Ralf Schumacher takes pole position

Updated: 25 February 2007 08:48 IST

Ralf Schumacher surprised his brother Michael and took pole position for the Monaco Grand Prix, setting the fastest time ever on the famed street circuit.

Ralf Schumacher takes pole position

Monte Carlo:

Ralf Schumacher surprised his brother Michael and took pole position for the Monaco Grand Prix, setting the fastest time ever on the famed street circuit. It was only the second pole position for the younger Schumacher in his Williams-BMW, after he won qualifying for the French Grand Prix in 2001. Ralf was timed in 1 minute, 15.259 seconds on the twisting, 3.34-km course, averaging almost 160 kph. The circuit was redesigned in parts this year to allow more overtaking and subsequently higher speeds. Last year, Schumacher's Williams-BMW teammate Juan Pablo Montoya did 1:16.676 for the pole position. Michael Schumacher, looking to equal Ayrton Senna's record of six victories at Monaco, was fifth in 1:15.644. He had the fastest time in Thursday's pre-qualifying. After a rough start this season, Michael Schumacher, the five-time world champion, is now second in the driver standings, two points behind McLaren's Kimi Raikkonen. He can take over the lead with a victory, no matter what Raikkonen does on Sunday. Raikkonen clocked 1:15.295 and will start second, ahead of Montoya, who had 1:15.415. Jarno Trulli in a Renault was fourth at 1:15.500. Rubens Barrichello in the other Ferrari did 1:15.820 for only seventh, the worst collective starting positions for Ferrari this year. David Coulthard, who won the race here in 2000 and 2002, had just 1:15.700 in qualifying after going 1:14.747 in the Saturday morning practice. Last year, Coulthard was one of two-non-Ferrari drivers to capture a race as Schumacher and Barrichello took 15 of 17 races. (AP)

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