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Trulli Leads Practice at Monaco GP

May 23, 2002

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MONACO (AP) _ Italy’s Jarno Trulli had the fastest lap and four-time champion Michael Schumacher was a distant 11th Thursday in practice for the Monaco Grand Prix.

Trulli had a lap of 1 minute 18.915 seconds in his Renault on the winding 2.052-mile circuit just minutes before the afternoon session ended.

Schumacher, looking for his sixth title in seven events, turned a lap of 1:19.404 in his Ferrari F2002.

``The session went reasonably well and we had no particular problems,″ Schumacher said. ``We have not found the ideal setup for the car, but I am not too worried about this.″

Rain hit the area less than an hour before the morning practice. Many teams elected not to push their cars because of the tight turns and the slick streets.

Britain’s Allan McNish was second at 1:19.361 in his Panasonic-Toyota. David Coulthard’s top lap in his McLaren-Mercedes was 1:19.597, good enough for third.

Rubens Barrichello’s best lap in his Ferrari was 1:19.945, good for seventh.

``It seems that some drivers were trying qualifying setup, but we stuck to working toward the race,″ Barrichello said.

Trulli’s time was more than 1.5 seconds slower than the 1:17.430 Coulthard drove last year to gain the pole position.

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