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Friday free practice review 13 Jun 2003

Antonio Pizzonia (BRA) Jaguar Cosworth R4.
Formula One World Championship, Rd8, Canadian Grand Prix, Montreal, Canada, 13 June 2003

After setting second fastest time this morning in private testing, Antonio Pizzonia went one better when the first official practice session began in Montreal.

The Jaguar driver made best use of his two hours of running earlier in the day, and was out before the rain arrived. The result was the session's only lap below 1m 17s, a 1m 16.621s.

The rain contributed to several off-track moments, though nobody damaged their cars.

David Coulthard went off at Turn 10, which also caught out Giancarlo Fisichella and Jarno Trulli later on, while Michael Schumacher and Trulli went off at Turn 1, and Pizzonia sampled the dirt in Turn 8. Schumacher and Fisichella also missed the chicane.

Juan Pablo Montoya staked a claim to what he hopes will be a second consecutive race win with second fastest time for Williams, in 1m 17.216s, just ahead of Schumacher's Ferrari on 1mn 17.228s. Making it a good morning for Jaguar, Mark Webber was fourth fastest on 1m 17.344s, with Olivier Panis, Ralf Schumacher and an on-form Ralph Firman completing the runners in the 1m 17s bracket.

Kimi Raikkonen and Coulthard were eighth and ninth for McLaren, separated by one hundredth of a second, with Rubens Barrichello, Cristiano da Matta, Justin Wilson and Jacques Villeneuve on their tails.

Those who did not run at all when the track was briefly dry were Nick Heidfeld, Jos Verstappen, Fisichella, Jenson Button, Fernando Alonso (who had been fastest for Renault in private testing) and Trulli.

With the rain apparently set for qualifying this afternoon, and more expected tomorrow, all of the teams could find it very difficult to sort out their tyre choice for the race, which is still forecast to be dry.