FRIDAY 14/7/2000 - FREE PRACTICE (11.00 to 12.00)
WEATHER CONDITIONS: OVERCAST AND WARM (Track 19, air 15)
1999 POLE: HAKKINEN, 1m10.954 (AVERAGE SPEED: 219.133 km/h)
1999 FASTEST RACE LAP: HAKKINEN, 1m 12.107s.
FERRARI: BARRICHELLO FASTEST
Rubens Barrichello set fastest time (1m 13.603s) in his Ferrari F1-2000 during this morning's session with team-mate Michael Schumacher (1m 14.214s) winding up fifth. The two men used different aerodynamic set-ups and tried a revised overall aerodynamic package. Schumacher was using a new car, chassis no. 204. Both drivers did two runs each of six/seven laps each using a race set-up.
JORDAN: TRULLI LEADS THE PURSUIT
Jarno Trulli (1m 13.840s) set second fastest time in the Jordan EJ10, both he and team-mate Heinz-Harald Frentzen (15th/1m 15.106s) grappling to work out the best balance on this low grip circuit. "They were sliding from oversteer to understeer and back, experimenting with the balance all the time," said race director Trevor Foster. The team will use its uprated evo 2 Mugen V10 engine tomorrow.
BAR: ZONTA A SATISFIED THIRD
Ricardo Zonta finished a satisfied third fastest (1m 14.046s) in his BAR-Honda, both he and Jacques Villeneuve (9th/1m 14.810s) trying a new aerodynamic package which included new undertray, diffuser, sidepods and rear wing elements. Jacques also felt very relaxed. "We will improve this afternoon for sure," he predicted.
ARROWS: VERSTAPPEN UPBEAT
Jos Verstappen was pleased with the feel of his Arrows A21, setting a third fastest 1m 14.068s, but Pedro de la Rosa (17th/1m 15.173s) complained of excessive understeer in the slow and medium-speed corners.
McLAREN: COULTHARD TAKES SIXTH
David Coulthard was happy with the feel of his McLaren-Mercedes MP4/15 (6th/1m 14.282s) although he did not complete his final three-lap run due to a suspected hydraulic problem. Mika Hakkinen did not record a time after stopping on the circuit on his out lap with suspected mechanical fuel pump failure.
BENETTON: Giancarlo Fisichella produced seventh fastest time (1m 14.306s) in his Benetton B200 despite losing time with a punctured right rear tyre and also curing his initial understeer on the quick corners. JAGUAR: Johnny Herbert wound up eighth in his Jaguar R1, both he and Eddie Irvine (14th) running race fuel loads and Irvine suffering a gearbox problem. SAUBER: In the Sauber-Petronas camp, Pedro Diniz admitted he went the wrong way on set-up while Mika Salo (10th) clipped a high kerb and had to come into the pits for a check over. WILLIAMS: Ralf Schumacher slid off the circuit in his Williams FW22, doing little damage, while Jenson Button (13th) confirmed lack of rear-end grip. PROST: The Prost team used the evo 3 version of the Peugeot V10 engine and will use the newer Step 4 version for qualifying. The team had a new aero package with revised rear bodywork and modified exhaust exits which were tested by Stephane Sarrazin last week at Vairano.
FRIDAY 14/7/2000 - FREE PRACTICE (13.00 to 14.00)
WEATHER CONDITIONS: OVERCAST AND WARM (Track 21, air 18)
1999 POLE: Hakkinen, 1m 10.954.
1999 FASTEST RACE LAP: Hakkinen, 1m 12.107s.
McLAREN: COULTHARD HEADS HAKKINEN in 1-2
David Coulthard (1m 12.464s) and Mika Hakkinen (1m 12.711s) set first and second fastest time in the second part of today's free practice session. Both cars were repaired following their technical problems during the first part of the session and both drivers had trouble-free runs despite Coulthard running wide into the gravel trap on one occasion. "I have never had such a good run of reliability before," said the Scot, " and I hope it continues."
SAUBER: SALO TAKES THIRD
Mika Salo posted third fastest time in his Sauber-Petronas (1m 12.786s), reporting himself very happy with the car's driveability. pedro Diniz was also content with the handling of his car after setting ninth fastest time (1m 13.548s).
FERRARI: FOURTH AND SEVENTH
The Ferrari F1-2000s of Michael Schumacher (1m 12.823s) and Rubens Barrichello (1m 13.359s) set fourth and seventh fastest times. Schumacher used three sets of tyres in total today. "I want to be very sure of my choice for qualifying and the race," he said. "We could be anywhere between first and fourth here on the grid." Barrichello concentrated on just a single set of tyres. "The car is not yet perfect," he said, "but nearly there."
BAR: ZONTA FIFTH
Ricardo Zonta was very happy with his BAR-Honda, making no set-up changes since the morning and winding up fifth on 1m 13.052s. Jacques Villeneuve was eighth (1m 13.463s) after making progress on aerodynamic settings and mechanical grip.
BENETTON: THREE OFFS FOR FISICHELLA
Giancarlo Fisichella (1m 13.596s) wound up tenth despite three off-track excursions, the Italian reporting that "the car is not too bad and the set-up pretty close." Alexander Wurz worked on tyre and brake set-up, producing 19th fastest time.
PROST: Jean Alesi (11th) was quite happy with his Prost-Peugeot, but was juggling front wing settings to dial out excessive oversteer. He ran new tyres at the end. Nick Heidfeld chose different settings to end up 13th. ARROWS: Jos Verstappen (12th) lost half the session to gearbox problems while Pedro de la Rosa (15th) was still complaining of understeer. MINARDI: The Minardi drivers reported that their cars felt very good in the second sector of the lap. WILLIAMS: Ralf Schumacher (22nd) had electronic problems on his Williams-BMW and team-mate Jenson Button (20th) concentrated on running high fuel loads to check out brake and tyre wear levels.