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Saturday, May 15, 1999 Published at 10:21 GMT 11:21 UK

Hakkinen on pole in Monaco

Ahead of the pack: Mika Hakkinen roars towards pole position in Monaco

World Champion Mika Hakkinen stole pole position from Michael Schumacher on his very last lap during qualifying for the Monaco Grand Prix.

The Finn maintained his perfect qualifying record this season in dramatic style to seize the vital top spot by just 0.064-of-a-second.

Hakkinen posted a time of 1:20.547 in his McLaren to just pip his German rival's Ferrari.

David Coulthard completed an encouraging late show for McLaren by moving into third, ahead of Eddie Irvine's Ferrari.

But it was a disappointing session for another Briton, Damon Hill, who never managed to shake off the effects of a crash in the morning and qualified 17th.

Johnny Herbert was just ahead, recording the 13th fastest time.

Hill and David Coulthard had both emerged unscathed from crashes in first practice on Saturday morning.

Hill damaged his Jordan when he smashed into a tyre barrier shortly before the end of the session.

Shock for diners

He lost control of his car at the famous Rascasse complex as the back end suddenly went away from him.

The 38-year-old slid before smacking sideways into the tyres - giving a fright to the fans enjoying the spectacle from the restaurant close by.

Coulthard's practice was ended earlier as his McLaren clipped a wall coming into the home straight.

His accident was less serious as Hill's, as he left a black mark from his tyre on the whitewashed wall he hit as he prepared to enter the home straight in his McLaren.

The rear wing area of the car was damaged and a tyre punctured in the incident.

Saturday's qualifying times:

1 M Hakkinen (Fin) McLaren 1:20.547
2 M Schumacher (Ger) Ferrari 1:20.611
3 D Coulthard (GB) McLaren 1:20.956
4 E Irvine (GB) Ferrari 1:21.011
5 R Barrichello (Brz) Stewart 1:21.530
6 H-H Frentzen (Ger) Jordan 1:21.556
7 J Trulli (It) Prost 1:21.769
8 J Villeneuve (Can) BAR 1:21.859
9 G Fisichella (It) Benetton 1:22.215
10 A Wurz (Aut) Benetton 1:22.299

13 J Herbert GB Stewart 1:22.248
17 D Hill (GB) Jordan 1:22.832

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