French Grand Prix
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Qualifying Session Report - Results
Juan Pablo Montoya continues his tunning form
grabbing his 5th Pole position in a row just 0.023 seconds ahead of Michael
Schumacher. Rubens Barrichello was 3rd 0.212 seconds behind with Kimi
Raikkonen in 4th who managed to qualify ahead of Ralf Schumacher while David
Coulthard managed 6th.
It was a thrilling session from the start with Rubens
Barrichello going out after just 9 minutes and takes provisional pole. Just
after 15 minutes into the session and Juan Pablo Montoya takes provisional
pole. Michael Schumacher makes his first run just before the 20 minute mark
but makes a mistake and runs wide on his third sector and only manages 3rd
fastest. Michael's time then gets disallowed as he cut the last corner.
There was drama for a number of drivers this session. Sadly
Giancarlo Fisichella was advised not to take part in the session following his
crash in the morning practice. Pedro de la Rosa only managed 2 runs and his
car stopped on his 3rd while Mark Webber put a stunning first lap only for his
his car to stop on his in-lap.
In the tyre war, Michelin had a definite advantage as 7 of the top 10 runners where Michelin runners and given the big improvements to the Jaguar, de la Rosa would have probably made it into the top 10 had he done all his laps.
With the exception of the 2 Arrows, the 2 Minardis and Pedro de la Rosa all the drivers completed their 12 allocated laps.
The top 6 are separated by just over half a second but the midfield is even closer with Irvine in 9th and McNish is 17th only separated by 0.761 seconds.
In the battle of the team-mates, Mark Webber was just under
2 seconds ahead of his team-mate despite having just a single hot lap. Eddie
Irvine was 0.468 seconds faster than his team-mate although de la Rosa had
only 2 runs while Juan Pablo Montoya was 0.439 seconds ahead of his team-mate
Kimi Raikkonen (4th) and Eddie Irvine (9th) had their best
qualifying positions this season. Technically speaking, Alex Yoong (19th) had
his best qualifying position as well thanks to both Arrows told not to qualify
and Giancarlo Fisichella not taking part in the session.
With rain not expected tomorrow and track temperatures expected to be high, can the top Michelin runners be a match to the Bridgestone run Ferrari in race trim ?. One thing is for sure, they will be a lot closer than they were at Silverstone.
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