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Qualifying Session Report - Results
Michael Schumacher grabs his 6 Pole of the season
ahead of team-mate Rubens Barrichello. David Coulthard managed to squeeze into
3rd after setting a time that was 0.001 seconds faster than that of Montoya on
his final lap. Ralf Schumacher managed the 5th fastest time while Kimi
Raikkonen took 6th place.
As expected Ferrari were dominant. Michael Schumacher was
over 0.6 seconds faster than any non-Ferrari driver. He took provisional pole
as soon as he completed a flying lap and was never threatened.
The increased temperature of the track didn't seem to benefit the Michelin runners, in fact the top 10 are evenly split, 5 Bridgestones (1,2,7,9,10) and 5 Michelins (3,4,5,6,8).
The field remains fairly close although not as close as it was during practice. The whole field is covered just over 3 seconds but taking out the 2 Ferraris at the front and Yoong at the back, only 1.8 seconds separates Coulthard in 3rd and Salo in 19th. It should be an exciting battle in the midfield tomorrow.
Jacques Villeneuve in 7th had his best qualifying position
this season while Michael Schumacher in 1st and Mark Webber in 18th equalled
their best qualifying positions.
In the battle of the team-mates, Fisichella (9th) once again
proved too good for Sato (15) setting a time that was 0.745 seconds faster.
Webber (18th) again out-qualified Yoong (20th) by 0.681 and Jarno Trulli (8th)
out-qualified Jenson Button (14th) by 0.513 seconds.