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Schumi hits ‘half-century’

Suzuka, Oct. 12 (Reuters): Michael Schumacher seized the 50th pole position of his Formula One career on Saturday as Ferrari swept the front row for Sunday’s season-ending Japanese Grand Prix.

The final session of a championship dominated by the Italian team was halted for more than an hour after Briton Allan McNish’s Toyota veered out of control and crashed heavily backwards through the metal barriers.

The rear end was destroyed but the Scot was helped out of the smouldering wreckage unhurt in a testament to the strength of modern Grand Prix cars.

When the pit lane reopened, normal service was resumed with Schumacher sealing Ferrari’s 10th pole position, and his seventh, of the year and beating his Brazilian teammate Rubens Barrichello by 0.432 of a second.

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