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  Sunday, 15 July, 2001, 04:36 GMT 05:36 UK
Schumacher grabs pole
Michael Schumacher
Schumacher regained pole from the McLarens

It was a difficult and interesting session because there was only half an hour to go when most people decided to leave the pits
Michael Schumacher
He was fastest after the second runs, and even though he lost pole to Schumacher in the end, the Finn announced his return to form with a bang.

Hakkinen has been out of the limelight for a few races, to such an extent that people began to wonder whether he was on the point of retiring.

On Friday he buried the rumours by saying he was negotiating a new contract with McLaren and on Saturday he showed why.

Hakkinen rejected claims that he has found new motivation for this weekend, saying instead that he was very pleased with the performance of the McLaren.

He said: "Motivaton is always related to how you do on the race track. Has it been different here? No. Last GP, I was at the maximum motivation to perform. Today it just feels like we have got things right."

Mika Hakkinen
Hakkinen will be on the front row with Schumacher
Hakkinen was fastest after the first two runs, but Schumacher pounced on his third flying lap.

He set a lap of one minute 20.447 seconds on his third run, to edge out his rival by just over 0.1s.

But it always looked as though it was going to be close, and with an all-out last-minute effort, the double world champion was agonisingly close on 1:20.529.

Schumacher said: "It was a difficult and interesting session because there was only half an hour to go when most people decided to leave the pits.

"We had no experience in the dry today. Then the monitors failed so we didn't know where we were fast or slow, which sometimes helps to know where to work."

Schumacher said he made a mistake on his fastest lap, running slightly wide at Stowe, but he said it had not cost him too much.

Coulthard was a little further behind than he would have wanted to be, setting a 1:20.957s.

Tyre pressure

Other impressive performances came from Jarno Trulli, Juan Pablo Montoya, Pedro de la Rosa and Jenson Button.

Trulli is fourth on the grid in the Jordan-Honda, just 0.003s slower than Coulthard, while Montoya beat team-mate Ralf Schumacher despite having a difficult session in which he was forced to switch to the spare car.

Montoya will line up eighth - Michelin have clearly not got a particularly good tyre for this weekend. All the drivers in front of him are on Bridgestones.

Both De la Rosa and Button beat their respective team-mates, Eddie Irvine and Giancarlo Fisichella, who have dominated them thus far this year.

Minardi driver Tarso Marques failed to qualify because he did set a time that was within the regulation 107% of pole position.

The team's appeal was rejected on the grounds that there were no exceptional circumstances to explain the Brazilian's lack of pace.

Marques was 1.714 seconds slower than his team-mate, the Spaniard Fernando Alonso.


Qualifying times for the British Grand Prix at Silverstone:

1 Michael Schumacher (Ger) Ferrari one minute 20.447 seconds
2 Mika Hakkinen (Fin) McLaren-Mercedes 1:20.529
3 David Coulthard (GB) McLaren-Mercedes 1:20.927
4 Jarno Trulli (Ita) Jordan-Honda 1:20.930
5 Heinz-Harald Frentzen (Ger) Jordan-Honda 1:21.217
6 Rubens Barrichello (Bra) Ferrari 1:21.715
7 Kimi Raikkonen (Fin) Sauber-Petronas 1:22.023
8 Juan Pablo Montoya (Col) Williams-BMW 1:22.219
9 Nick Heidfeld (Ger) Sauber-Petronas 1:22.223
10 Ralf Schumacher (Ger) Williams-BMW 1:22.283
11 Olivier Panis (Fra) BAR-Honda 1:22.316
12 Jacques Villeneuve (Can) BAR-Honda 1:22.916
13 Pedro de la Rosa (Spa) Jaguar-Cosworth 1:23.273
14 Jean Alesi (Fra) Prost-Acer 1:23.392
15 Eddie Irvine (GB) Jaguar-Cosworth 1:23.439
16 Luciano Burti (Bra) Prost-Acer 1:23.739
17 Jos Verstappen (Net) Arrows-Asiatech 124.067
18 Jenson Button (GB) Benetton-Renault 1:24.123
19 Giancarlo Fisichella (Ita) Benetton-Renault 1:24.275
20 Enrique Bernoldi (Bra) Arrows-Asiatech 1:24.606
21 Fernando Alonso (Spa) Minardi-European 1:24.792
22 Tarso Marques (Bra) Minardi-European 1:26.506

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