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Sunday Warm-Up - German GP

Sunday July 29th, 2001

Williams continued to dominate at the German Grand Prix after Ralf Schumacher topped the times in Sunday's warm-up session ahead of team-mate and pole-sitter for Sunday's race Juan Pablo Montoya.

The Williams duo outpaced closest rival David Coulthard, who was third, just less than two tenths of a second off the younger Schumacher's time.

Michael Schumacher was fourth fastest with team-mate Rubens Barrichello in fifth as the Ferraris continued to lack pace around the fast Hockenheim circuit. Mika Hakkinen finished sixth, with the final German in the field, Nick Heidfeld, in seventh.

Ricardo Zonta was the first man out of the pits as the session began with all but Villeneuve and Button coming out immediately then returning to the pits to jump in their spare cars.

With six minutes of the session gone, Jarno Trulli was forced to park his smoking EJ11 by the side of the track, just before the Ayrton Senna curve and a long way away from the pits.

And just to rub salt in the team's wounds, Zonta, replacing the sacked Heinz-Harald Frentzen in car number 11, spun off in the stadium section just four minutes later.

With the spare already being set up for Trulli, who made it back on track with 14 minutes of the session remaining, Zonta was left without a car and failed to post a competitive time.

Fernando Alonso made Minardi's task a little more difficult when he spun at the Sudkurve and piled sideways into the tyre barrier. Not to be outdone, however, team-mate Tarso Marques had a brief spin at the Ostkurve but continued.

Pedro de la Rosa stopped when a wheel nut came loose and fell off just after the Jim Clarke curve, and Giancarlo Fisichella had a brief spin in the Ostkurve but was able to continue.

Enrique Bernoldi set a surprisingly fast eighth placed time for Arrows, with team-mate Jos Verstappen eleventh despite the low power of the Asiatech engine.

Jacques Villeneuve and Olivier Panis filled out the top ten for British American Racing with ninth and tenth places respectively.

Pos  Driver        Team                    Times                 
 1.  R.Schumacher  Williams BMW       (M)  1:42.621  239.425 km/h
 2.  Montoya       Williams BMW       (M)  1:42.651    +    0.030
 3.  Coulthard     Mclaren Mercedes   (B)  1:42.743    +    0.122
 4.  M.Schumacher  Ferrari            (B)  1:42.747    +    0.126
 5.  Barrichello   Ferrari            (B)  1:42.989    +    0.368
 6.  Hakkinen      Mclaren Mercedes   (B)  1:43.129    +    0.508
 7.  Heidfeld      Sauber Petronas    (B)  1:43.479    +    0.858
 8.  Bernoldi      Arrows Asiatech    (B)  1:43.512    +    0.891
 9.  Villeneuve    BAR Honda          (B)  1:43.570    +    0.949
10.  Panis         BAR Honda          (B)  1:43.615    +    0.994
11.  Verstappen    Arrows Asiatech    (B)  1:43.704    +    1.083
12.  de la Rosa    Jaguar Cosworth    (M)  1:43.706    +    1.085
13.  Irvine        Jaguar Cosworth    (M)  1:43.851    +    1.230
14.  Trulli        Jordan Honda       (B)  1:43.856    +    1.235
15.  Raikkonen     Sauber Petronas    (B)  1:43.986    +    1.365
16.  Alesi         Prost Acer         (M)  1:44.300    +    1.679
17.  Fisichella    Benetton Renault   (M)  1:44.601    +    1.980
18.  Burti         Prost Acer         (M)  1:45.004    +    2.383
19.  Alonso        Minardi European   (M)  1:45.263    +    2.642
20.  Button        Benetton Renault   (M)  1:45.653    +    3.032
21.  Marques       Minardi European   (M)  1:45.981    +    3.360
22.  Zonta         Jordan Honda       (B)  6:35.247    + 4:52.626

All Timing Unofficial

Published at 08:03:59 GMT

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