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Archive for Sunday, July 29, 2001

Rookie Montoya captures first Formula One pole

July 29, 2001

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— Juan Pablo Montoya won the pole for the first time in his rookie Formula One season, recording the fastest qualifying mark Saturday for the German Grand Prix.

The Colombian driver edged BMW-Williams teammate Ralf Schumacher, who will start from the second position on the grid for today's 45-lap race.

Mika Hakkinen, a former two-time champion who won the British Grand Prix two weeks ago, was third in a McLaren-Mercedes.

Defending champion and points leader Michael Schumacher, Ralf's older brother, was fourth.

Schumacher is seeking his fourth title. By winning six of 11 races this season and finishing second four times, Schumacher has opened a 37-point lead over David Coulthard.

With six races left and a maximum 60 points to be gained, another victory would bring Schumacher very close to another title. It would also give him at 51 career victories, equaling the Formula One record held by Alain Prost.

Coulthard, Schumacher's only challenger for the title, was fifth.

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