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Saturday First Free Practice - Italian GP

Saturday September 15th, 2001

Few drivers ventured out onto a damp Monza circuit for the first of Saturday's two practice sessions prior to the all-important qualifying hour.

But it was no surprise who was on top once again, as Juan Pablo Montoya showed the Williams cars, helped by the impressive power from their BMW engines, should have the measure of all conditions in Italy.

Montoya was 0.336 seconds ahead of Rubens Barrichello's Ferrari as team leader Michael Schumacher did not even bother to get out on track.

Pedro de la Rosa continued his impressive pace from the Friday sessions to finish third fastest in his Jaguar which is now bearing a black engine cover in memory of the victims of America's tragic terrorist attack.

De la Rosa was almost a second off the pace of Montoya, with the British American Racing cars of Jacques Villeneuve and Olivier Panis claiming fourth and fifth fastest times.

The session was slow in getting going and had little in the way of incidents, with Heinz-Harald Frentzen's Prost stopping on the circuit due to brake problems the only talking point.

Pos  Driver        Team                    Times                 
 1.  Montoya       Williams BMW       (M)  1:25.558  243.750 km/h
 2.  Barrichello   Ferrari            (B)  1:25.894    +    0.336
 3.  de la Rosa    Jaguar Cosworth    (M)  1:26.542    +    0.984
 4.  Villeneuve    BAR Honda          (B)  1:26.622    +    1.064
 5.  Panis         BAR Honda          (B)  1:26.729    +    1.171
 6.  Raikkonen     Sauber Petronas    (B)  1:27.535    +    1.977
 7.  Irvine        Jaguar Cosworth    (M)  1:27.625    +    2.067
 8.  Verstappen    Arrows Asiatech    (B)  1:27.853    +    2.295
 9.  Bernoldi      Arrows Asiatech    (B)  1:27.944    +    2.386
10.  Heidfeld      Sauber Petronas    (B)  1:28.066    +    2.508
11.  Enge          Prost Acer         (M)  1:28.791    +    3.233
12.  Trulli        Jordan Honda       (B)  1:30.536    +    4.978
13.  Frentzen      Prost Acer         (M)  1:32.214    +    6.656
14.  R.Schumacher  Williams BMW       (M)  1:47.742    + 0:22.184
15.  Fisichella    Benetton Renault   (M)  No Time
16.  Yoong         Minardi European   (M)  No Time
17.  Button        Benetton Renault   (M)  No Time
18.  Alesi         Jordan Honda       (B)  No Time
19.  M.Schumacher  Ferrari            (B)  No Time
20.  Coulthard     McLaren Mercedes   (B)  No Time
21.  Hakkinen      McLaren Mercedes   (B)  No Time 
22.  Alonso        Minardi European   (M)  No Time

All Timing Unofficial

Published at 09:06:42 GMT

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