Montoya wins pole position for Monaco GP

A thrilling qualifying session for the Monaco Grand Prix saw Juan Pablo Montoya storm to pole position for Williams, thrashing the Ferraris to third and fifth. A sunny day with a temperature of around 23C had cars running on soft tyre compounds...

A thrilling qualifying session for the Monaco Grand Prix saw Juan Pablo Montoya storm to pole position for Williams, thrashing the Ferraris to third and fifth. A sunny day with a temperature of around 23C had cars running on soft tyre compounds and very stiff suspension for the Monte Carlo street circuit.

Alex Yoong was first out for Minardi and immediately crashed at turn one. The engine noise at Monaco was fantastic, clocking 130 decibels at the swimming pool turn. Eddie Irvine set the first fastest time for Jaguar, a 1:23.529, two seconds off Renault's Jarno Trulli's fastest in free practice yesterday. Arrows' Enrique Bernoldi took provisional pole, followed by the Sauber of Felipe Massa.

Toyota's Allan McNish took over pole, showing the same fast form as yesterday's practice, swiftly overtaken by the Williams of Juan Pablo Montoya. Kimi Raikkonen abandoned his McLaren to take to the spare car as team-mate David Coulthard went fastest. Jaguar were loitering at the back of the field, as were BAR.

Ralf Schumacher took pole from team mate Montoya, followed by Coulthard. Towards the end of the session Yoong was outside the 107% but eventually managed to qualify. In the final laps Montoya thrilled, again taking pole position and this time he made it stick. Final top six classification: Montoya, Coulthard, M. Schumacher, R. Schumacher, Barrichello, Trulli.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Eddie Irvine , Jarno Trulli , Ralf Schumacher , Enrique Bernoldi , David Coulthard , Kimi Raikkonen , Allan McNish , Alex Yoong , Felipe Massa
Teams Ferrari , Sauber , McLaren , Williams , Minardi