BULLETIN No 3
SUNDAY 04/03/01 - WARM UP
WEATHER CONDITIONS: overcast, rain spots ( 21-deg/air 21-deg)
2000 POLE POSITION: Michael SCHUMACHER (Ferrari), 1m 30.556s
2000 RACE FASTEST LAP: Rubens BARRICHELLO (Ferrari),1m 31.481s.
Overcast conditions prevailed for the half-hour warm-up with a few spots of rain punctuating proceedings as drivers made their final preparations for the race with the two McLaren-Mercedes setting fastest times.
WEST McLAREN MERCEDES
Technical: Three MP4/16s unchanged in specification from first day.
Sporting: Coulthard and Hakkinen first and second fastest after routine, trouble-free runs. Coulthard delayed briefly at start of session when team suspected engine oil leak although this did not prove to be the case.
Quotes: Ron Dennis: "I think all the top teams are concerned about reliability issues, but we have had no real problems."
ORANGE ARROWS ASIATECH
Technical: Thre AMT-engined A21s on hand for Jos Verstappen and Enrique Bernoldi.
Sporting: Verstappen(2nd) was happy with his race set-up. Bernoldi spun into the wall exiting the pit lane on his first lap, sustaining minor nose damage to his A22.
Quotes: Jos Vertstappen: "The car feels reasonably well balanced this morning."
BMW WILLIAMSF1 TEAM
Technical: Three FW23s unchanged from Friday free practice.
Sporting: Ralf Schumacher worried by excessive understeer despite a late tyre pressure change. Also had minor engine mapping problem with T-car. Montoya very happy with balance.
Quotes: Gerhard Berger: "We're quite happy but we need a little more downforce."
LUCKY STRIKE BAR HONDA
Technical: Three BAR003s on hand for Jacques Villeneuve and Olivier Panis.
Sporting: Villeneuve used both race and spare car, both he and Panis reporting that the balance felt fine.
Quotes: Jacques Villeneuve: "The car is good in race trim and we were running with around 80kg of fuel aboard."
SCUDERIA FERRARI MARLBORO
Technical: Three F2001s available for Schumacher and Barrichello.
Sporting: Schumacher had a slight brake problem with the T-car while he and Barrichello also checked out their race cars.
Quotes: Michael Schumacher: "We didn't do too many laps this morning as^we're keeping the cars for the race."
RED BULL SAUBER PETRONAS
Technical: Three C20 chassis unchanged from yesterday
Sporting: No problems for either Heidfeld or Raikkonen. Heidfeld reckoned his car was even better than during qualifying.
Quotes: Nick Heidfeld: "I'm delighted about the way the weekend has gone so far and I'm sure we'll be in the points if we finish."
Technical: Three Jaguar R2s available for the team.
Sporting: Irvine quite happy with the feel of the car, Burti unhurt after yesterday's accident and back at the wheel of repaired car.
Quotes: Eddie Irvine: "The car's handling is certainly more benign in race set-up than last year's."
BENSON & HEDGES JORDAN HONDA
Technical: Three Jordan EJ-11s unchanged in specification from first day.
Sporting: No problems whatsoever for Frentzen and Trulli, just carrying out full tank runs and race checks.
Quotes: Trevor Foster: "Our race tactics are clear-cut, but we are not discussing them."
Jean Alesi has a slight brake problem with the spare Prost Acer while Fernando Alonso had a slight off-track moment with the European Minardi F1 close to the end of the session and did not continue. Both Benetton-Renaults suffered from water leaks.