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San Marino Grand Prix
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Qualifying Session Report - Results
Michael Schumacher grabs pole position ahead of team-mate Rubens Barrichello and Ralf Schumacher. Juan Pablo Montoya, Kimi Raikkonen and David Coulthard make the top 6.
Almost 2 seconds better than last year's pole, that is how
much better the new Ferrari is and it is the car and not the driver as only
0.064 seconds separates the 2 Ferrari drivers.
The action started early as there was a threat of rain and
drivers wanted to put in a timed lap early just in case. Of the top 3 teams,
Ralf Schumacher was the first to take provisional pole, Barrichello then took
it from him and Michael Schumacher looked set to take it on his first run but
he lost time in the 3rd sector due to traffic.
On the third run, Rubens elects not to go out while Michael
moves into second and both Williams' drivers improve but were behind the two
Several drivers had dramas during the session with Bernoldi
suffering from an engine failure on his first out lap. He used the spare and
managed to qualify in 20th. Fisichella suffered a hydraulic failure after his
first run in his race car and had to continue in the spare.
Just over half a second separates the top 4. 1.5 seconds separate the top 6, just over 2 seconds separate the top 10, 3 seconds separate the top 14.
In the battle of the team-mates, Webber out-qualified Yoong
by a massive 2.451 seconds, Frentzen ahead of Bernoldi by 0.946 and Heidfeld
ahead of Massa by 0.914.
Jacques Villeneuve (10) and Takuma Sato (14) had their best
qualifying positions so far this season while Michael Schumacher (1), Ralf
Schumacher (3), Kimi Raikkonen (5), Nick Heidfeld (7) and Olivier Panis (12)
equalled their best qualifying positions. Interestingly Kimi Raikkonen is the
most consistent qualifier so far qualifying in 5th for each of the 4 races so
far this season.
here for a more detailed analysis including the Also
Ran award by the Quali-flyer
Race starts at 2:00 PM local time. Our coverage starts at 1:30 PM local time.