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Saturday First Free Practice - French GP

Saturday June 30th, 2001

Michael Schumacher was in dominant form on Saturday, as he topped the times in the first practice session ahead of qualifying for the French Grand Prix.

Schumacher posted a quickest lap time of 1:13.729 seconds to top the times by almost half a second from McLaren ace and closest title challenger David Coulthard.

Coulthard produced just one flying lap after choosing to sit out much of the session, while his teammate Mika Hakkinen failed to complete a competitive lap despite no problems with his car.

Schumacher's brother Ralf was third quickest for Williams while his teammate Juan Pablo Montoya was fifth behind Ferrari's Rubens Barrichello.

Jordan's Jarno Trulli and Heinz-Harald Frentzen ended sixth and seventh fastest respectively ahead of British American Racing pair Olivier Panis and Jacques Villeneuve, while Sauber's Kimi Raikkonen completed the top-ten in an incident-free session.

Pos  Driver        Team                    Times                 
 1.  M.Schumacher  Ferrari            (B)  1:13.729  207.566 km/h
 2.  Coulthard     McLaren Mercedes   (B)  1:14.135    +    0.406
 3.  R.Schumacher  Williams BMW       (M)  1:14.932    +    1.203
 4.  Barrichello   Ferrari            (B)  1:15.044    +    1.315
 5.  Montoya       Williams BMW       (M)  1:15.712    +    1.983
 6.  Trulli        Jordan Honda       (B)  1:15.787    +    2.058
 7.  Frentzen      Jordan Honda       (B)  1:15.866    +    2.137
 8.  Panis         BAR Honda          (B)  1:15.868    +    2.139
 9.  Villeneuve    BAR Honda          (B)  1:15.931    +    2.202
10.  Raikkonen     Sauber Petronas    (B)  1:16.053    +    2.324
11.  Heidfeld      Sauber Petronas    (B)  1:16.195    +    2.466
12.  Verstappen    Arrows Asiatech    (B)  1:16.463    +    2.734
13.  Bernoldi      Arrows Asiatech    (B)  1:16.897    +    3.168
14.  de la Rosa    Jaguar Cosworth    (M)  1:16.949    +    3.220
15.  Alesi         Prost Acer         (M)  1:16.958    +    3.229
16.  Irvine        Jaguar Cosworth    (M)  1:17.140    +    3.411
17.  Fisichella    Benetton Renault   (M)  1:17.313    +    3.584
18.  Burti         Prost Acer         (M)  1:17.341    +    3.612
19.  Button        Benetton Renault   (M)  1:17.445    +    3.716
20.  Alonso        Minardi European   (M)  1:17.940    +    4.211
21.  Marques       Minardi European   (M)  1:18.107    +    4.378
     Hakkinen      McLaren Mercedes   (B)  No Time               

All Timing Unofficial

Published at 07:49:17 GMT



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