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Friday Second Free Practice - San Marino GP

Friday April 13th, 2001

Michael Schumacher at Imola, todayWorld champion Michael Schumacher was fastest on Friday as Ferrari dominated free practice for the San Marino Formula One Grand Prix.

The German, winner here for the last two years and chasing a record-equalling eighth successive pole position, recorded a time of 1:25.096 on a drying track as the sun came out after a day of steady rain at Imola.

His Brazilian team mate Rubens Barrichello, criticised after he failed to finish his home race at Interlagos two weeks ago for the seventh year in a row, was second fastest in 1:25.372.

Barrichello had been fastest in the morning, when the track was still throwing up spray, in 1:31.998.

The times compared to former champion Mika Hakkinen's pole position for McLaren in 2000 of 1:24.714 and can be expected to fall further in Saturday's qualifying for Sunday's race if the fine weather holds up.

Hakkinen was fourth fastest, slower than the Williams of Michael's younger brother Ralf. Frenchman Olivier Panis clocked the fifth quickest time in a BAR.

Colombian Juan Pablo Montoya, the other Williams hope, watched much of the second session from the pit lane wall after recording only the 17th fastest time in the morning.

Montoya, the Formula One newcomer who led for half the race in Brazil, put in two laps in the afternoon and did not improve his time from the morning. He ended as the slowest overall.

Briton David Coulthard, Hakkinen's team mate who won the last race in Brazil and is second in the championship behind Schumacher, spun off into the gravel trap and was 11th fastest.

Dutchman Jos Verstappen, who ended Montoya's race at Interlagos when they collided after the Colombian had lapped him, managed only seven laps after a troubled day.

Pos. Driver        Team                   Times                 
 1.  M.Schumacher  Ferrari            (B) 1:25.096  208.691 km/h
 2.  Barrichello   Ferrari            (B) 1:25.372    +    0.276
 3.  R.Schumacher  Williams BMW       (M) 1:25.829    +    0.733
 4.  Hakkinen      McLaren Mercedes   (B) 1:26.341    +    1.245
 5.  Panis         BAR Honda          (B) 1:26.535    +    1.439
 6.  Raikkonen     Sauber Petronas    (B) 1:26.552    +    1.456
 7.  Irvine        Jaguar Cosworth    (M) 1:26.599    +    1.503
 8.  Villeneuve    BAR Honda          (B) 1:26.739    +    1.643
 9.  Trulli        Jordan Honda       (B) 1:26.923    +    1.827
10.  Burti         Jaguar Cosworth    (M) 1:26.933    +    1.837
11.  Coulthard     McLaren Mercedes   (B) 1:27.132    +    2.036
12.  Heidfeld      Sauber Petronas    (B) 1:27.142    +    2.046
13.  Frentzen      Jordan Honda       (B) 1:27.406    +    2.310
14.  Alesi         Prost Acer         (M) 1:27.437    +    2.341
15.  Fisichella    Benetton Renault   (M) 1:28.322    +    3.226
16.  Mazzacane     Prost Acer         (M) 1:28.586    +    3.490
17.  Button        Benetton Renault   (M) 1:28.902    +    3.806
18.  Alonso        European Minardi   (M) 1:28.931    +    3.835
19.  Bernoldi      Arrows Asiatech    (B) 1:29.273    +    4.177
20.  Marques       European Minardi   (M) 1:29.589    +    4.493
21.  Verstappen    Arrows Asiatech    (B) 1:29.750    +    4.654
22.  Montoya       Williams BMW       (M) 1:39.812    + 0:14.716

All timing unofficial



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