Schumacher Takes Pole in Monaco Grand Prix

Published June 3rd, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Germany's Michael Schumacher took pole position for the Monaco Grand Prix by posting the fastest time in Saturday's qualifying. 

It was the 25th pole for him in his career and second this season in his Ferrari. 

Schumacher clocked the 3.367-kilometre circuit in 1min 19.475sec after Jarno Trulli had led the moment, but finished the session in second place with a great lap of 1min 1:19.764 with Scotland's David Coulthard third in a McLaren-Mercedes, 1:19.888. 

Another German Heinz-Harald Frentzen was fourth in the other Jordan, posting 1:19.961 while Finland's Mika Hakkinen, the two-time world champion, was just fifth, registering 1:20.241 in his McLaren-Mercedes.  

Hakkinen, who took the first three pole positions of the season was fortunate to come in fifth with his final run. 

He was stranded in 17th place with 1 time of 1:21.991 with 10 minutes left in the session. On a fast lap he was forced to abort when Pedro de la Rosa banged the barrier at the Rascasse curve and stopped on the track.  

Hakkinen had to enter the pits quickly and the team had to get the car ready in less than three minutes to beat the one-hour time limit.  

He was able to get out of the pits in but was unable to come close to Schumacher. 

Schumacher has won four of the last six races on the tight street circuit of the principality, including last year's – (Several Sources)

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