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Saturday, June 12, 1999 Published at 18:39 GMT 19:39 UK

Schumacher takes Canadian pole

Schumacher secured pole by less than three-hundredths-of-a-second

Ferrari's Michael Schumacher secured pole at the Canadian Grand Prix to shatter rival Mika Hakkinen's hopes of maintaining his perfect starting record this season.

Michael Schumacher secured pole at the Canadian Grand Prix to shatter rival Mika Hakkinen's perfect qualifying record this season.

Schumacher blasted Hakkinen off top spot on the grid for the first time in six races - but the gap was less than three-hundredths-of-a-second.

The German's first pole since the final race of last season - and 21st of his career - was undoubtedly a devastating psychological blow ahead of Saunday's race.

Hakkinen only joined Schumacher on the front row with his last lap, to knock Eddie Irvine back into third spot and thwart a Ferrari clean sweep.

Schumacher, winning a record fourth pole position for the Canadian race, said: "I am delighted to get pole, my first of the season, but I expected it because we have been going well all weekend.

"It is a real shame that Eddie was not on the front row with me. That would have been good for Ferrari.

"It looks like this is a lucky circuit for me although we will have to see my race."

Hakkinen, who would have moved within one pole of equalling Alain Prost's record of seven from the start of a season, said: "I'm disappointed to lose my run of pole records.

"But losing pole is not the end of the world.

"What was more important was to get good position on the track and I still feel quite confident for the race."

Starting grid:

1 Michael Schumacher, Germany, Ferrari, 1 minute, 19.298 seconds, 200.706 kph (123.339 mph).
2 Mika Hakkinen, Finland, McLaren-Mercedes, 1:19.327.
3 Eddie Irvine, Northern Ireland, Ferrari, 1:19.440.
4 David Coulthard, Scotland, McLaren-Mercedes, 1:19.729.
5 Rubens Barrichello, Brazil, Stewart-Ford, 1:19.930.
6 Heinz-Harald Frentzen, Germany, Jordan-Mugen Honda, 1:20.158.
7 Giancarlo Fisichella, Italy, Benetton, 1:20.378.
8 Jean Alesi, France, Sauber, 1:20.459.
9 Jarno Trulli, Italy, Prost-Peugeot, 1:20.557.
10 Johnny Herbert, England, Stewart-Ford, 1:20.829.
11 Alexander Wurz, Austria, Benetton, 1:21.000.
12 Alex Zanardi, Italy, Williams, 1:21.076.
13 Ralf Schumacher, Germany, Williams, 1:21.081.
14 Damon Hill, England, Jordan-Mugen Honda, 1:21.094.
15 Olivier Panis, France, Prost-Peugeot, 1:21.252.
16 Jacques Villeneuve, Canada, BAR, 1:21.302.
17 Riccardo Zonta, Brazil, BAR, 1:21.467.
18 Pedro Diniz, Brazil, Sauber, 1:21.571.
19 Toranosuke Takagi, Japan, Arrows, 1:21.693.
20 Pedro de la Rosa, Spain, Arrows, 1:22.613.
21 Luca Badoer, Italy, Minardi-Ford, 1:22.808.
22 Marc Gene, Spain, Minardi-Ford, 1:23.387.

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