Saturday June 9th, 2001
World champion Michael Schumacher placed himself as the favourite to take pole position for the Canadian Grand Prix after setting a blistering pace in the final practice session at the Gilles Villeneuve circuit.
Schumacher, who had been outpaced by his McLaren rivals on Friday, was more than half a second quicker than his main championship opponent David Coulthard in the first of the McLarens.
Mika Hakkinen, fastest in the first three practice sessions, was third quickest in front of the second Ferrari of Rubens Barrichello.
Sauber's Nick Heidfeld continued to show his and his team's promising form by setting the fifth fastest time today ahead of teammate Kimi Raikkonen, who is making his debut at the Canadian track.
Local hero Jacques Villeneuve was eleventh quickest after being unable to run during the first practice session today due to mechanical problems with his BAR.
Brazilian Ricardo Zonta, standing in for Heinz-Harald Frentzen after the German withdrew from the Grand Prix feeling unwell, was fifteenth quickest in his return to racing.
Pos Driver Team Times
1. M.Schumacher Ferrari (B) 1:16.200 208.866 km/h
2. Coulthard Mclaren Mercedes (B) 1:16.707 + 0.507
3. Hakkinen Mclaren Mercedes (B) 1:16.828 + 0.628
4. Barrichello Ferrari (B) 1:16.986 + 0.786
5. Heidfeld Sauber Petronas (B) 1:17.103 + 0.903
6. Raikkonen Sauber Petronas (B) 1:17.144 + 0.944
7. Panis BAR Honda (B) 1:17.284 + 1.084
8. R.Schumacher Williams BMW (M) 1:17.521 + 1.321
9. Trulli Jordan Honda (B) 1:17.618 + 1.418
10. de la Rosa Jaguar Cosworth (M) 1:17.774 + 1.574
11. Villeneuve BAR Honda (B) 1:17.937 + 1.737
12. Irvine Jaguar Cosworth (M) 1:17.982 + 1.782
13. Verstappen Arrows Asiatech (B) 1:18.030 + 1.830
14. Montoya Williams BMW (M) 1:18.216 + 2.016
15. Zonta Jordan Honda (B) 1:18.595 + 2.395
16. Bernoldi Arrows Asiatech (B) 1:18.649 + 2.449
17. Alesi Prost Acer (M) 1:18.935 + 2.735
18. Button Benetton Renault (M) 1:19.213 + 3.013
19. Fisichella Benetton Renault (M) 1:19.347 + 3.147
20. Burti Prost Acer (M) 1:19.693 + 3.493
21. Alonso Minardi European (M) 1:20.549 + 4.349
22. Marques Minardi European (M) 1:21.013 + 4.813
All Timing Unofficial