Practice 3: You know Schu

Williams star Juan Pablo Montoya might have got close to Michael Schumacher on Saturday morning, but that only served to inspire the German into smashing his rival's pole position time from last year's Monza race

Practice 3: You know Schu

Ferrari hero Schumacher lapped in 1m22.110s, a tenth under Montoya's best lap in qualifying from 2001. It wasn't all good news for Ferrari though, as the engine of Rubens Barrichello's F2002 blew spectacularly, stopping the session. Rubens ended the session 19th fastest, having completed only four laps, but was still quicker than Minardi's Alex Yoong.

Montoya responded on his final run, however, and was just 0.025s slower than Schuey. The duo were over half a second clear of the opposition, led by the McLarens of David Coulthard and Kimi Raikkonen.

Coulthard made up for yesterday's off at Lesmo 1 by lapping in 1m22.663s, outpacing his young Finnish colleague by a couple of tenths. Ralf Schumacher was fifth for Williams, 0.8s down on his team-mate, while the Jaguars of Eddie Irvine and Pedro de la Rosa were sixth and seventh respectively.

Felipe Massa was eighth fastest for Sauber, ahead of Scotsman Allan McNish (Toyota). Jacques Villeneuve's BAR was 10th fastest, but ground to a halt at the Lesmos on his final run. Renault pairing Jarno Trulli and Jenson Button were a lacklustre 11th and 15th respectively.

In the wars this morning were Minardi's Mark Webber, who went off on his out lap at Lesmo 1 after the restart from the red flag, and Sauber's Nick Heidfeld, who took a trip across the Ascari chicane gravel trap. Both were able to continue in the session, however.

"I just got a bit close to Fisi under brakes," said Webber. "I just snatched the right-front brake and it was all over. I didn't realise how fast I was going until I went off!"

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