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F1: Qualifying times - Bahrain Grand Prix.

Qualifying times - Bahrain Grand Prix.

1. Michael Schumacher Germany Ferrari-Ferrari 01:31.431
2. Felipe Massa Brazil Ferrari-Ferrari 01:31.478
3. Jenson Button Britain Honda-Honda 01:31.549
4. Fernando Alonso Spain Renault-Renault 01:31.702
5. Juan Pablo Montoya Colombia McLaren-Mercedes 01:32.164
6. Rubens Barrichello Brazil Honda-Honda 01:32.579
7. Mark Webber Australia Williams-Cosworth 01:33.006
8. Christian Klien Austria Red Bull-Ferrari 01:33.112
9. Giancarlo Fisichella Italy Renault-Renault 01:33.495
10. Nick Heidfeld Germany BMW Sauber 01:33.926
11. Jacques Villeneuve Canada BMW Sauber 01:32.456
12. Nico Rosberg Germany Williams-Cosworth 01:32.620
13. David Coulthard Britain Red Bull-Ferrari 01:32.650
14. Jarno Trulli Italy Toyota-Toyota 01:33.066
15. Vitantonio Liuzzi Italy Toro Rosso-Cosworth 01:33.416*
16. Scott Speed American Toro Rosso-Cosworth 01:34.606*
17. Ralf Schumacher Germany Toyota-Toyota 01:34.702
18. Christijan Albers Holland Midland-Toyota 01:35.724
19. Tiago Monteiro Portugal Midland-Toyota 01:35.900
20. Takuma Sato Japan Super Aguri-Honda 01:37.411
21. Yuji Ide Japan Super Aguri-Honda 01:40.270
22. Kimi Raikkonen Finland McLaren-Mercedes no time

all times unofficial
[* denotes restricted V10 engine]

Top ten times determined in third and final 20-minute session; remaining drivers eliminated six at a time in two previous 15-minute sessions

Schumacher is now tied with Ayrton Senna with 65 pole positions.
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Raikkonen first victim of KO qualifying.

Kimi Raikkonen became the first big name victim of Formula One's new-look qualifying session, after a suspension failure on his McLaren ended his hopes of progression before the Finn had even set a time.

McLaren had left it late before sending either of its drivers out for their qualifying run - despite there being no lap limit in place - and Raikkonen was still on his warm-up lap when the right rear suspension broke, smashing the rear wing off the MP4-21 and sending the Finn into a long looping spin. Although he managed to keep the car out of the barriers and, remarkably, return it to the pits with the right rear still attached but running at 90 degrees to usual, there were just under five minutes left in the 15-minute session and Raikkonen was out of contention.

The rest of the field was split almost equally into those who had completed at least one flying lap and those that had no time on the board, prompting a rush for the pit exit as soon as the red flag covering the clean-up operation was lifted. For those with nothing in the bank, there was just time for one flying lap, adding to the pressure, while those on the brink from earlier in the session would need to consider their options or face the axe.

In the circumstances, it was no surprise to see a queue forming up at the end of the pit-lane, with the ensuing problem of traffic that it brought with it. The jockeying for position was largely overcome by the pace of the frontrunning cars, but Ralf Schumacher joined Raikkonen on the sidelines after failing to lift his Toyota out of the bottom six.

They will be accompanied as spectators by the more expected figures of Christijan Albers, Tiago Monteiro, Yuji Ide and Takuma Sato, with Monteiro and Sato not even attempting to improve their mark in the final minutes. The Midland team, however, is sure to question just how Scuderia Toro Rosso managed to get its restricted V10-powered cars into round two.
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All Ferrari front row in Bahrain
11 March 2006

Michael Schumacher equalled the late Ayrton Senna’s record for pole positions when he took his 65th here in Bahrain this afternoon during Formula One racing’s first knockout qualifying session. Fellow Ferrari racer Felipe Massa will start alongside him, with Honda’s Jenson Button and Renault world champion Fernando Alonso on row two.

The afternoon began with a disaster for Kimi Raikkonen and McLaren. The Finn had just set the fastest first sector time with four and a half minutes of the first 15 minute session remaining, when his McLaren suffered a combination of rear wing failure and right rear suspension failure (it was unclear which came first) and spun luridly to a halt. As the session was red flagged, Raikkonen was able to drive back to the pits with the right rear wheel dragging on the track, but was clearly through for the day. The 22nd place on the grid had been decided.

With only four minutes remaining when the session restarted, everyone went out and it was all down to where you were in the traffic order. Alonso banged in fastest time from Button, Giancarlo Fisichella and Nico Rosberg, but at the back the unlucky ones were a very unhappy Ralf Schumacher, Christijan Albers, Tiago Monteiro, Yuji Ide and Takuma Sato, who did not get out for the restart. Raikkonen, of course, was out of action.

The second session was less eventful, with only Nico Rosberg spinning away his chances in Turn 10. Renault timed things perfectly to send Alonso and Fisichella out with two and three-quarter minutes left to set first and third fastest times. Montoya was second, then came Nick Heidfeld, Massa, Schumacher, Button, Christian Klien, Mark Webber and Barrichello.

Thus were determined the final 10 runners.

Most of them went out with reasonable fuel loads and kept going, only coming in to change to fresher tyres for their last efforts. When it mattered it was Schumacher who pushed his way to the front with 1m 31.431s, but Massa was close on 1m 31.478s. Button’s effort came up with 1m 31.549s, and Alonso clawed his way to fourth on 1m 31.702s only right at the end. That displaced Montoya, who had lapped his McLaren in 1m 32.164s.

They were the drivers who hogged the limelight. Barrichello seemed subdued in sixth on 1m 32.579s, as was Webber in 1m 33.006s for Williams. Klien kept it tidy for 1m 33.112s, while Fisichella never really got the lap he was looking for with 1m 33.496s. Heidfeld was on for better than his eventual 10th best 1m 33.926s, but made a slight error that proved costly.

So Schumacher is the poleman, even though he did not match Alonso’s second-session best of 1m 31.215s. Now we have to wait for the race to figure out the respective fuel loads and put it all into its true perspective.
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Michael Schumacher Germany Ferrari-Ferrari 01:31.431

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Don't know how you all feel!
But this new qualifying is pretty damn cool......
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Don't know how you all feel!
But this new qualifying is pretty damn cool......
Seems like working for Ferrari and Bridgestones... :
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