Free practice 1: Coulthard calls the early shots

McLaren-Mercedes driver David Coulthard headed the time sheets after the first hour of free practice for Sunday's Canadian Grand Prix, with Rubens Barrichello heading world championship points-leader Michael Schumacher in a Ferrari two-three on a dusty Ile de Notre Dame circuit

Free practice 1: Coulthard calls the early shots

With Montreal's Grand Prix circuit the roads of a public park for the remainder of the year, the first session is usually more of a track-cleaning session than anything too representative. Nevertheless, times quickly crept towards last year's pole mark, with Coulthard's 1m18.763s best just 0.324s off the 2000 qualifying benchmark.

Coulthard and Schumacher traded fastest times for much of the session, with Barrichello getting between them with just seconds to go.

Mika Hakkinen was fourth in the second McLaren, ahead of Olivier Panis's BAR-Honda. But it was a distinctly mixed session for the Brackley-based squad: with 10 minutes to go, Jacques Villeneuve's BAR broke lose exiting Turn 5 and careened front-on into the barriers. The local driver was unhurt, but the car was extensively damaged after what appeared to be a failure at the rear of the car.

Nick Heidfeld was sixth, with his Sauber-Petronas team mate Kimi Raikkonen eighth. Between them, Jarno Trulli's Jordan-Honda was the filling in the sandwich.

Williams-BMW completed the top 10, Ralf Schumacher edging team mate Juan Pablo Montoya in the best of the Michelin-shod cars - a minor surprise after the French rubber dominated recent testing at Magny-Cours.

Heinz-Harald Frentzen was 11th fastest in the second Jordan, while Pedro de la Rosa finished top of the Jaguars in 12th, two spots ahead of team-leader Eddie Irvine.

Minardi took up the rear with the 20th and 21st times after Jos Verstappen's Arrows failed to complete a single timed lap.

For full results from free practice 1, click here.

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