Saturday First Free Practice - San Marino GP

McLaren's Kimi Raikkonen topped the times in Saturday's opening practice session ahead of the San Marino Grand Prix, as cooler conditions benefited the Michelin runners.

Saturday First Free Practice - San Marino GP

McLaren's Kimi Raikkonen topped the times in Saturday's opening practice session ahead of the San Marino Grand Prix, as cooler conditions benefited the Michelin runners.

Seven of the top-ten drivers in the times in the session were Michelin runners, with only Ferrari duo Michael Schumacher and Rubens Barrichello and Jordan's Giancarlo Fisichella breaking the stranglehold.

Finn Raikkonen set the pace with a best time of 1:23.196 to finish ahead of Williams driver Ralf Schumacher, with Barrichello and World Champion Michael Schumacher third and fourth respectively.

McLaren driver David Coulthard ended fifth fastest, half-a-second off his teammate's pace, while Juan Pablo Montoya, of BMW-Williams, and Toyota's Olivier Panis trailed him in the times.

Fisichella, the Brazilian Grand Prix winner, was classified ninth and sandwiched between Renault pair Fernando Alonso and Jarno Trulli, who completed the top-ten.

Jaguar driver Mark Webber, who qualified fifth on Friday, left the track and stopped at turn eight after just ten minutes of the session. He did not set a timed lap thereafter.

Michael Schumacher had an off-track excursion at turn five before continuing, and McLaren's David Coulthard also had a brief off mid-way through the practice at turn 17.

Sauber driver Heinz-Harald Frentzen's session ended when he stopped at turn 10 and Webber's Jaguar teammate Antonio Pizzonia also abandoned his car at the same corner.

Jacques Villeneuve completed the session with a spin at turn three, as he ended 11th in the times.

Pos Driver Team Time Laps 1. Raikkonen McLaren Mercedes (M) 1:23.196 213.457 km/h 16 2. R.Schumacher Williams BMW (M) 1:23.310 + 0.114 20 3. Barrichello Ferrari (B) 1:23.536 + 0.340 18 4. M.Schumacher Ferrari (B) 1:23.576 + 0.380 17 5. Coulthard McLaren Mercedes (M) 1:23.740 + 0.544 16 6. Montoya Williams BMW (M) 1:23.769 + 0.573 20 7. Panis Toyota (M) 1:24.099 + 0.903 14 8. Alonso Renault (M) 1:24.117 + 0.921 20 9. Fisichella Jordan Ford (B) 1:24.132 + 0.936 15 10. Trulli Renault (M) 1:24.332 + 1.136 17 11. Villeneuve BAR Honda (B) 1:24.658 + 1.462 17 12. Button BAR Honda (B) 1:24.668 + 1.472 23 13. da Matta Toyota (M) 1:24.683 + 1.487 18 14. Heidfeld Sauber Petronas (B) 1:24.747 + 1.551 19 15. Firman Jordan Ford (B) 1:24.763 + 1.567 15 16. Frentzen Sauber Petronas (B) 1:25.332 + 2.136 6 17. Pizzonia Jaguar Cosworth (M) 1:26.195 + 2.999 17 18. Verstappen Minardi Cosworth (B) 1:26.315 + 3.119 13 19. Wilson Minardi Cosworth (B) 1:27.124 + 3.928 6 20. Webber Jaguar Cosworth (M) No Time All Timing Unofficial

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