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Last Updated: Saturday, 31 May, 2003, 13:01 GMT 14:01 UK
Ralf springs Monaco surprise
GRID FOR MONACO GP
Ralf Schumacher pipped Kimi Raikkonen to pole
1 R Schumacher (Williams)
2 K Raikkonen (McLaren)
3 JP Montoya (Williams)
4 J Trulli (Renault)
5 M Schumacher (Ferrari)
6 D Coulthard (McLaren)

Ralf Schumacher produced a driving masterclass to take pole position for Sunday's Monaco Grand Prix.

Kimi Raikkonen set the early pace with a flying lap in the McLaren in a time of one minute 15.259 seconds.

But Ralf soon wiped the smile from Raikkonen's face, shaving 0.031secs off the Finn's time to secure his first pole of the season in his Williams.

Raikkonen will be alongside Schumacher on the front row, with the second Williams-BMW of Juan Pablo Montoya third and Jarno Trulli fourth for Renault.

World champion Michael Schumacher failed to take advantage of the prime last qualifying slot and will start the race from fifth position on the grid in his Ferrari alongside David Coulthard's McLaren.

Michael will now have his work cut out if he wants to clinch a record-equalling sixth Monaco Grand Prix victory.

Schumacher's Ferrari team-mate, the Brazilian Rubens Barrichello, will start back in seventh ahead of Spaniard Fernando Alonso in the second Renault.

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A delighted Ralf Schumacher said: "It is a great result for the team - especially after all the pressure we've had from the outside.

"Looking at the times this morning I didn't think we would be this strong and we were worried about the McLarens.

"It is going to be exciting at the first corner, I just hope there are no stupid mistakes or accidents."

Montoya, who was on pole last year, said: "I am amazed. We have got a good car for the race so lets see what happens."

Briton Jenson Button was forced to miss Saturday's qualifying session after being taken to hospital after a high-speed accident at the exit of the tunnel on Saturday morning.

The 23-year-old will be forced to start from the back of the grid or the pit lane if he is cleared to race.




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