Olivier Panis topped the morning times on day three of the official Magny-Cours test.
The McLaren test driver edged Ferrari's Michael Schumacher by 0.285s, with Schumacher's team mate Rubens Barrichello third fastest.
Mika Hakkinen took over from David Coulthard and put his McLaren fourth fastest, just ahead of Prost-Peugeot's Nick Heidfeld, the French team continuing to show improved form on what is to all intents its home circuit.
Pos Driver Car Time
1 Panis McLaren 1m15.610s
2 Schumacher M Ferrari 1m15.895s
3 Barrichello Ferrari 1m16.213s
4 Hakkinen McLaren 1m16.384s
5 Heidfeld Prost 1m16.457s
6 Salo Sauber 1m16.738s
7 Schumacher R Williams 1m16.805s
8 Fisichella Benetton 1m16.916s
9 De la Rosa Arrows 1m16.923s
10 Trulli Jordan 1m17.016s
etc (19 drivers made a time)
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