Australian GP: Saturday recap

Record Crowd Sees Ferraris Fill Front Row - Aussie Webber Qualifies 18TH For Debut Race A Record Saturday Crowd Of 112,500 At Melbourne'S Albert Park Circuit Saw Ferrari'S Brazilian Driver Rubens Barrichello Take Pole Position ...

Record Crowd Sees Ferraris Fill Front Row - Aussie Webber Qualifies 18TH For Debut Race

A Record Saturday Crowd Of 112,500 At Melbourne'S Albert Park Circuit Saw Ferrari'S Brazilian Driver Rubens Barrichello Take Pole Position For Tomorrow'S Foster'S Australian Grand Prix Ahead Of His Four-Time World Champion Teammate Michael Schumacher.

Attendances At The First Three Days Of The 2002 Grand Prix Totalling 244,800 Are 3,800 Ahead Of Those Last Year.

Australian Grand Prix Corporation John Harnden Said The Crowds Were Indicative Of The Strength Of Formula One And The Excitement Surrounding The Debut Of Australia'S New Formula One Driver Mark Webber, Who Has Qualified 18th For His Grand Prix Debut.

"Formula One Is An Enthralling Contest Between The Top Teams, With Ferrari Showing It Still Has Edge On The Mclaren And Williams Cars, And Mark Webber Has Done An Excellent Job To Qualify His Minardi On The Ninth Row Of The Grid," Mr Harnden Said.

"The Australian Fans Are Giving Mark And Minardi Enormous Support And Obviously Everyone Would Love To See Him Do Well, And Hopefully Finish The Race, On Sunday."

Barrichello Edged Out German Schumacher By Just 0.005 Seconds For Pole In A Session In Which Light Rain Saw Many Drivers Not Use The Full Allocation Of 12 Laps To Set A Qualifying Time.

Temperatures Up To 21 Degrees Are Forecast For Albert Park On Sunday. Webber'S Best Lap Of 1 Minute 30.086 Seconds Around The 5.3-Kilometre Circuit Was 4.243 Seconds Outside Barrichello'S Time But Put Him Ahead Of Four Other Drivers In The Field.

Webber Will Start In Front Of The Jaguars Of Irishman Eddie Irvine And Spaniard Pedro De La Rosa And His Minardi Teammate, Malaysian Alex Yoong, And Japanese Rookie Takuma Sato In A Jordan.

Sato Failed To Clock A Time Within 107 Per Cent Of Barrichello'S 1:25.843 Pole Position Lap But Has Been Given The Green Light To Start The Season-Opening World Championship Race At 2pm Sunday. Brazilian Felipe Massa Was The Best Qualifier Among The New Drivers And Will Start From Ninth Position In His Sauber Car, With His German Teammate Nick Heidfeld Alongside Him.

New Entrant Toyota'S Rookie Driver Allan Mcnish, Of Scotland, Qualified 16th, Two Places Behind His Experienced Finnish Teammate, Mika Salo. Behind The Front-Row Ferraris Will Be Ralf Schumacher In A Bmw-Williams And Scotsman David Coulthard In A Mclaren-Mercedes. On The Third Row Are Coultlhard'S New Finnish Teammate, Kimi Raikkonen, And The Other Bmw-Williams Driver, Colombian Juan Pablo Montoya.

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Series Supercars , Formula 1
Drivers Juan Pablo Montoya
Teams Sauber , Williams