Warm-up: One-two boosts McLaren hopes

Mika Hakkinen and David Coulthard proved that in race trim at least, McLaren-Mercedes can be a force to be reckoned with at the A1-Ring. The pair finished first and second quickest respectively in the warm-up for the Austrian Grand Prix, but must now try and capitalise on that pace from a lowly seventh and eighth on the grid

Warm-up: One-two boosts McLaren hopes

Pole-sitter Michael Schumacher was fifth, behind Heinz-Harald Frentzen's Jordan-Honda in third and his Ferrari team mate Rubens Barrichello in fourth. But Schumacher's quick lap, which kicked up the dirt on several corner exits, was 1.143s slower than Hakkinen's 1m11.647s benchmark.

Frentzen, like the McLarens, will also have a lot of work to do if he wants to exploit his race trim form. The German starts 11th on the grid, six places behind his team mate Jarno Trulli, who finished the warm-up session sixth fastest.

Kimi Raikkonen's Sauber was seventh, with Jacques Villeneuve's BAR-Honda, Pedro de la Rosa's Jaguar (the top Michelin runner) and Nick Heidfeld's Sauber completing the top 10.

Williams-BMW had finished second and third in Saturday's qualifying, but were a lowly 15th and 16th in the warm-up, behind both Arrows-AMT cars. Strategy or a genuine uncompetitiveness in race trim? All will be revealed at 13:00 BST (14:00 local time).

For full warm-up results, click here.


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