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"Monaco is unforgiving"
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McLaren's David Coulthard
"It's the way the cookie crumbles"
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The BBC's Jonathan Legard
"Coulthard's designs on victory look well founded"
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McLaren driver David Coulthard
"Winning Monaco would be at the top of the list"
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Michael Schumacher
"We will see a very tough race tomorrow"
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Jarno Trulli
"Honestly, I didn't expect to do so well"
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Saturday, 3 June, 2000, 17:00 GMT 18:00 UK
Polished Schu cruises in qualifying
Schumacher had little trouble during qualifying
Ferrari's Michael Schumacher clinched pole for Sunday's Monaco Grand Prix after a brilliant qualifying session.

Jordan's Jarno Trulli surprised the pack by taking the other place on the front row, with McLaren's David Coulthard in third.

Reigning world champion Mika Hakkinen suffered from a lot of misfortune on his way around the Monte Carlo circuit, and starts Sunday's race in fifth position.

I hope to have a good start but I will have my rivals next to me

Michael Schumacher

Jaguar Racing's Eddie Irvine took an early lead, before Schumacher came out of the pits to record two fantastic times.

But the four times Monaco winner was eclipsed by Jordan's Jarno Trulli for a short period.

Despite coming close to taking pole, the Italian eventually finished 0.2 seconds behind the German - good enough to earn him a place on the front row for the first time in his career.

Schumacher's time of 1min 19.475 secs set the standard for much of the session and the McLaren efforts looked lacklustre in comparison.

Six minutes

Scot David Coulthard's third position was some consolation for McLaren, with team-mate Mika Hakkinen suffering from a lot of bad luck, during his 12 laps.

I am confident I can still win

McLaren's David Coulthard

Coulthard was in good spirits despite having to start Sunday's race on the second row.

"I am confident I can still win," said the Scot.

"This is the one race victory I want more than any other so hopefully it will come tomorrow.

"A victory would also be a big help to my world championship hopes, but it is going to be a tough battle as it always is here."

Partner Hakinnen had to deal with incidents occuring on the track, mainly involving avoiding crashes, which at times proved hazardous.

With only six minutes remaining, the reigning world champion came out of the pits again on a fresh set of tyres.

Coulthard flew the flag for McLaren
And the gods finally smiled on the Finn as he managed to climb from 17th to a more respectable position, seconds before the end of the session.

"Obviously I'm not where I want to be for the race," said the flying Finn.

"It just seemed that whenever I was on a flying lap, I was caught in traffic or the yellow flags came out and I had to go back into the pits and try again."

Northern Ireland's Eddie Irvine was 10th fastest followed by Jaguar racing team-mate Johnny Herbert.

And Jenson Button will start his maiden race in Monaco from 14th on the grid for Williams BMW.

Schumacher will now start as favourite to win the Monaco Grand Prix.

"It will remain a very tough race until the end," said the German.

"I hope to have a good start but I will have my rivals next to me."

Top qualifiers

1. Michael Schumacher (Ger) Ferrari 1:19.475
2. Jarno Trulli (Ita) Jordan-Mugen Honda 1:19.746
3. David Coulthard (Gbr) McLaren-Mercedes 1:19.888
4. Heinz-Harald Frentzen (Ger) Jordan-Mugen Honda 1:19.961
5. Mika Hakkinen (Fin) McLaren-Mercedes 1:20.241
6. Rubens Barrichello (Bra) Ferrari 1:20.416
7. Jean Alesi (Fra) Prost-Peugeot 1:20.494
8. Giancarlo Fisichella (Ita) Benetton-Supertec 1:20.703
9. Ralf Schumacher (Ger) Williams-BMW 1:20.742
10. Eddie Irvine (Gbr) Jaguar-Cosworth 1:20.743
11. Johnny Herbert (Gbr) Jaguar-Cosworth 1:20.792
12. Alexander Wurz (Aut) Benetton-Supertec 1:20.871

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