Monteiro, Yamamoto and Trulli have difficulties
Saturday got off to an eventful start at Hockenheim, with Tiago Monteiro
being the most relieved racer on the German circuit after he narrowly averted a crisis.
It is understood that MF1 principal Colin Kolles was prepared
to remove the Portuguese from his race cockpit, replacing him with Markus Winkelhock prior to qualifying, after Monteiro's sponsors were late in making a payment. Ultimately, the sponsors came through and Monteiro slid into his car.
Sakon Yamamoto, meanwhile, took the blame for disrupting the usual order of the timesheets in the final pre-qualifying practice session.
The Super Aguri shunted his new 'SA06' in the dying minutes, meaning that Red Bull's Christian Klien was left in 'P1' because quicker runners like Michael Schumacher
- who had just entered the circuit with fresh Bridgestones - could not prove their real worth.Jarno Trulli
was also left feeling a bit flat after twelve minutes when his Toyota V8 suffered a major glitch. The Italian will almost certainly lose ten places on Sunday's grid as a penalty.