McLaren's KIMI RAIKKONEN has the pole position for the Spanish Grand Prix in Barcelona, with a combined qualifying time of 2min 31.421secs. His Saturday time was 1min 14.189secs, and Sunday's lap was 1min 16.602secs.

Second was MARK WEBBER, who sat out Friday's practice while the team beavered away solving exhaust valve problems on his car and that of his team-mate, NICK HEIDFELD. Current points leader, winner of the last race at Imola, and local lad, FERNANDO ALONSO will start third, much to the delight of the wildly enthusiastic Spanish fans.

Raikkonen was third fastest Saturday, behind provisional polesitter, JARNO TRULLI - the first-ever pole for Toyota - and Alonso. Trulli is five for five this season - qualifying in the top five for all five races. Alonso has one pole position so far this season. Sunday he starts fifth, behind team-mate RALF SCHUMACHER. Starting sixth is GIANCARLO FISICHELLA.

JUAN PABLO MONTOYA qualified seventh overall for the weekend, after surviving a big crash Saturday on his last qualifying lap. The rear end was destroyed but JPM walked away, none too happy. He starts seventh Sunday.

Last year's pole sitter/winner, MICHAEL SCHUMACHER, will start eighth. His qualifying track record of 1min 17.408secs still holds. Schumacher, 2004 FIA F1 World champion, been on pole for the previous four Spanish Grands Prix.

RUBENS BARRICHELLO and NICK HEIDFELD didn't bother qualifying - they had nothing to lose by remaining in their respective garages, because they both were penalized ten starting positions for engine changes. TIAGO MONTEIRO qualified fourteenth, but also moved to the back after an unscheduled engine change.

The weather was warm, sunny and sold out. The grandstands were a sea of blue, loud with cheers for national hero Alonso.

 

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