Schumacher brothers share the front row World championship leader Michael Schumacher maintained his run of spectacular qualifying form by securing his sixth pole position of the season prior to the Canadian Grand Prix, eighth round of this ...
Schumacher brothers share the front row
World championship leader Michael Schumacher maintained his run of spectacular qualifying form by securing his sixth pole position of the season prior to the Canadian Grand Prix, eighth round of this year’s F1 world championship. The German lapped in 1m 15.782s – more than half a second clear of his rivals and 2.7 seconds faster than last season’s pole position time. He used up only two of his four allotted runs in a session that was twice interrupted because of spectacular crashes that involved the pole position winner’s team-mate Rubens Barrichello and Nick Heidfeld (Sauber-Petronas). Nether driver was injured.
For the second time this season – and in the history of the world championship – two brothers will share the front row of the grid. Schumacher’s sibling Ralf was second fastest for the Michelin-shod BMW WilliamsF1 Team. “We have had a few problems getting the car to work this weekend,” he said, “but we found a really good qualifying balance and I am sure we will have a consistent car for the race. Our chassis was working much better in the hotter conditions this afternoon.” Ralf’s team-mate Juan Pablo Montoya did not have such a productive session and will line up 10th, on the fifth row of the grid. In his fourth race for Jaguar Racing - Michelin, Pedro de la Rosa was third best of the Michelin runners in 14th place, just ahead of team-mate Eddie Irvine. It is the first time de la Rosa has outqualified the Ulsterman to date. Jean Alesi (Prost-Acer - Michelin 16th ) was best of the remaining Michelin runners, from Giancarlo Fisichella (Mild Seven Benetton Renault Sport - Michelin, 18 th ), Luciano Burti (Prost-Acer - Michelin, 19 th ), Jenson Button (Mild Seven Benetton Renault Sport, 19 th ), Fernando Alonso (European Minardi - Michelin, 21 st ) and Tarso Marques (European Minardi - Michelin, 22 nd ).
Schumacher Snr’s closest title challenger David Coulthard (McLaren-Mercedes) lines up third fastest while former champion Mika Hakkinen is eighth. Ricardo Zonta has been drafted in to race for Jordan after regular driver Heinz-Harald Frentzen was taken ill. The Brazilian qualified 12 th for what will be his first grand prix last October, when he made his final start for British American Racing.
MICHELIN’S RACE :
Pierre Dupasquier (Motorsport Director) :
The track was ten degrees warmer this afternoon than it was this morning. Did this change in track conditions help you during qualifying?
“Not at all. For confirmation, you only need to look at the performance of drivers such as Eddie Irvine, who failed to match the time they achieved in this morning’s free practice. That said, we are still satisfied with the result of today’s session. Ralf Schumacher put in a peach of a lap to hoist himself onto the front row of the grid and that is a good omen for tomorrow. The BMW engineers have done a great deal of work on their launch control system and we are looking forward to the start with great excitement.”