Ralf Schumacher said that he wasn't too worried not to be on pole for the German Grand Prix, despite having been pipped by Williams team-mate Juan Pablo Montoya.

The German looked to be heading towards his second career F1 top spot, having comfortably seen off the challenges from McLaren and Ferrari, but had not reckoned on the pace of his Colombian partner, who went to take pole by a scant 0.019secs.

"Each of the races I have done here turned out to be different," explained an unconcerned Schumacher, "Anything can happen but, usually, if you're on pole, you are first into the first corner and, if you're on second, you go second. We'll find out tomorrow how it is. The race is pretty long so anything can happen."

Nevertheless disappointed not to have improved his own time with his final runs, the German was able to explain why he wasn't on pole.

"I lost out a bit in the stadium today but, on the last two runs, I had traffic on one, and, on the other, I had a yellow flag," he reported, "For sure, it was tough qualifying between us today. We have the first row for the team, so everything is possible for the two of us."

Timing also played a part in his downfall.

"For the first run, we thought that we didn't have the time in case we needed to go to the scales or whatever, and that was a
wrong decision by us," he allowed, "Nobody could do much about the yellow flag at the end, though."

Asked how it felt to be on his first ever pole, Montoya admitted that it was a pleasant feeling.

"It feels really good," he smiled, "We worked really hard. Everything went really well. I'm very pleased for myself, for all my mechanics and everybody in the team, engineers and everybody who worked so hard for this. It feels really good."

He was also surprised at the extent he and Schumacher had dominated the session.

"The car is really good, but it's surprising Michael [Schumacher] didn't go quicker, because he went really quick in the first session and really surprised me," he said, "I'm really surprised how much quicker we went in qualifying. We were pushing really hard. I was really pleased because, on the last run, I was coming two-tenths off from my second sector and they told me to back off because Ralf had already crossed the line.

"[I wasn't expecting to be] dominant, but we knew we would be really competitive. We did a lot of changes from overnight, and we played around a bit with the car to try and make it go well in the curves. It's working really well."

 

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