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Rain changes calculations 04 Apr 2003

2003 Brazilian Grand Prix sign.
Formula One World Championship, Rd3, Brazilian Grand Prix, Preparations, Interlagos, Brazil, 3 April 2003

Everyone came to Interlagos expecting high ambient and track temperatures, so overall the rain that came towards the end of this morning's private test session came as something of a surprise.

Where Michelin is perceived to have an advantage in high temperatures, in the wet Bridgestone is perceived to have the upper hand.

Friday's free practice session indicated, however, that honours may be even as David Coulthard, Juan Pablo Montoya and Michael Schumacher traded the fastest time.

There were scares for Kimi Raikkonen and Heinz-Harald Frentzen, both of whom spun without hitting anything, but Antonio Pizzonia wasn't so lucky and stopped the session for 13 minutes after crashing his Jaguar.

By the time the session was restarted conditions had deteriorated dramatically and nobody came close to going any faster.

That left Schumacher with the fastest time of 1m 28.060s, followed by Coulthard on 1m 28.128s and Button on 1m 28.903s, with Trulli, Montoya and Barrichello next ahead of the Toyotas of Panis and da Matta. Fisichella and Frentzen rounded out the top 10.

After his spin Raikkonen did not go out again and thus had no time, nor did Pizzonia (whose accident occurred on his out lap), Wilson (who also spun) and Alonso (who brushed the tyre wall in Turn Two after the session resumed).

In the circumstances, single-lap qualifying promises to be very dramatic.