Qualifying for the Spanish Grand Prix

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Qualifying for the Spanish Grand Prix

All times in British time

13.00: Hakkinen improves but is still 0.078s slower than Schumacher. The other three fail to go any quicker

12.59: Button goes 11th

12.58: The two Ferrari's and two McLarens go out in convoy, along with pretty much the rest of the field. Only Villeneuve and Frentzen in sixth and eighth have used up all their laps

12.57: Villeneuve goes sixth, pushing Trulli down to seventh

12.55: Irvine goes tenth, splitting the two Arrows

12.52: Frentzen improves to eighth, pushing the Arrows pair down slightly. Coulthard improves his time but stays fourth, albeit only 0.006s off third-placed Barrichello

12.49: Hakkinen again improves but only marginally and he remains second. Order- 1 M Schumacher, 2 Hakkinen, 3 Barrichello, 4 Coulthard, 5 R Schumacher, 6 Trulli, 7 Villeneuve, 8 de la Rosa, 9 Frentzen, 10 Verstappen, 11 Salo, 12 Irvine, 13 Button, 14 Fisichella, 15 Herbert, 16 Diniz, 17 Zonta, 18 Alesi, 19 Heidfeld, 20 Wurz, 21 Gene, 22 Mazzacane

12.48: De la Rosa goes seventh on home ground for Arrows

12.47: R Schumacher goes quicker but cannot improve on fifth place

12.45: Barrichello improves to third. Heidfeld has an engine failure on track and returns to the pits, where his car briefly catches fire at the rear

12.42: Trulli completes his third run but is unable to improve his time and stays sixth

12.39: Coulthard goes third on his first run. Order: 1 Hakkinen, 2 M Schumacher, 3 Coulthard, 4 Barrichello, 5 R Schumacher, 6 Trulli, 7 Frentzen, 8 Villeneuve, 9 Irvine, 10 de la Rosa, 11 Button, 12 Verstappen, 13 Fisichella, 14 Salo, 15 Diniz, 16 Alesi, 17 Herbert, 18 Heidfeld, 19 Gene, 20 Zonta, 21 Wurz, 22 Mazzacane

12.38: Hakkinen is 0.056s up on his current pole time after two sectors but abandons the lap.

12.36: de la Rosa goes up to ninth, Diniz to 13th. Coulthard leaves the pits for his first proper run

12.34: Verstappen improves to tenth, just 0.08s slower than ninth-placed Button

12.33: Barrichello aborts his second run after a poor middle stint. He put two wheels on the grass in the fast s-bend in the centre. M Schumacher is trying out the spare car

12.32: Villeneuve fails to improve his time and remains seventh

12.30: R Schumacher improves his but remains fourth, now within 0.1s of third-placed Barrichello. Coulthard is switching to the spare McLaren. Fisichella goes tenth on his first flying lap

12.29: Trulli improves his time but remains fifth

12.25: Order- 1 Hakkinen, 2 M Schumacher, 3 Barrichello, 4 R Schumacher, 5 Trulli, 6 Frentzen, 7 Villeneuve, 8 Irvine, 9 Button, 10 Alesi, 11 de la Rosa, 12 Salo, 13 Verstappen, 14 Diniz, 15 Herbert, 16 Heidfeld, 17 Zonta, 18 Gene, 19 Wurz, 20 Mazzacane, 21 Coulthard, 22 Fisichella, the latter pair both aborted their first qualifying runs

12.24: M Schumacher goes second on his first lap, 0.2s off Hakkinen

12.22: Fisichella abandons his first quick lap after being blocked by Diniz then nearly makes contact with the Sauber in the pit lane

12.21: Coulthard sets the quickest time overall in sector one but abandons the lap after a poor middle section

12.21: Hakkinen takes provisional pole, 0.4s ahead of Barrichello

12.19: Button goes seventh on his first lap but he is 0.8s slower than team-mate Ralf Schumacher in second place

12.18: Trulli goes third. Barrichello's current provisional pole time is 0.7s slower than the best time this morning. Irvine goes fifth, Wurz goes 13th as the McLarens take to the track

12.17: Barrichello takes provisional pole, but only 0.053s quicker than Ralf's Williams

12.15: Ralf Schumacher goes fastest, a full 0.5s quicker than Villeneuve and Frentzen. Order: 1 R Schumacher, 2 Villeneuve, 3 Frentzen, 4 Verstappen, 5 Herbert, 6 Heidfeld, 7 Zonta, 8 Alesi, 9 Gene, 10 Mazzacane

12.13: Herbert pits with a piece of detached bodywork, possibly a camera mounting, flapping off the front wing endplate as Jacques Villeneuve sets the fastest time so far, 0.1s quicker than HHF

12.11: Herbert goes second fastest but is nearly 0.9s behind Frentzen, despite being fastest of all in the first sector. Zonta is third, Alesi fourth and Gene fifth with no-one else having yet set a time

12.10: Frentzen takes provisional pole with a 1m22.475s lap. Track temperature is rising so most of the frontrunners are likely to try and set an early time

12.07: Frentzen becomes the first major player to take to the track

12.05: Alesi is the first car on track, he sets a lap of 1m23.516s then pits

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