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Saturday Second Free Practice - Italian GP

Saturday September 9th, 2000

Schumacher on track for pole

Michael Schumacher had another good session during the final free practice session before this afternoon's qualifying, the German setting the fastest time of the session, the only driver to break 1m 24.0 seconds. He ran 31 laps working on tyre evaluation and qualifying set-up and was two tenths quicker than his closest rival. Rubens Barrichello took the third fastest time, the two drivers delighted with their car's performance here and optimistic for a front row position at Ferrari's home race.

Hakkinen set to challenge for pole

Mika Hakkinen had a good session running fresh tyres to set the second fastest time of the session, the Finn having to dial out some understeer from his car when fitted with fresh rubber. David Coulthard completed the McLaren-Ferrari top four places with the fourth fastest time, his accident yesterday confirmed to have been caused by a wishbone failure.

Williams-BMW back on track

After their disappointing showing yesterday, the Williams-BMW team was back on track this morning as Ralf Schumacher and Jenson Button set the fifth and sixth fastest times fine tuning their cars for qualifying this afternoon with a fresh set of tyres each.

Fisichella seventh, no laps for Wurz

It was a mixed morning for the Benetton team as Giancarlo Fisichella got his car working better to take the seventh fastest time of the session. His teammate Alexander Wurz did not get a complete lap when his car came to a halt in both halves of the session due to a fuel pick-up problem, which left him stuck out on the track.

BAR better today

Jacques Villeneuve and Ricardo Zonta were a lot happier this morning when overnight changes saw their cars improve dramatically, Zonta eighth fastest just ahead of Villeneuve in ninth spot.

Bad session for Jordan

It was a disastrous session for the Jordan team. Heinz-Harald Frentzen completed just 7 laps before sliding off on the dusty edge of Parabolica corner and badly damaging the front left corner of his car along with the steering rack and nose section which the team spent the rest of the morning trying to repair. Jarno Trulli only managed 11 laps, the Italian spending most of the session in the pits while the team traced what turned out to be a stuck hydraulic valve that was causing the sensors to shut down the engine.

In brief...

Irvine, who was delighted with his Jaguar in which he set 10th place, had a worrying moment just before the end of the session when a rear suspension failure saw him almost lose control of his car. Mazzacane had to stop early when his Minardi's engine ran out of air pressure for the pneumatic valve system.

Pos  Driver         Team                 Times                 
 1.  M.Schumacher   Ferrari              1:23.904  248.126 km/h
 2.  Hakkinen       McLaren Mercedes     1:24.142   +  0.238
 3.  Barrichello    Ferrari              1:24.199   +  0.295
 4.  Coulthard      McLaren Mercedes     1:24.292   +  0.388
 5.  R.Schumacher   Williams BMW         1:24.352   +  0.448
 6.  Button         Williams BMW         1:24.515   +  0.611
 7.  Fisichella     Benetton Playlife    1:24.644   +  0.740
 8.  Zonta          BAR Honda            1:24.672   +  0.768
 9.  Villeneuve     BAR Honda            1:24.780   +  0.876
10.  Irvine         Jaguar Cosworth      1:25.064   +  1.160
11.  Salo           Sauber Petronas      1:25.179   +  1.275
12.  Trulli         Jordan Mugen-Honda   1:25.198   +  1.294
13.  Alesi          Prost Peugeot        1:25.299   +  1.395
14.  Diniz          Sauber Petronas      1:25.407   +  1.503
15.  Heidfeld       Prost Peugeot        1:25.431   +  1.527
16.  Herbert        Jaguar Cosworth      1:25.473   +  1.569
17.  de la Rosa     Arrows Supertec      1:25.508   +  1.604
18.  Verstappen     Arrows Supertec      1:25.776   +  1.872
19.  Frentzen       Jordan Mugen-Honda   1:26.272   +  2.368
20.  Gene           Minardi Fondmetal    1:26.295   +  2.391
21.  Mazzacane      Minardi Fondmetal    1:27.234   +  3.330
22.  Wurz           Benetton Playlife    8:45.695   +  7:21.791

All timing unofficial

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