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The BBC's Jonathan Legard
"Coulthard was home before his rivals had really noticed."
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David Coulthard
"It's going to be a race right to the end."
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Michael Schumacher
"Tomorrow's when it counts, not today."
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Giancarlo Fisichella:
"After the spin-off in qualifying, I didn't expect to be here."
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Saturday, 29 July, 2000, 12:06 GMT 13:06 UK
Coulthard grabs pole in Germany
David Coulthard
Coulthard took his chance early
McLaren's David Coulthard took pole position ahead of Sunday's German Grand Prix as others suffered at a wet Hockenheim.

Ferrari's Michael Schumacher grabbed second with Giancarlo Fisichella claiming third place in his Benetton.

Coulthard's team-mate Mika Hakkinen had to settle for fourth.

The Scot, who is six points behind championship leader Michael Schumacher, recorded the fastest time in his opening flying lap - just seconds before the rain came down.

I found a lucky moment. I was not expecting to be here. I would have been happy with fourth
  Ferrari's Michael Schumacher

The McLaren driver was delighted and relieved that he had taken his chance early.

"I managed to find a clean lap. It was good timing from the engineers getting me out when they did," said Coulthard.

Wet weather

"The first sector was dry, it was damp in the second but dry in the third though you had to be careful throughout.

"I will approach the start the same way as I always do. I intend to turn pole into leading coming out of the first corner. If I do that I have got a good chance of winning."

The track, which had been flooded on Friday, took its toll again as the wet weather forced the cars to slow down.

Local favourite Schumacher left it very late to claim the other place on the front row.

The German was in fourth for the majority of the session after Mika Salo's Sauber had held him up on his first flying lap.

I intend to turn pole into leading coming out of the first corner - if I do that I have got a good chance of winning
  McLaren's David Coulthard

"I found a lucky moment. I was not expecting to be here. I would have been happy with fourth," said Schumacher.

"We have been competitive all weekend and I am feeling confident for tomorrow."

Initial effort

Schumacher's team-mate Rubens Barrichello drove off the circuit on his opener forcing him to drive the German's car in order to try a record a qualifying time for Sunday's race.

The Brazilian left it until the final few moments of the session to record a time which will see him start in 18th on the grid.

And the drama did not end there after it was announced that Heinz-Harald Frentzen had only 15 minutes in which to go out and qualify, after his initial effort was discounted because he had missed a chicane.

But Frentzen, like Barrichello, took his place for Sunday's race, albeit well down the grid.

Britain's Johnny Herbert, who by his own admission has had a rotten weekend, took advantage of avoiding the rain early to start eight on the grid while Jaguar team-mate Eddie Irvine is 10th.

Starting grid for Sunday's German Grand Prix, the 11th round of the Drivers' World Championship

1st row: David Coulthard (Gbr/McLaren-Mercedes) one minute 45.697 seconds
Michael Schumacher (Ger/Ferrari) 1:47.063

2nd row: Giancarlo Fisichella (Ita/Benetton-Supertec) 1:47.130
Mika Hakkinen (Fin/McLaren-Mercedes) 1:47.162

3rd row: Pedro de la Rosa (Spa/Arrows-Supertec) 1:47.786
Jarno Trulli (Ita/Jordan-Mugen Honda) 1:47.833

4th row: Alexander Wurz (Aut/Benetton-Supertec) 1:48.037
Johnny Herbert (Gbr/Jaguar-Cosworth) 1:48.078

5th row: Jacques Villeneuve (Can/BAR-Honda) 1:48.121
Eddie Irvine (Gbr/Jaguar-Cosworth) 1:48.305

6th row: Jos Verstappen (Ned/Arrows-Supertec) 1:48.321
Ricardo Zonta (Bra/BAR-Honda) 1:48.665

7th row: Nick Heidfeld (Ger/Prost-Peugeot) 1:48.690
Ralf Schumacher (Ger/Williams-BMW) 1:48.841

8th row: Mika Salo (Fin/Sauber-Petronas) 1:49.204
Jenson Button (Gbr/Williams-BMW) 1:49.215

9th row: Heinz-Harald Frentzen (Ger/Jordan-Mugen Honda) 1:49.280
Rubens Barrichello (Bra/Ferrari) 1:49.544

10th row: Pedro Paolo Diniz (Bra/Sauber-Petronas) 1:49.936
Jean Alesi (Fra/Prost-Peugeot) 1:50.289

11th row: Gaston Mazzacane (Arg/Minardi-Ford) 1:51.611
Marc Gene (Spa/Minardi-Ford) 1:53.094

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