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