Montoya Wins First Pole - Barely
July 28, 2001 | 1:10 P.M. EST
Juan Pablo Montoya is living by that old adage after edging Williams teammate Ralf Schumacher by .019 seconds to win his first career pole in Germany on Saturday.
“Everybody worked so hard for this,” Montoya said. “This proves again we have the right
package and that everyone at Williams F1, BMW and Michelin have been doing a great job. It was a good lap.
“Ralf ran me pretty close. He did four runs. I did three, and my second one went so well.”
Michael Schumacher will start third as he tries for his record-tying 51st career win in Formula One.
Mika Hakkinen, coming off his win in the Grand Prix of Great Britain, qualified third with his McLaren teammate David Coulthard fifth.
Ralf Schumacher held onto the pole for the majority of the qualifying session in front of his fellow Germans, but Montoya ripped off a track-record run of 1 minute, 38.117 seconds late in qualifying. Montoya’s lap time was just enough to take the pole, but it was more than six seconds quicker than Ruben Barrichello’s then-track record of 1:44.300. Barrichello will start sixth in the Grand Prix of Germany on Sunday.
Montoya and Ralf Schumacher gave Williams its first front-row sweep since the British Grand Prix in 1997.
“I am happy to be on the front row here as I have never qualified so far up the grid here in Hockenheim before,” Ralf Schumacher said. “It is a really good feeling to achieve this at my home grand prix.
“Today our car was quicker than the rest of the field due to a strong performance by the whole team. I hope we can continue like this in the race and finish first and second, but the race is going to be really tough in these temperatures.”
The rest of the Top 10 consists of the Saubers of Nick Heidfeld and Kimi Raikkonen in seventh and eighth; Jaguar’s Pedro de la Rosa in ninth; and Jordan’s Jarno Trulli in 10th.
Ricardo Zonta qualified 15th in his first appearance for Jordan as Heinz-Harald Frentzen’s replacement.
Former F1 champion Jacques Villeneuve qualified 12th for BAR.