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Qualifying Session Report - Results
grabbed his 6th pole position of the season and his 38th in his career.
His brother Ralf Schumacher was a surprise 2nd ahead of David Coulthard.
Michael Schumacher didn't face
any real threat from any driver. He took provisional pole on his first run
and his brother came to within a 10th of a second on his second run.
Michael Schumacher then went out and clocked a 1:15.782 on his second run
and that was all he needed. He didn't use his 3rd and 4th run. Despite
that his time was over 2.5 seconds faster than the pole time of last year.
Nick Heidfeld only managed 11th as he crashed his car on his final run forcing the session to be stopped while Ricardo Zonta managed 12th in his first appearance for Jordan as he replaces Heinz Harald Frentzen who withdrew from the event after not feeling 100%.
Jaguar and Prost don't appear
to have made much improvement on this type of track with their new
aerodynamic packages with de la Rosa in 14th ahead of Irvine and Alesi
while Fisichella in the Benetton only managed 18th with his team-mate
Jenson Button in 20th. The 2 Minardi's make the back of the grid.
In the battle of the
team-mates, Fernando Alonso out qualified Tarso Marques by 1.236 seconds,
Michael Schumacher was 0.978 faster than Barrichello, Jarno Trulli was
0.869 seconds ahead of Ricardo Zonta, Ralf Schumacher was 0.826 seconds
faster than Juan Pablo Montoya.
The top 6 are within 1 second, the top 12 within 2 seconds and the top 20 within 3 seconds. It is also worth noting that just 1.031 seconds separates 2nd and 12th place.
16 drivers managed to go faster than the pole time of last year. The lap times are getting much faster and this will force the FIA to look into the increasing speeds of the cars.
A number of drivers achieved their best qualifying result so far this season with Trulli (4th), Panis (6th), Raikkonen (7th) and Verstappen (13th). In addition to Michael Schumacher who made his 6th pole of the season and Ralf Schumacher who has equalled his best being 2nd on the grid for the 2nd time this season.
The race tomorrow looks like
another straight forward one for Michael although there has been talk
about the higher fuel consumption that Ferrari has compared to McLaren
meaning that he'll have to stop earlier for longer. Even so, if Michael is
half a second faster per lap, he can easily make up that gap. Given that
Ralf Schumacher is 2nd on the grid it could also be an interesting tyre