Chinese GP, 24, 25 & 26 September
17 March 2001
Barrichello leads ahead of Qualifying
Rubens Barrichello once again set the pace in Free Practice for the Malaysian Grand Prix. The Brazilian's time of 1m36.188 was 0.3s faster than Ralf Schumacher and 0.4s faster than Mika Hakkinen. Session Times
For the start of the second forty-five minute practice session ahead of Qualifying for the Malaysian Grand Prix temperatures are up at 33 degrees Centigrade and the track is at 41 degrees.

The second session is unremarkable in the early stages only Juan Pablo Montoya, who is suffering from a serious deficiency of track time after Friday's calamity, spins but catches the engine and continues.

After fifteen minutes Michael Schumacher sets the fastest time of 1m36.6s - just over 0.1s faster than Coulthard as Giancarlo Fisichella runs into the gravel in the Benetton while Montoya moves up to seventh only to be displaced moments later by a flying Eddie Irvine in the Jaguar who goes sixth and team mate Burti goes eighth.

Just over half-way through the session Fernando Alonso, in the Minardi's engine seems to have blown as smoke billows out of the car and he comes to a stop causing yellow flags.

Meanwhile Mika Hakkinen joins the track and bites back as the Finn goes fastest for the first time this weekend - under 0.1s faster than Michael Schumacher.

With ten minutes remaining Barrichello takes to the track and displaces Hakkinen going 0.3s faster than Hakkinen with a lap time of 1m36.1s.

With just under ten minutes remaining Barrichello leads Hakkinen, Michael Schumacher, Ralf Schumacher, David Coulthard and Kimi Raikkonen.

In the final minutes Ralf Schumacher vaults up to second from fourth and Trulli goes seventh in the Jordan.

At the end of Free Practice and ahead of Qualifying Rubens Barrichello leads once again ahead of Ralf Schumacher and Mika Hakkinen. Michael Schumacher, David Coulthard and Heinz Harald Frentzen complete the top six.

Session Times

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28 September 2004
Grand Prix China
24 September Photos
04:00-05:00 1st Free Prac.
07:00-08:00 2nd Free Prac.
25 September Photos
02:00-02:45 1st Free Prac.
03:15-04:00 2nd Free Prac.
07:00 Qualifying
26 September Photos
07:00 Race
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2 R. Barrichello (Ferrari) 108
3 J. Button (BAR) 79
4 F. Alonso (Renault) 50
5 JP. Montoya (Williams) 46
6 J. Trulli (Renault) 46
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