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  Saturday, 12 October, 2002, 03:46 GMT 04:46 UK
Lapwatch: Japanese GP qualifying
All the action from Suzuka as Michael Schumacher clinches pole position at the final race of the season.

Kimi Raikkonen in the McLaren-Mercedes at the Japanese Grand Prix
Can Raikkonen do anything about the Ferraris?
Final grid

1 M Schumacher
(Ferrari)
2 Barrichello
(Ferrari)
3 Coulthard
(McLaren)
4 Raikkonen
(McLaren)
5 R Schumacher
(Williams)
6 Montoya
(Williams)


Major incidents (All times BST):

0715: Michael Schumacher brings the session to a close with the fastest time so far.

He clocks 1:31.317 and will have team-mate Rubens Barrichello alongside him on the front row of the grid.

Kimi Raikkonen produces a late surge to take fourth place, and will be alongside McLaren team-mate David Coulthard on the second row of the grid.

The two Williams of Ralf Schumacher and Juan Pablo Montoya complete the top six.

0713: Barrichello jumps back into second, alongside Ferrari team-mate Michael Schumacher.

The Brazilian clocks 1:31.749 to relegate Coulthard into third.

0711: With just over four minutes to go Barrichello comes out for a last attempt to climb the grid.

0710: Giancarlo Fisichella moves into seventh place with a time of 1:33.276.

0705: Coulthard jumps from sixth to second, behind world champion Michael Schumacher, with a time of 1:32.088.

0701: A sudden flurry of activity sees Ralf Schumacher briefly take second before Barrichello goes two-tenths of a second quicker.

World champion Michael Schumacher holds first place with a superb time of 1:31.510.

0659: Michael Schumacher, Barrichello and Montoya are all out on the track, and Montoya marginally improves his time but stays in second.

0653: Barrichello clocks 1:32.581 for third place on the grid.

World champion Michael Schumacher is on provisional pole with a time of 1:31.825, three-quarters of a second ahead of second-placed Montoya.

0650: The session has re-started with 24 minutes left on the clock, and Barrichello and Coulthard are straight out onto the track.

0640: The barrier has been repaired following Allan McNish's high-speed crash and the qualifying session will re-start at 0650.

0620: The session has still not restarted following McNish's high-speed crash in his Toyota.

The damaged barrier must be repaired to meet safety regulations before the session can be resumed.

When the session was brought to a halt Coulthard was on a flying lap that would have put him third, according to McLaren boss Ron Dennis.

World champion Michael Schumacher is on provisional pole with a time of 1:31.825, three-quarters of a second ahead of second-placed Montoya.

0548: The session will not be re-started for at least 45 minutes following McNish's high-speed crash.

The Scot went through the safety barrier at 180mph but walked away from the crash and is reported to have escaped with a bruised knee.

McNish, in his final race for Toyota, is not expected to take any further part in qualifying.

0534: The session is stopped after McNish crashes at high speed and puts his car through a barrier. McNish walks away but there will be a delay while the barrier is repaired.

0533: Montoya takes second on the grid, three-quarters of a second behind Ferrari's Michael Schumacher, after a flying lap in his Williams.

0532: Jarno Trulli produces a good run in his Renault to take sixth place.

0527: The two Ferraris appear for the first time on Saturday and Michael Schumacher immediately produces the fastest lap ever at Suzuka to take provisional pole.

0521: Most of the cars are now out on the circuit and the two McLarens of Raikkonen and Coulthard immediately go to the top of the grid.

0514: Jacques Villeneuve is the second man out and the former world champion immediately goes much quicker than Alex Yoong in 1:34.863.

0511: Yoong laps the course in 1:38.700, almost a second slower than he managed in the morning practice.

0507: Yoong's Minardi is the first car to take to the circuit, just over seven minutes into the session.

0500: The one-hour qualifying session is underway in Suzuka, but none of the drivers have yet ventured out onto the course.


Michael Schumacher heads into qualifying as the hot favourite to secure pole position at one of his favourite tracks.

He set the fastest time in practice and the circuit suits his Ferrari extremely well.

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