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Montoya Takes Pole for British GP

July 6, 2002

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SILVERSTONE, England (AP) _ Juan Pablo Montoya claimed his fourth straight pole in qualifying Saturday for the British Grand Prix.

The BMW Williams’ driver clocked a time of 1 minute, 18.998 seconds on his final lap. It was the fifth pole of the season and eighth of Montoya’s career.

Montoya has been on the pole for the last three events but has failed to finish those races. He crashed once and had two engine failures. He is also winless this season going into the 10th race of the year.

``I’ll be happy to get to the end of the race and get some more points because I haven’t scored any points lately,″ said the Colombian, who last won points in the May 2 Austrian GP by finishing third.

``Of course I want to win the race, but first you’ve got to finish.″

Montoya grabbed the pole on his final lap, bumping Ferrari’s Ruben Barrichello and Michael Schumacher from a 1-2 finish.

Barrichello qualified second in 1:19.032 and was followed by teammate Schumacher in 1:19:042.

``It was a big surprise to be honest,″ Montoya said. ``I was really expecting to be on the second row.″

The next three were Ralf Schumacher of Williams, Kimi Raikkonen of McLaren and teammate David Coulthard.

Michael Schumacher, who holds a 46-point lead in the season title chase, has not started from the pole since the Spanish Grand Prix on April 28.

Schumacher, closing in on a record-tying fifth season title, has six victories and 76 points in nine races. He has also finished second twice and has been third in one race.

Ralf Schumacher has 30 points, followed by Montoya (27). Barrichello and Coulthard each have 26.

Ferrari leads the constructors’ race with 102, far ahead of Williams (57) and McLaren (37).

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