Hakkinen quickest in morning practice

Mika Hakkinen emerged quickest from the first free practice session in Melbourne Australia, as the Formula 1 cars ran in anger for the first time. As expected it was McLaren and Ferrari that set the pace

Hakkinen quickest in morning practice

Michael Schumacher had a problem right at the end of the session, stopping on the track in the final moments.

Johnny Herbert also suffered an engine problem with his Jaguar which limited him to just five laps, while Jordan newcomer failed to complete a timed lap.

Grand Prix rookies Nick Heidfeld and Gaston Mazzacane both went off the track, while Jenson Button completed 18 laps, to finish his first official session in 14th position.

The full times from this morning's first free practice are:






















































































































Pos


Driver


Team


Time


1


M.Hakkinen


McLaren


1m32.738s


2


M.Schumacher


Ferrari


1m32.965s


3


R.Barrichello


Ferrari


1m33.060s


4


D.Coulthard


McLaren


1m33.400s


5


J.Villeneuve


BAR


1m33.983s


6


R.Schumacher


Williams


1m34.158s


7


H-H.Frentzen


Jordan


1m34.645s


8


J.Verstappen


Arrows


1m34.745s


9


E.Irvine


Jaguar


1m34.747s


10


A.Wurz


Benetton


1m34.814s


11


G.Fisichella


Benetton


1m34.899s


12


P.Diniz


Sauber


1m34.935


13


R.Zonta


BAR


1m35.076s


14


J.Button


Williams


1m35.180s


15


M.Salo


Sauber


1m35.235s


16


P.De la Rosa


Arrows


1m35.316s


17


M.Gene


Minardi


1m35.494s


18


G.Mazzacane


Minardi


1m36.245s


19


J.Herbert


Jaguar


1m36.841s


20


J.Alesi


Prost


1m37.457s


21


N.Heidfeld


Prost


1m37.926s


22


J.Trulli


Jordan


No time

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