Free practice 3: Trulli quickest

Renault's Jarno Trulli was fastest after the final session of free practice for tomorrow's Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne. The Italian set his time of 1m26.928s with five minutes to go just as it was beginning to look like former team-mate Jenson Button was going to remain quickest

Free practice 3: Trulli quickest

Trulli was half a second faster than he went in Friday's first qualifying session and was backed up by team mate Fernando Alonso whose 1m27.424s put him third fastest behind Button.

Button did not improve on his earlier time, but Michael Schumacher found almost half a second as he pipped Ferrari team-mate Rubens Barrichello's 1m27.558s time to go fourth fastest. Schumacher had been forced to wait out half the session while accident damage from his off in the first session was repaired. The Brazilian marginally improved on his first session time but Schumacher had another excursion onto the grass at Turn Nine.

The WilliamsF1 BMWs of Juan Pablo Montoya and Ralf Schumacher were sixth and seventh fastest, with Nick Heidfeld eighth in the first of the Saubers. David Coulthard's McLaren-Mercedes also posted no improvement on its first session time, but F1 rookie Cristiano da Matta went quicker to put the first Toyota into the top 10, marginally quicker than team-mate Olivier Panis.

Mark Webber finished the morning practice 12th quickest with the first Jaguar, while Antonio Pizzonia's earlier off was traced to a brake problem. Kimi Raikkonen languished in 14th position after his first session shunt prevented him from running and the Jordans of Giancarlo Fisichella and Ralf Firman ended up 16th and 17th.

The Minardis brought up the rear once again but were in touch, with Justin Wilson managing to go fractionally quicker than team mate Jos Verstappen.

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