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Schumi lapse gifts Barrichello pole

Silverstone, July 19 (Reuters): Brazil’s Rubens Barrichello seized pole position for Sunday’s British Grand Prix after a rare qualifying error on Saturday by Ferrari teammate Michael Schumacher. Schumacher, the winner last year, was comfortably inside Barrichello’s time when he went off at the exit to Abbey curve and slipped to fifth fastest.

It was Barrichello’s second pole of the season, after Brazil in April. He shares the front row with Italian Jarno Trulli in a Renault, with Kimi Raikkonen third quickest for McLaren ahead of Ralf Schumacher’s Williams.

Michael leads Raikkonen by eight points in the championship and Ralf by 11 with six races remaining including Sunday’s.

Schumacher shared the third row with Brazilian rookie Cristiano da Matta in a Toyota.

Colombian Juan Pablo Montoya will start on the fourth row alongside Spaniard Fernando Alonso in the second Renault.

Jaguar’s Brazilian rookie Antonio Pizzonia and Australian teammate Mark Webber were 10th and 11th, respectively.

Briton Jenson Button will start from the back of the field after parking up with a mechanical problem and failing to set a time.

Britain’s other hopes also disappointed, with none of them in the top half of the grid. McLaren’s David Coulthard was more than a second slower than Raikkonen, taking 12th place.

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