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Qualifying Session Report - Results
David Coulthard grabs his second Pole
position of the year in a thrilling battle between himself, his team-mate
Mika Hakkinen and Michael Schumacher. Coulthard managed to win pole on his
last run after Michael Schumacher held provisional pole for the last 20
minutes before. Mika Hakkinen held provisional pole for a while midway
through the session but lost it to Michael. He made a mistake on his final
run and failed to improve and ended up in 3rd place. Rubens Barrichello
was 4th not too far behind Mika however Rubens never really made an
impression this weekend. Ralf Schumacher ended up 5th over half a second
off the pace. He made a mistake on his final run and couldn't improve.
Eddie Irvine was one of the surprises of the session ending up 6th on the
grid, making this his best qualifying result this year and the only one
inside the top10.
The session started with cars going out
earlier than expected with the 2 Arrows going out first followed by
Villeneuve then Burti and Frentzen.
There were no major incidents during the session however Frentzen spun on his final run and wasted his flying lap and Michael Schumacher on his last flying lap touched the barrier on the inside and stopped on the track.
Michael Schumacher covered 11 out of the allowed 12 after aborting his first run, Ralf Schumacher and Heinz Harald Frentzen also did 11 laps aborting both made mistakes on their last run and aborted. Fisichella and Bernoldi also covered 11 laps while all the rest completed their allowed 12 laps.
Arrows and Sauber were disappointing as
they appear to have cars not suited to this track. Jordan were also
disappointing even though Trulli ended up 8th, he was 2nd here last year.
Even Williams didn't end up fighting for Pole.
In the battle of the team-mates, the
closest 2 were Raikkonen ahead of Heidfeld by just 0.18 seconds.
Villeneuve was ahead of Panis by 0.208 seconds while Michael Schumacher
was only 0.225 seconds ahead of Barrichello.
The start tomorrow will be crucial as will be the pits stop strategy. Overtaking is next to impossible and unless a driver makes a mistake or his car fails him, a driver will only be able to gain position through a good start or via the pits.