Free Practice three: Rubens on top

Rubens Barrichello answered those who claim he's playing second fiddle to Michael Schumacher at Ferrari by going quickest in the first of Saturday's practice sessions at the Hungarian Grand Prix

Free Practice three: Rubens on top

The Brazilian edged out McLaren's David Coulthard to set the fastest time of the session with just three minutes to go. Heinz-Harald Frentzen in the Jordan rounds off the top three, as he too set his quickest time right at the end of the session.

Championship leader Michael Schumacher and reigning champ Mika Hakkinen were fourth and fifth, with Ralf Schumacher in the WilliamsF1 doing well to be sixth quickest.

There was no sign of the rain that slightly hampered the F3000 qualifying session on Friday as the F1 practice session got underway. But there was relatively little action in the first 10 minutes, with only Eddie Irvine in the Jaguar and the Arrows pair of Pedro de la Rosa and Jos Verstappen running quick laps. Indeed, the only excitement was when de la Rosa almost lost his car on the last corner three minutes into the session - perhaps a sign of mishaps to come for the Arrows - and then the Minardi engine of Gaston Mazzacane blew, which put an end to the Argentinian's session.

But 15 minutes in, the session sprung to life. In a 10-minute period, the big four of Hakkinen, Barrichello then Coulthard and Schumacher vied for position at the top of the time sheets, with DC coming out on top with a 1m18.283 halfway into the session.

But then up popped Ralf Schumacher in the Williams to take provisional second. The extra wings the WilliamsBMW is sporting on the engine cover and sidepods must be working well as Schumacher Jr's team mate Jenson Button briefly held sixth. But Verstappen's woes continued as he took to the grass a second time.

With just six minutes of the session remaining, Hakkinen went out, but his flying lap was spoiled when he got caught behind the BAR of Jacques Villeneuve. Coulthard couldn't improve his best time, but as the session wound down, Barrichello made his mark with a 1m18.268s. Then Heinz-Harald Frentzen made his quickest run of the session to secure his third place.

For full times, click here.

shares
comments
Brawn slates Schumacher critics

Previous article

Brawn slates Schumacher critics

Next article

Free Practice four: Schumacher shines

Free Practice four: Schumacher shines
Load comments
The F1 champion who became an Indy king in his second career Plus

The F1 champion who became an Indy king in his second career

Emerson Fittipaldi’s decision to go racing with his brother led to him falling out of F1, but he bloomed again on the IndyCar scene. NIGEL ROEBUCK considers a career of two halves

Formula 1
Jul 31, 2021
Why Mercedes is pleased to be in the Hungary hunt at a 'Red Bull track' Plus

Why Mercedes is pleased to be in the Hungary hunt at a 'Red Bull track'

Mercedes ended Friday practice at the Hungaroring with a clear gap to Red Bull thanks to Valtteri Bottas’s pace in topping FP2. But there are other reasons why the Black Arrows squad feels satisfied with its progress so far at a track many Formula 1 observers reckon favours Red Bull overall

Formula 1
Jul 30, 2021
How Red Bull endured its second car crash in two weeks Plus

How Red Bull endured its second car crash in two weeks

OPINION: Red Bull was justified to be upset that Lewis Hamilton survived his British GP clash with Max Verstappen and went on to win. But its attempts to lobby the FIA to reconsider the severity of Hamilton's in-race penalty were always likely to backfire, and have only succeeded in creating a PR disaster that will distract from its on-track efforts

Formula 1
Jul 30, 2021
The ‘screaming’ F1 engine future that may not be out of reach Plus

The ‘screaming’ F1 engine future that may not be out of reach

OPINION: It wasn't just the Verstappen/Hamilton clash that had the Red Bull and Mercedes bosses at loggerheads at Silverstone, with the nature of Formula 1's 2025 engines also subject for disagreement. But hopes to have loud, emotive engines that are also environmentally friendly don't have to be opposed

Formula 1
Jul 29, 2021
The drivers that need to strike gold before F1's summer break Plus

The drivers that need to strike gold before F1's summer break

OPINION: Formula 1 is about to break up for summer 2021, with the title battles finely poised. But it’s not just the latest round of Max Verstappen vs Lewis Hamilton that will be worth watching this weekend in Hungary, as plenty of drivers are eying big results to change the stories of their seasons so far

Formula 1
Jul 28, 2021
How Lotus F1 uncovered, then squandered its last ‘unfair advantage’ Plus

How Lotus F1 uncovered, then squandered its last ‘unfair advantage’

Cast in the mould of its founder Colin Chapman, Lotus was powerful and daring but 
flawed – as it proved through further soaring peaks and painful troughs into the 1980s. DAMIEN SMITH examines a game-changing era

Formula 1
Jul 27, 2021
The core problems Yas Marina’s long-awaited tweaks won't address Plus

The core problems Yas Marina’s long-awaited tweaks won't address

OPINION: Changes to the layout of Abu Dhabi’s circuit aim to reverse the trend of insipid Formula 1 races there - the promoter has even described one of the new corners as “iconic”. And that, argues STUART CODLING, is one of this venue’s abiding failings

Formula 1
Jul 26, 2021
How Ferrari offered Britain's next F1 prospect what Red Bull couldn't Plus

How Ferrari offered Britain's next F1 prospect what Red Bull couldn't

Last year's Formula 2 runner-up Callum Ilott could be on his way to becoming the first Briton to contest a grand prix in an Alfa Romeo since Reg Parnell in 1950. But, says OLEG KARPOV, the Ferrari Driver Academy protege is having to temper his ambition at the moment – outwardly at least…

Formula 1
Jul 25, 2021