Friday March 30th, 2001
Michael Schumacher topped the times in the first free-practice session for Sunday's Brazilian Grand Prix, but was issued a warning by a back-on-pace McLaren of Mika Hakkinen.
Both the silver cars had incidents through the first session on Friday, but Hakkinen was able to get closer to the Ferraris than he has so far this season, finishing just 0.050 seconds behind Schumacher.
Rubens Barrichello posted third best time in the second Ferrari, with David Coulthard filling the second row for McLaren.
Olivier Panis had a good morning in the BAR to post the fifth fastest time, but his team-mate Jacques Villeneuve could not match that performance and finished down in 15th.
The Jaguar pair put a smile back on the team's face after a computer theft on Wednesday night, with sixth and seventh places for Luciano Burti and Eddie Irvine respectively.
Hakkinen topped the times with just less than a quarter of the session gone, bettered it almost immediately, and little more than five minutes later was into the one minute-17s.
But with just more than half the session over, normal service was resumed as both Michael Schumacher and Rubens Barrichello shot to the top of the time sheets, with Schumacher almost half a second ahead of his Brazilian team-mate.
The Jaguars continued to put up a good showing, with Irvine knocking Hakkinen out of fourth, but they were dealt a surprise when a television camera fixed just in front of their garage fell to the ground.
"A few minutes before the end of the session we heard a loud crash and the remote camera that sort of swivels in front of the garages came crashing down," said team spokesman Nav Sidhu.
"The camera actually came down right in front of the garage but as the camera came down it also pulled down quite a heavy piece of scaffolding with it as well which just missed (team principal) Bobby (Rahal) by a few inches."
"There's nobody hurt but it's a bit of a fright."
As Hakkinen tried to improve, he dramatically spun his McLaren but recovered to return to the pits. The Finn soon got it together, however, and went to the top of the time sheets with just less than ten minutes to go.
But success was stolen from McLaren not long after as Schumacher stole first place by the slimmest of margins.
Pos Driver Team-Engine Tyres Times
1. M.Schumacher Ferrari B 1:16.832 201.900 km/h
2. Hakkinen McLaren Mercedes B 1:16.882 + 0.050
3. Barrichello Ferrari B 1:16.994 + 0.162
4. Coulthard McLaren Mercedes B 1:17.736 + 0.904
5. Panis BAR Honda B 1:17.759 + 0.927
6. Irvine Jaguar Cosworth M 1:17.840 + 1.008
7. Burti Jaguar Cosworth M 1:18.141 + 1.309
8. Montoya Williams BMW M 1:18.215 + 1.383
9. Heidfeld Sauber Petronas B 1:18.271 + 1.439
10. Trulli Jordan Honda B 1:18.291 + 1.459
11. Bernoldi Arrows Asiatech B 1:18.295 + 1.463
12. Frentzen Jordan Honda B 1:18.410 + 1.578
13. Raikkonen Sauber Petronas B 1:18.601 + 1.769
14. Alesi Prost Acer M 1:18.731 + 1.899
15. Villeneuve BAR Honda B 1:18.892 + 2.060
16. Marques European Minardi M 1:19.055 + 2.223
17. Verstappen Arrows Asiatech B 1:19.182 + 2.350
18. Fisichella Benetton Renault M 1:19.314 + 2.482
19. Mazzacane Prost Acer M 1:19.600 + 2.768
20. Button Benetton Renault M 1:19.811 + 2.979
21. Alonso European Minardi M 1:19.990 + 3.158
22. R.Schumacher Williams BMW M 1:56.634 + 0:39.802
All timing unofficial