Williams challenge Ferrari in Brazilian GP qualifying

Williams challenge Ferrari in Brazilian GP qualifying

It was a hot and dry qualifying session for the Brazilian Grand Prix, air temperature around 30C, track temperature around 40C when the pit lane opened. There was some discussion from drivers about the new FIA ruling to demote drivers ten places...

It was a hot and dry qualifying session for the Brazilian Grand Prix, air temperature around 30C, track temperature around 40C when the pit lane opened.

There was some discussion from drivers about the new FIA ruling to demote drivers ten places on the grid for the following race if found to be at fault in an incident.

Jaguar's Eddie Irvine thinks Juan Pablo Montoya did no wrong in the Malaysian Grand Prix, where the Colombian clashed at the first corner with Michael Schumacher. Irvine said Montoya's drive through penalty was unjust and the drivers seemed united in wanting consistency in steward's decisions.

Michael Schumacher.
Photo by Ferrari Media Center.
There were also mutterings about the decision to allow Ferrari double the amount of tyres as allocated to other teams. Most teams have seven sets of tyres per driver but Michael Schumacher was allocated seven for the F2002 and another seven for his back-up car, last year's F2001. Many were not happy about this allowance, complaining that there is one rule for Ferrari and another for the rest of the grid.

Ferrari's Rubens Barrichello and Jordan's Takuma Sato both stood to forfeit their fastest times in qualifying due to jumping a red light at the pit exit in free practice.

Alex Yoong was first to take to the track for Minardi, followed by Toyota's Allan McNish who set the first fastest time. Home boy Enrique Bernoldi and team mate Heinz-Harald Frentzen both showed early form for Arrows while McLaren's Kimi Raikkonen took to the spare car after a hydraulic problem with his race car.

Williams looked very strong, half way through the session Ralf Schumacher and Juan Pablo Montoya were heading the times in a 1-2 respectively until Michael Schumacher put the F2002 through its paces and stole second from Montoya.

Jenson Button was doing well for Renault, Sauber's Felipe Massa and Toyota's Mika Salo also in the top ten. Montoya went on to re-take second from Michael, swiftly followed by Barrichello -- there was less than one tenth of a second between the top ten at that point.

Pole winner Juan Pablo Montoya.
Photo by Sutton Motorsport Images.
With ten minutes to go Montoya stormed into pole position, overtaking his teammate. Schumacher Sr was unable to match the Colombian, being only able to nip his brother for a front-row spot.

Both Renaults ended up in the top ten, Salo matched his Malaysian tenth-place grid position, and the Jordans finished just outside, as the track temperature climbed to 45C.

Final top six classification was Montoya, M. Schumacher, R. Schumacher, Coulthard, Raikkonen and Trulli.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Juan Pablo Montoya
Teams Ferrari , Sauber , McLaren , Williams , Minardi , Jordan