Schumacher still on top

Michael Schumacher again led the way in the first part of Saturday morning practice for the San Marino Grand Prix

Schumacher still on top

However, McLaren duo Mika Hakkinen and David Coulthard were not far behind and the top three were covered by just 0.123s.

Heinz-Harald Frentzen was fourth, a second off the pace but ahead of the second Ferrari of Rubens Barrichello.

Williams had a troubled session, Jenson Button failing to set a time and Ralf Schumacher spinning into the gravel. The German wound up ninth, having been as high as fourth at one point.

Also in trouble was Nick Heidfeld, the Prost driver having a minor off at the Tamburello chicane.

Johnny Herbert's luck appears to be improving however, the Jaguar driver managing more laps than any other driver and finishing the session in eighth place, 0.8s quicker than team-mate Eddie Irvine.

Times from first Saturday morning session:












































































































1


Michael Schumacher


Ferrari


1m25.085s


2


Mika Hakkinen


McLaren


1m25.189s


3


David Coulthard


McLaren


1m25.208s


4


Heinz-Harald Frentzen


Jordan


1m26.097s


5


Rubens Barrichello


Ferrari


1m26.475s


6


Jarno Trulli


Jordan


1m26.507s


7


Mika Salo


Sauber


1m26.650s


8


Johnny Herbert


Jaguar


1m26.733s


9


Ralf Schumacher


Williams


1m26.807s


10


Jacques Villeneuve


BAR


1m26.815s


11


Pedro Diniz


Sauber


1m26.999s


12


Giancarlo Fisichella


Benetton


1m27.156s


13


Jean Alesi


Prost


1m27.412s


14


Eddie Irvine


Jaguar


1m27.539s


15


Nick Heidfeld


Prost


1m27.549s


16


Pedro de la Rosa


Arrows


1m27.571s


17


Alex Wurz


Benetton


1m27.785s


19


Jos Verstappen


Arrows


1m27.850s


20


Marc Gene


Minardi


1m28.155s


21


Gaston Mazzacane


Minardi


1m28.512s


22


Jenson Button


Williams


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