Brazilian Grand Prix - Qualifying report

1.00pm (local time)

Brazilian Grand Prix - Qualifying report

Zonta immediately goes onto the track, followed by Fisichella (Benetton) and Mazzacane (Minardi)

Heavy rainclouds gathering.

Zonta completes lap - 1m17.134

Fisichella - 1m18.211

Mazzacane - 1m18.803

Jos Verstappen (Arrows) goes quickest in second sector

1.05pm (local time)

Fisichella goes quickest - 1m16.066

Barrichello (Ferrari) and Button (Williams) out onto the track

1.07pm (local time)

Barrichello has trouble with braking at several corners, but still goes second to Michael Schumacher (Ferrari) who has taken provisional pole - 1m14.955

Mazzacane stops out on the track.

Jarno Trulli (Jordan) spins off into a gravel trap. Yellow flags out.

1.10pm (local time)

Jacques Villeneuve (BAR) out on the track - 7th overall, 1m17.009


Mika Hakkinen (McLaren) on the track

Trulli reaches the pits on foot.

Nick Heidfeld attempts a quick lap - 9th overall, 1m17.112

Light rain starts to fall.

Hakkinen takes provisional pole - 1m14.434, despite missing the apex at turn 4.

David Coulthard (McLaren) 2nd - 1m14.924

Jenson Button (Williams) on the track. 12th overall, 1m16.870

1.15pm local time

Diniz's (Sauber) rear wing breaks. Jacques Villeneuve spins off.

Jenson Button goes 4th. 1m15.680

Fisichella makes a mistake and spoils his fast lap.

Jenson Button goes quicker still.

Both Ferraris back out onto the track in tandem

1.18pm (local time)

Order Hakkinen, Coulthard, Schumacher, Fisichella, Button, Zonta

Schumacher spins off at turn three, bringing yellow flags out as Barrichello passes - Rubens has to back off.

Barrichello takes 2nd provisionally, 1m14.636

1.20pm (local time)

Michael Schumacher drives back to the pits - and is wheeled back into his garage

Rain starts to fall heavily.

Ralf Schumacher (Williams) finishes his lap, compromised by the rain, 1m15.952 - 10th overall

Jarno Trulli is as yet the only car not to complete a time - the spare Jordan has a throttle problem

1m24pm (local time)

Marc Gene (Minardi) takes a trip onto the grass, and comes into the pits

1.27pm (local time)

Eddie Irvine (Jaguar) goes 6th, 1m15.425

Jarno Trulli sets a lap quick enough to qualify - he is 13th, 1m16.066

1.29pm local time

Session is red flagged due to red flagged due to an advertising hoarding falling down in the pitlane.

1.35pm (local time)

Michael Schumacher, David Coulthard and Hakkinen all on fast laps

Hakkinen nearly 0.3seconds faster in the first sector.

Lap is 1m14.111, extending provisional pole

Michael Schumacher starts his fast lap, but is already 0.4 seconds down after the firt split.

Schumacher goes second, 1m14.508

1.40p(local time)

David Coulthard goes second ahead of Schumacher - 1m14.374

Coulthard completes his next lap, quicker but not enough to move up

Red flags out again - the rest of the hoarding has fallen down

Classification - Hakkinen, Coulthard, Schumacher, Barrichello, Fisichella, Irvine, Frentzen, Button, Zonta, Trulli, Wurz, Verstappen, Alesi, R Schumacher, De La Rosa, Herbert, Gene, Villeneuve, Heidfeld, Diniz, Mazzacane, Salo

1.51pm (local time)

Cars back out onto the track after session is green-flagged.

Herbert starts a lap, but is 0.6 off Hakkinen after the first sector

Herbert still 16th, but quicker - 1m16.250

Ralf Schumacher starts another lap, but is still slower than Button

1.55pm (local time)

Ralf Schumacher moves from 14th to 10th - 1m15.561

Barrichello back onto the track

Villeneuve goes 9th, 0.01 seconds faster than his team mate Zonta

Villeneuve starts another lap

Barrichello goes faster than he has to date in the first sector

Red flags yet again - an advertising hoarding falls off and Alesi's car hits it

Barrichello aborts his lap due to the red flags

Rain begins to pour, freezing the session times where they stand.

2.21pm local time

Session starts again. Barrichello onto the track, as is Button on dry tyres

Hakkinen comes out, and begins to push very hard - 1m25.492

Session flagged complete

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