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Saturday First Free Practice - Malaysian GP

Saturday March 17th, 2001

Briton David Coulthard topped the times in Saturday's opening free practice for Sunday's Malaysian Grand Prix as the lap times tumbled in the hot sunshine.

Coulthard, driving a McLaren Mercedes-Benz, clocked a best lap of one minute and 36.814 seconds to outstrip Brazilian Rubens Barrichello and triple world champion Michael Schumacher of Germany in their Ferraris by one-tenth and five-tenths of a second respectively.

All three drivers were inside Schumacher's pole time of 1:37.397 set last October.

The two Ferraris were immediately quickest in the session, but Coulthard clawed his way back and clocked his best lap in the closing stages of an uneventful 45 minutes running in the heat with few spectators in the grandstands.

Pos. Driver        Team                  Times                
 1.  Coulthard     McLaren Mercedes (B)  1:36.814  206.115 km/h
 2.  Barrichello   Ferrari          (B)  1:37.004    +    0.190
 3.  M.Schumacher  Ferrari          (B)  1:37.320    +    0.506
 4.  Hakkinen      McLaren Mercedes (B)  1:37.456    +    0.642
 5.  R.Schumacher  Williams BMW     (M)  1:37.458    +    0.644
 6.  Heidfeld      Sauber Petronas  (B)  1:37.823    +    1.009
 7.  Frentzen      Jordan Honda     (B)  1:37.839    +    1.025
 8.  Montoya       Williams BMW     (M)  1:37.918    +    1.104
 9.  Panis         BAR Honda        (B)  1:37.940    +    1.126
10.  Irvine        Jaguar Cosworth  (M)  1:38.064    +    1.250
11.  Villeneuve    BAR Honda        (B)  1:38.254    +    1.440
12.  Trulli        Jordan Honda     (B)  1:38.286    +    1.472
13.  Raikkonen     Sauber Petronas  (B)  1:39.237    +    2.423
14.  Burti         Jaguar Cosworth  (M)  1:39.268    +    2.454
15.  Verstappen    Arrows Asiatech  (B)  1:39.401    +    2.587
16.  Fisichella    Benetton Renault (M)  1:39.999    +    3.185
17.  Bernoldi      Arrows Asiatech  (B)  1:40.081    +    3.267
18.  Mazzacane     Prost Acer       (M)  1:40.543    +    3.729
19.  Alonso        European Minardi (M)  1:40.667    +    3.853
20.  Alesi         Prost Acer       (M)  1:40.759    +    3.945
21.  Button        Benetton Renault (M)  1:41.630    +    4.816
22.  Marques       European Minardi (M)  1:42.042    +    5.228

 
All timing unofficial



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