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Last Updated: Saturday, 24 July, 2004, 12:51 GMT 13:51 UK
Schumacher takes pole
QUALIFYING TIMES
Michael Schumacher
1 M Schumacher 1:13.306
2 JP Montoya 1:13.668
3 J Button 1:13.674 *
4 K Raikkonen 1:13.690
5 D Coulthard 1:13.821
6 F Alonso 1:13.874
7 J Trulli 1:14.134
8 R Barrichello 1:14.278
9 T Sato 1:14.287
10 O Panis 1:14.368
* Button will start 13th on grid
World champion Michael Schumacher put in a stunning late burst of speed to clinch pole at the German Grand Prix.

The Ferrari was lightning-quick in the final sector of his qualifying lap at Hockenheim and finished with a time of one minute 13.306 seconds.

Juan Pablo Montoya was second fastest to book a spot on the front row while Jenson Button was third quickest.

However, the Briton will start in 13th place because of an engine-change infringement in Friday's practice.

The BAR driver, still seeking his maiden Grand Prix victory, was docked 10 places after having to change his engine mid-session.

Despite finishing down in 11th in pre-qualifying, Schumacher scorched through his qualifying lap to earn the 61st pole of his career, leaving him just four short of Ayrton Senna's record.

It was the German's first pole in five races and only the second time he has started a Grand Prix in first place on the grid in his home country.

"Michael drove an outstanding lap," said Ferrari team technical director Ross Brawn.

"We were actually focusing our strategy mainly on the race so what Michael did is really extraordinary."

Schumacher is looking for his 11th win in 12 races and his sixth in a row while Ferrari could clinch the constructor's title this weekend if they score 13 more points than Renault.

Williams have done a great job in the last few races and it's good to see the team back in good shape
Juan Pablo Montoya

"I think with the way things are going for us this weekend this is very promising for us," he said.

"I have been very lucky in the races not to have any failures - we make mistakes and the team makes mistakes sometimes."

Montoya is vowing to push Schumacher hard and is impressed with the set-up of his new car.

"I think Williams have done a great job in the last few races and it's good to see the team back in good shape," said the Colombian.

"It's a shame we couldn't have gone any faster but I think we have a very good race car - we'll have to wait and see how it pans out tomorrow.

"The car has worked well. I was a little bit surprised with Michael's lap but the way Ferrari are going this year, they have been so strong."

Antonio Pizzonia, filling in for the injured Ralf Schumacher at Williams, was second in pre-qualifying but will start the race from 10th on the grid.

"Obviously this is a disappointing result, especially when we did so well in pre-qualifying," said the Brazilian.

"In my final qualifying lap the car felt different as we made some changes to it between the two sessions which made it unexpectedly hard to drive."




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