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Qualifying Session Report - Results
Michael Schumacher grabs his 40th Pole position of his career and will start from Pole for the British GP for the first time in his career. Mika Hakkinen is alongside him with David Coulthard in 3rd. Jarno Trulli was impressive managing the 4th fastest time just 0.003 seconds behind Coulthard while Heinz Harald Frentzen was 5th ahead of a disappointing Rubens Barrichello.
Michael Schumacher's time was over a second faster than the pole time set in 97 with slick tyres. The top 5 cars actually beat that time.
The lack of action for the first 24 minutes was certainly worth going through as the remainder of the session saw one of the closest qualifying sessions this season with provisional pole changing between the top 3 a number of times.
It didn't rain during the
session and the teams were waiting for the track to dry. Kimi Raikkonen
was the first to go out 24 minutes into the session, soon after most of
the drivers set timed laps.
The Jordan Honda team were certainly impressive with Trulli almost getting ahead of Coulthard while Frentzen managed 4th fastest, both of them ahead of Barrichello.
Juan Pablo Montoya and Jacques
Villeneuve both had problems with their cars and had to use their spare
cars for the latter part of the session. Montoya managed to qualify in 8th
place despite only having 3 runs (one of which he aborted) while
Villeneuve was a disappointing 12th behind his team-mate Olivier Panis.
Almost half a second separates 1st and 3rd, over 1.2 seconds separates 1st and 6th and just under 1.9 seconds separates 1st and 11th.
The closest group of cars is between 7th placed Kimi Raikkonen and 11th placed Olivier Panis with just 0.293 seconds separating the 5 cars.
It was the best qualifying
position this season for Pedro de la Rosa (13) while Michael Schumacher
(1), Mika Hakkinen (2), Jarno Trulli (4) and Kimi Raikkonen (7) equalled
their best qualifying this season. Ralf Schumacher on the other hand had
his worst qualifying position this season in 10th place. In fact it is the
first time Ralf qualifies outside the top 5!
In the battle of the
team-mates, Montoya just managed to get ahead of his team-mate by 0.064
seconds. Jenson Button (for only the 2nd time this season) managed to qualify
ahead of Fisichella by 0.152 seconds and Pedro de la Rosa was 0.166
seconds ahead of Eddie Irvine.
It looks like on this track, McLaren are a lot closer to Michael Schumacher. If the conditions are dry (which is not likely), McLaren could beat Ferrari. If it rains well it could be anyone's race then!