We learned a lot at the test and I am happy with the car today," said Frentzen who ended up in 14th place.

Hakkinen back on track

Mika Hakkinen was back on the track this afternoon after repairs to fix his McLaren's clutch. He ran 22 laps throughout the session setting the fourth fastest time, his teammate David Coulthard ending up fifth after spinning off at the entry to the second Lesmo. A broken wishbone was found when the car was recovered, although it is uncertain if it was the cause of the spin.

Irvine happy with sixth

"We have made some good progress with the car which is better balanced now," said Eddie who had four straight-ons at the chicane and a new set of tyres during the session. Johnny Herbert was also happy with the progress they had made with his car during the session moving from 17th to 12th on the time sheets.

Both Arrows retain top 10

Although Pedro de la Rosa failed to improve upon his morning time he remained seventh fastest for the day. Jos Verstappen worked on brake problems in the afternoon improving his time to take ninth place for the day.

In brief...

An hydraulic leak saw Alex Wurz run only four laps this afternoon, while teammate Fisichella slipped back to 15th overall as he worked on race set-up but still managed to improve his time slightly. BAR drivers were disappointed by the fact that they could not match their testing times here, the team putting their problems down to difficulties in adapting to the harder new tyres brought here for the race. Jean Alesi had another troubled session when he stopped with a hydraulic leak on lap 3. He ended up slowest for the day. Gaston Mazzacane spun off during the session and was unable to continue. The Williams team spent the day working on race data for the tyres and brakes, Button fastest in 11th place and Ralf Schumacher back in 21st spot.

Pos  Driver         Team                 Times                 
 1.  Barrichello    Ferrari              1:25.057  244.763 km/h
 2.  M.Schumacher   Ferrari              1:25.117   +  0.060
 3.  Trulli         Jordan Mugen-Honda   1:25.390   +  0.333
 4.  Hakkinen       McLaren Mercedes     1:25.553   +  0.496
 5.  Coulthard      McLaren Mercedes     1:25.796   +  0.739
 6.  Irvine         Jaguar Cosworth      1:25.907   +  0.850
 7.  de la Rosa     Arrows Supertec      1:25.912   +  0.855
 8.  Diniz          Sauber Petronas      1:25.981   +  0.924
 9.  Verstappen     Arrows Supertec      1:26.020   +  0.963
10.  Salo           Sauber Petronas      1:26.293   +  1.236
11.  Button         Williams BMW         1:26.452   +  1.395
12.  Herbert        Jaguar Cosworth      1:26.634   +  1.577
13.  Gene           Minardi Fondmetal    1:26.638   +  1.581
14.  Frentzen       Jordan Mugen-Honda   1:26.763   +  1.706
15.  Fisichella     Benetton Playlife    1:26.809   +  1.752
16.  Villeneuve     BAR Honda            1:26.906   +  1.849
17.  Zonta          BAR Honda            1:27.070   +  2.013
18.  Wurz           Benetton Playlife    1:27.093   +  2.036
19.  Heidfeld       Prost Peugeot        1:27.135   +  2.078
20.  Mazzacane      Minardi Fondmetal    1:27.468   +  2.411
21.  R.Schumacher   Williams BMW         1:27.852   +  2.795
22.  Alesi          Prost Peugeot        1:27.904   +  2.847

All timing unofficial

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