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Qualifying Session Report - Results
Juan Pablo Montoya took his first pole position of the season ahead of Michael Schumacher and team-mate Ralf Schumacher. David Coulthard, Kimi Raikkonen and Jarno Trulli made the top 6.
David Coulthard was the first of the top teams to grab
provisional pole only for Rubens Barrichello to take it moments later. A
minute afterwards, Juan Pablo Montoya bettered Barrichello's time only for
Ralf Schumacher to even do better. Michael Schumacher however came out and
managed to split the Williams.
Behind this trio, David Coulthard managed to get the better of his team-mate Kimi Raikkonen who struggled with car problems while Jarno Trulli managed to put the Renault in 6th just 0.016 seconds behind Kimi Raikkonen. Jenson Button was impressive as well managing 7th fastest.
Rubens Barrichello in the F2001 didn't have the best of starts as he was penalised for ignoring a red light and exiting the pit lane by having his best time in qualifying disallowed. The best he could do however was 8th over 0.8 seconds off the pace. Nick Heidfeld in the Sauber was embarrassingly close to Barrichello in 9th with Mika Salo impressive once again in the Toyota making the top 10.
Of the cars beyond the top 10, Jaguar appear to have improved (or is it just the tyres) with de la Rosa in 11th and Irvine in 13rth. Both Honda teams run on Bridgestone tyres, their best was Fisichella in 14th with Villeneuve just behind him. Arrows who run the same engines as Jaguar but run on Bridgestone tyres were 18th with Frentzen and 21st with Bernoldi. This certainly indicates a tyre advantage for the Michelin runners.
The top 7 times from this year bettered Pole from last year with Juan Pablo Montoya beating that time by 0.666 seconds.
The field is very close here with just half a second
separating the top 6, under a second separating the top 8 and under 2 seconds
separating the top 18.
In the battle of the team-mates, Mark Webber continues to out-qualify Alex Yoong comprehensively, the margin this time was 1.388 seconds, next it was Michael Schumacher out-qualifying Rubens Barrichello by 0.694 seconds however they were in different specification cars. The closest were Coulthard and Raikkonen with Coulthard just 0.03 seconds ahead while Jarno Trulli jut managed to edge out his team-mate Jenson Button by a mere 0.054 seconds.
It is clear that the Michelin runners have a definite and it
will be interesting to see how the Bridgestone runners will shape in the race