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Saturday, 1 July, 2000, 17:51 GMT 18:51 UK
Jordan: Schumacher is unstoppable
Michael Schumacher
Jordan believes Schumacher can start celebrating
Eddie Jordan has said that the Formula One championship is Michael Schumacher's following the Ferrari man's impressive display at the French Grand Prix.

Schumacher boosted his chances of taking another massive step towards his goal by powering to pole position for Sunday's French Grand Prix at Magny-Cours.

The German takes a 22-point lead over McLaren's David Coulthard, second fastest today, into the ninth round of the 17-race season but Jordan reckons it is all over anyway.

"I can't see anybody beating Michael to the championship now," said Jordan, the man who launched Schumacher on the path of grand prix glory in Belgium in 1991.

I can't see anybody beating Michael to the championship now

Eddie Jordan

"If only I could get some decent odds on him winning the championship, then I'd have a bet on him myself."

Schumacher seized his third pole in a row just one tenth of a second ahead of rival David Coulthard.

And the German is confident he can celebrate a fifth victory at Magny-Cours which would see him equal Ayrton Senna's career tally of 41 triumphs.

"We have no worries really," warned Schumacher.

"Everything is going to plan so far. My first run was spot on and that is the main reason why I took pole because others seemed to improve on their later runs."

Jensen Button
Button happy with 10th spot
Despite a frustrating weekend with mechanical failures Coulthard still believes he can win that would keep his own championship hopes alive.

"I have had so many problems, but hopefully all my bad luck has been used up for the race," Coulthard said.

"It is incredible the amount of extra effort I had to put into the qualifying session because of the problems.


"It was very tiring, but I am pleasantly surprised to be second on the grid.

"I think I have been the quickest guy on the track all weekend. But it is one thing thinking it, ultimately you have got to prove it. Michael did that today and now we have got to find a way to get past him.

"The mechanics did a great job to get me back into the race car, but unfortunately when I did I drifted too wide at turn 13 - that was the unlucky number for me. It cost me the 10th of a second I needed."

Meanwhile, British driver Jenson Button was reasonaly content with 10th position on the grid in his Williams.

"I am very happy, mostly because I have had a couple of poor qualifying sessions previous to this one," said Button.

"When I came back to the garage in 10th position I thought it was great but then I saw Ralf who was going much faster than me and I was a little disappointed."

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