APRIL 3, 2004
Jenson Button topped the times sheets on Saturday morning with his BAR-Honda a few hundredths faster than Juan Pablo Montoya's Williams-BMW with Michael Schumacher third fastest in his Ferrari, albeit four-tenths slower than the Colombian. The German was obviously pushing hard and went off at one point. Rubens Barrichello ended the morning session fourth quickest ahead of Ralf Schumacher, Kimi Raikkonen, Takuma Sato, David Coulthard, Fernando Alonso and Jarno Trulli.
The session saw problems for Felipe Massa who stopped out on the track and for Coulthard who went off with what appeared to be another puncture.