posted on May, 22 2004 @ 07:50 AM
Michael Schumacher remained firmly on course to make the best-ever start to a season when he clocked the fastest time after two morning practice
sessions in Monaco.
The German, seeking a sixth successive grand prix win and his sixth in Monaco, took top spot in both 45-minute affairs although faced pressure from
Renault's Jarno Trulli. The Italian was only 0.002secs adrift of the world champion in the second session to raise hopes of a qualifying scrap on
Saturday afternoon. Takuma Sato was also on the pace in his BAR-Honda to be marginally back in third, with team-mate Jenson Button down in sixth. Juan
Pablo Montoya pushed his Williams a little too hard to keep in touch, clipping a tyre barrier and losing a wing before limping into the pits but still
clocked the fifth-fastest time. Mark Webber's disastrous weekend continued with his second engine fire. The Australian was forced to put out a blaze
on Thursday and matter's did not improve with a similar problem ending his participation in the second session.