Warm-up: Where's Williams?

McLaren and Ferrari mixed it up at the top of the French Grand Prix's morning warm-up timesheets, with Mika Hakkinen finishing the session just one thousandth of a second ahead of Michael Schumacher. But the big question was how much was Williams-BMW keeping its powder dry in readiness for the main event?

Warm-up: Where's Williams?

At the end of the 30-minute session, Juan pablo Montoya was only 11th, 1.307s off Hakkinen's pace, with pole-sitter Ralf Schumacher languishing in 17th, 2.177s from the Finn's time.

The pair completed 16 and 13 laps respectively, compared to the 14 of Hakkinen, and the atmosphere inside the Williams garage was notably laidback. The official line is that both drivers were merely testing tyre and full tank combinations and were not looking to set representative times.

Behind Hakkinen's McLaren and Schumacher's Ferrari, Rubens Barrichelo put the second Ferrari third, ahead of David Coulthard's McLaren. Hakkinen spun on his final lap, but that and the usual mad dashes between spare and race car by Schumacher aside, it was a trouble-free final run for the top two Bridgestone teams.

Jordan-Honda's Jarno Trulli was again best of the rest in fifth, ahead of Kimi Raikkonen's Sauber and the BAR-Honda of Olivier Panis.

Good news for Jaguar came in the form of both cars sitting in the top 10, Pedro de la Rosa taking the eight slot and Eddie Irvine 10th, with Nick Heidfeld's Sauber sandwiched between.

At the blunt end of the grid, Minardi took the final two places, Fernando Alonso over a second quicker than Tarso Marques, but ahead of them, Benetton-Renault had slipped to 19th and 20th after rising to 16th and 17th in qualifying. Giancarlo Fisichella was ahead of Jenson Button by just under a tenth.

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