Ferrari Leads Imola Practice
April 13, 2001 | 3:00 P.M. EST
Schumacher, who won the last two San Marino Grands Prix, ran the course in 1:25.096, while Barrichello was just over a quarter of a second slower at 1:25.372.
Schumacher is chasing a record-tying eighth-straight pole for Sunday’s race, which takes place in Ferrari’s backyard.
Williams driver Ralf Schumacher was third fastest on the day, while Mika Hakkinen was back in form at fourth fastest. BAR driver Olivier Panis rounded out the Top 5.
Young Sauber sensation Kimi Raikkonen was sixth fastest, followed by Eddie Irvine, Jacques Villeneuve, Jarno Trulli, and Luciano Burti.
Juan Pablo Montoya ran only two laps in the afternoon practice session ad was 22nd fastest, the last man on the totem pole.
"In the morning practice we tried different tires and I was trying to learn the track but in the wet it was very difficult," Montoya said. "In the afternoon, when it was finally dry, I could do one lap only and I heard a strange noise coming from the engine. I came in and BMW told us we had to call it a day."
Qualifying for the Grand Prix of San Marino is scheduled for Saturday at 7 a.m. ET.