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Qualifying Session Report - Results
Rubens Barrichello grabbed his second
Pole position of the season in spectacular style by beating last year's pole
time by a massive 1.5 seconds and beating his team-mate Michael Schumacher by
over 0.6 seconds. That is unheard of.
The session started very slowly with Mark
Webber going out after 10 minutes. Montoya followed him a couple of minutes
later but pitted just after one lap.
After the restart, Ralf Schumacher took
provisional pole back while Montoya once again aborts his run returning to the
pits without setting a time!.
With 10 minutes to go, Ralf Schumacher managed to split the Ferraris on his 3rd run. Montoya manages 7th.
5 minutes to go and both Michael and Rubens go
out again (Michael in the spare and appearing frustrated), Barrichello goes
off on his first flying lap trying to avoid Salo but on his second flyer
improves his time at the top again. Michael meanwhile doesn't improve and
settles for 3rd.
Interestingly, Michael Schumacher, Heinz Harald Frentzen and Jacques Villeneuve and Alex Yoong set times slower than their best times this morning. The first 3 were Bridgestone runner possibly indicating a degraded performance under warmer conditions.
The field is too close. From 4th to 18th, a gap of only 0.94 seconds!
In the battle of the team-mates, Mark Webber
continues to outqualify his team-mate by a massive margin (0.948 seconds this
time.). Ralf Schumacher qualified superbly while Montoya just managed to get
4th and 0.754 seconds behind while Michael Schumacher struggled with his car
and ended up 0.622 seconds behind his team-mate.
Ralf Schumacher (2), Nick Heidfeld (5), Felipe Massa (7), Olivier Panis (9), Enrique Bernoldi (12) and Allan McNish (14) had their best Qualifying positions so far this season. Rubens Barrichello (1) and Mika Salo (10) equalled their best positions.
Michael Schumacher (3), Kimi Raikkonen (6), David Coulthard (8), Jenson Button (13), Jarno Trulli (16) and Jacques Villeneuve (17) had their worst Qualifying positions so far this season. Giancarlo Fisichella (15), Mark Webber (21) and Alex Yoong (22) equalled their worst positions.
It will be an interesting start to the race tomorrow!