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.
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