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Barrichello Lands Pole Position for Hungarian Grand Prix

American Government Special Collections Reference Desk

Open Wheel Racing Topics:  Hungarian Grand Prix

Barrichello Lands Pole Position for Hungarian Grand Prix

VOA Sports
Voice of America
August 17, 2002

Brazilian Formula One driver Rubens Barrichello has grabbed the pole for Sunday's Hungarian Grand Prix by edging out Ferrari teammate and five-time world champion Michael Schumacher of Germany.

Barrichello drove around the four-kilometer course at Budapest, .06 faster than Schumacher in Saturday's qualifying session.  Schumacher is hoping for a record 10th victory in a single season.

His younger brother Ralf will start in the third position after trailing Michael by more than a third of a second in qualifying.

Williams-BMW teammate Juan Pablo Montoya of Colombia joins the younger Schumacher in the second row on the starting grid.

Defending champion Bruno Junqueira has overcome a final lap accident to win the pole for Sunday's running of the CART Motorola 220 Indy car race at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin.

Junqueira completed the more than six-kilometer course in just over 1:42 minutes for an average speed of more than 229 kilometers per hour.

The Brazilian was not injured in the final lap crash and because officials did not stop the qualifying, he was allowed to keep the time he set earlier in the session.

Toyota-Lola teammate Cristiano da Matta will start beside Junqueira on the front row by virtue of having the fastest time in Friday's first qualifying round.

Alex Tagliani of Ford-Cosworth-Reynard had the second fastest time in Saturday's qualifying but will start on the inside of the second row.  Canadian Paul Tracy will start in the fourth position.

Da Matta's points for winning the provisional pole Friday give him a 28-point-lead over Patrick Carpentier in the championship standings.  Da Matta has won seven of the last 13 CART races this season.

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