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  Saturday, 27 July, 2002, 12:48 GMT 13:48 UK
Schumacher ends Montoya run
The German fans have a lot to celebrate at Hockenheim
Michael and Ralf Schumacher are on the front row

Ferrari driver Michael Schumacher has ended Juan Pablo Montoya's run of pole positions by qualifying fastest at the German Grand Prix.

Williams driver Montoya arrived at the remodelled Hockenheim circuit having set pole at the previous five races, but Ferrari were untouchable this time.

Schumacher was on pole by 0.180s, with his brother Ralf Schumacher second fastest for Williams.


It was my dream to have a pole position at Hockenheim and now I want the win
Michael Schumacher

Montoya could only manage fourth place, behind the second Ferrari of Rubens Barrichello.

It was not a surprise to see Schumacher on pole for his home race - Ferrari had dominated all the practice sessions leading up to qualifying.

Schumacher's superiority was clear from the first runs, when he was nearly 0.7 seconds quicker than the first non-Ferrari driver.

The German had a scary moment on his second run when he clipped a kerb at the first corner and bounced through the gravel trap.

But he recovered on his next run to set a time of one minute 14.628 seconds.

Kimi Raikkonen outqualified David Coulthard for the eighth time in 12 races
Raikkonen again beat Coulthard at McLaren
That was beaten by Ralf next time out before the older Schumacher set a 1:14.389 on his final run.

Schumacher, who has never won for Ferrari at Hockenheim, said: "In the end we got it together in qualifying.

"We did quite a good preparation and everything seemed to be good, but in qualifying it took some time to get the lap time.

"It was my dream to have a pole position at Hockenheim and now I want the win.

"The other two guys next to me may have something to say about that.


After five poles in a row, I can cope with starting from the second row
Juan Pablo Montoya

"But we are in a good position to do it. I hope it works out and we will have to see what happens."

Montoya had a disappointing session.

The Colombian ran wide at the corner into Hockenheim's Stadium section on his first run, bouncing across the gravel and damaging his car.

He never recovered from there - and his attempt fizzled out when he ran wide again on his final attempt.

Montoya said: "After five poles in a row, I can cope with starting from the second row. I am quite confident for the race."

Kimi Raikkonen used the new Mercedes qualifying engine in his McLaren to reasonable effect by qualifying fifth, 1.25secs from pole.

Allan McNish did well for Toyota
McNish outqualified team-mate Salo for the first time this year

A mistake by the team caused the Finn to miss the chance of a final run as he did not start his final flying lap before the chequered flag ended the session.

But team-mate David Coulthard was a disappointing eighth, behind impressive performances from Jordan-Honda's Giancarlo Fisichella and BAR-Honda's Olivier Panis.

Fisichella qualified sixth just a week after suffering concussion in a 140mph crash at the French Grand Prix, helped by a new version of the team's Honda engine.

The Jaguar team showed signs that their new aerodynamic package is a step forward, with Eddie Irvine qualifying 15th.

That is nothing to get excited about, but it is better than Jaguar were producing in the first half of the season, when they were struggling to beat Minardi.

Jaguar boss Niki Lauda said: "Given the recent all-round improvements that we have made to this car, I was expecting our drivers to qualify a little closer to the top 10."

Irvine was one place ahead of Toyota driver Allan McNish, who did his chances of holding onto his seat in 2003 a lot of good by outqualifying team-mate Mika Salo for the first time this season.

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