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Last Updated: Saturday, 21 October 2006, 18:04 GMT 19:04 UK
Brazilian GP qualifying as it happened
1 F Massa (Ferrari) 1:10.680

2 K Raikkonen (McLaren) 1:11.299

3 J Trulli (Toyota) 1:11.328

4 F Alonso (Renault) 1:11.567

5 R Barrichello (Honda) 1:11.619

6 G Fisichella (Renault) 1:11.629

7 R Schumacher (Toyota) 1:11.695

8 N Heidfeld (BMW Sauber) 1:11.882

LATEST ACTION (all times BST)

1901: Massa steps up to the plate for Ferrari as the Brazilian claims pole on home turf with a time of 1:10.680. But his team-mate is provisionally 10th after technical problems in the final session. It looks as though Schumacher will have a 10-place penalty if an engine change is required. Despite fantastic flying laps in the first and second sessions, Schumacher's hopes of 69th career pole are shattered.

1852: It's looking unlikely that Schumacher can get out of the pits and complete a lap, giving his slim title hopes a further blow.

1847: It's a disastrous start for Schumacher as the German's Ferrari is forced to return to the pits after a worryingly slow beginning. If he cannot get out on the track in time to burn some fuel, Schumacher may struggle for pace.

1845: The final shoot-out is under way with the remaining 10 drivers fighting it out for pole position. The drivers will burn off some fuel before attempting their flying laps towards the end of the session.

1838: Schumacher sits pretty at the top after the second session as Mark Webber, Pedro de la Rosa, Nico Rosberg, Jenson Button, Robert Doornbos and Vitantonio Liuzzi go out and take positions 11-16 respectively on the grid.

It's a real disappointment for Honda, which only gets one of their cars through to the final shoot-out as Button fails to overcome his traction control issues.

1833: Massa clocks 1:10.775 to slot just behind team-mate Schumacher in the times. Button still needs to post a flying lap after his traction problems in the first session.

1829: Ferrari are really looking unbeatable on this Interlago circuit with Jarno Trulli's leading time easily overtaken by another blistering lap of 1:10.313 by Schumacher.

1822: The second 15-minute session is under way with places 11-16 on the grid to be decided.

1816: The first 15-minute session is over with Scott Speed , Christijan Albers , David Coulthard, Takuma Sato, Sakon Yamamoto and Tiago Monteiro eliminated and taking positions 17-22 on the grid.

Meanwhile at the other end, Ferrari are dominating the pace with Massa topping the period with 1:10.643, ahead of Schumacher. Robert Doornbos gets through 13th fastest but faces a 10-place penalty on the grid for an engine change.

Jenson Button only squeezes through in 15th but it emerges from the Honda camp that the Briton has been struggling with his car's traction control.

1812: Massa shows no signs of being slowed down by the last-minute changes to his car as he sets a blistering pace of 1:10.643. He's just ahead of team-mate Schumacher, whose brother Ralf is fourth fastest for Toyota.

1809: There seems to have been chaos in the Ferrari paddock as the mechanics are struggling to get Felipe Massa out after a last minute gearbox change. Meanwhile Michael Schumacher currently leads the standings with one minute 11.565.

Further down the order, Tiago Monteiro is in trouble after spinning off early on in the session.

1802: Sakon Yamamoto is first to post a time at Interlagos and it is likely to be the only occasion we see the Super Aguri driver lead the standings as he clocks 1:15.244.

1800: The first 15-minute period of qualifying has begun with cars going out to start their warm-ups. The weather is fine and dry with a track temperature is 36C and an air temperature of 21C.

The slowest six cars will drop out at the end of the first session and take positions 17-22 on the starting grid.

Rubens Barrichello holds the record pole of one minute 10.646 seconds from 2004, while Fernando Alonso claimed pole last year.


Pre-qualifying build-up:

With the world title on the line, Fernando Alonso and Michael Schumacher head into the final qualifying session of their season at Brazil's demanding Interlagos track from 1800 BST.

Alonso requires just one point to clinch back-to-back world titles, with Schumacher needing to win the race and then hope the 25-year-old Spaniard finishes outside the points if he is to claim an eighth crown.

The Renault driver has a 10-point championship lead after securing a vital victory in Japan two weeks ago as Schumacher's title hopes were hit by a rare engine failure.



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