April 22, 2006
Michael Schumacher takes 66th Career pole to break late Ayrton Senna’s record of 65 career poles. With stunning time of 1:22.795 Michael starts tomorrow’s race on front row.
Honda who have fared well at this circuit in recent years did well in qualifiers.Just when we thought Rubens Barichello got better of team-mate Button for his first season at Honda ,Jenson pipped Rubens to take P2 in final seconds of final qualifying session.
Toyota drivers gave impression that they have finally sized up the circuit, they ended up with Ralf Schumacher at P6 and Trulli at P9.Renault & Mclaren surprisingly seemed listless in the qualifiers. Montoya’s started Saturday on bad note with team having to switch his engine from Melbourne GP to spare car as his regular car got a problem with the petrol supply, the fuel pressure. He was still to take P7 ahead of team-mate Räikkönen.
Question for tomorrow is whether Ferrari and Honda are light on fuel that put them on top grid positions. What is the strategy of Renault and Mclaren for the race or Will Ferrari finally end the 18 month winning run of Renault & Mclaren in front of Tifosi Fans.
01 M. Schumacher Ferrari 1:22.795
02 J. Button Honda 1:22.988
03 R. Barrichello Honda 1:23.242
04 F. Massa Ferrari 1:24.884
05 F. Alonso Renault 1:23.709
06 R. Schumacher Toyota 1:23.772
07 JP. Montoya McLaren 1:24.021
08 K. Räikkönen McLaren 1:24.158
09 J. Trulli Toyota 1:24.172
10 M. Webber Williams 1:24.795
11 G. Fisichella Renault 1:23.771
12 J. Villeneuve BMW 1:23.887
13 N. Rosberg Williams 1:23.966
14 D. Coulthard Red Bull 1:24.101
15 N. Heidfeld BMW 1:24.129
16 V. Liuzzi Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:24.520
17 C. Klien Red Bull 1:25.410
18 S. Speed Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:25.437
19 T. Monteiro Midland F1 1:26.820
20 C. Albers Midland F1 1:27.088
21 T. Sato Super Aguri 1:27.609
22 Y. Ide Super Aguri 1:29.282