Friday March 29th, 2002
By Will Gray
David Coulthard recovered from a disappointing morning session at Interlagos to rise to the top of the timesheets in his McLaren-Mercedes on Friday afternoon in practice for Sunday's Brazilian Grand Prix.
Scot Coulthard has already admitted his Championship hopes are slim after two non-finishes from the two races this year, but he boosted his hopes of success in Brazil by finishing almost 0.3 seconds faster than the Williams-BMW of Juan Pablo Montoya as the Michelin tyres used by both teams proved to work well in the hot conditions.
It was a good day for Scotland as Allan McNish finished third in the Toyota, four tenths slower than his countryman Coulthard as the new team, which scored a point on their debut in Australia, continued to out-perform their expectations.
Ralf Schumacher, in the second Williams-BMW, finished fourth ahead of fifth-placed Michael Schumacher, who was the fastest Bridgestone runner but spun once as he continued to work hard on setting up the new F2002 car for the gruelling Interlagos circuit.
McLaren new boy Kimi Raikkonen, from Finland, finished sixth, one place ahead of home hope Rubens Barrichello, who continued to struggle on his local circuit and finished 0.3 seconds slower than his teammate Schumacher in the old Ferrari.
Briton Jenson Button continued to impress with eighth fastest time, but his Renault teammate Jarno Trulli had to sit out most of the session after he made a mistake with the car's launch control system.
Jacques Villeneuve finished ninth for British American Racing and Pedro de la Rosa was tenth to give his Jaguar team a bit of hope after a difficult start to the season.
Jordan new boy Takuma Sato continued to struggle to cope with the bumpy circuit as he spun at turn eight and eventually finished 19th, and Olivier Panis also spun during the session.
Pos Driver Team Times
1. Coulthard McLaren Mercedes (M) 1:15.075 206.625 km/h
2. Montoya Williams BMW (M) 1:15.345 + 0.270
3. McNish Toyota (M) 1:15.450 + 0.375
4. R.Schumacher Williams BMW (M) 1:15.477 + 0.402
5. M.Schumacher Ferrari (B) 1:15.627 + 0.552
6. Raikkonen McLaren Mercedes (M) 1:15.883 + 0.808
7. Barrichello Ferrari (B) 1:15.933 + 0.858
8. Button Renault (M) 1:16.054 + 0.979
9. Villeneuve BAR Honda (B) 1:16.183 + 1.108
10. de la Rosa Jaguar Cosworth (M) 1:16.289 + 1.214
11. Frentzen Arrows Cosworth (B) 1:16.375 + 1.300
12. Bernoldi Arrows Cosworth (B) 1:16.379 + 1.304
13. Panis BAR Honda (B) 1:16.391 + 1.316
14. Irvine Jaguar Cosworth (M) 1:16.424 + 1.349
15. Salo Toyota (M) 1:16.529 + 1.454
16. Fisichella Jordan Honda (B) 1:16.539 + 1.464
17. Massa Sauber Petronas (B) 1:16.548 + 1.473
18. Heidfeld Sauber Petronas (B) 1:16.573 + 1.498
19. Sato Jordan Honda (B) 1:17.624 + 2.549
20. Webber Minardi Asiatech (M) 1:17.714 + 2.639
21. Trulli Renault (M) 1:17.979 + 2.904
22. Yoong Minardi Asiatech (M) 1:18.426 + 3.351
All Timing Unofficial
Published at 17:08:59 GMT