Saturday April 22nd, 2000
Barrichello Takes His First Pole for Ferrari
Rubens Barrichello timed his pitch for pole position just perfectly on the drying Silverstone track to claim his first pole for Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro, the third of his career, all set in similar changing conditions. "I like these conditions and I know Silverstone well. The team gave me a good car and we timed the final laps just right. I was lucky not to have any traffic. If it rains for the race, it will be a big help to start from the pole regarding problems of visibility."
A disappointed Michael Schumacher had to make do with the third row of the grid and fifth place. Like everyone he waited until the last possible moment to take advantage of the driest track conditions , but got the chequered flag just metres before the start of his final flying lap where he had been hoping to take pole. He had also made a last minute change to his car which did not work as he had hoped, prompting a couple of mistakes on his best lap.
Frentzen Shares the Front Row
Heinz-Harald Frentzen was knocked of the pole in the closing seconds of practice, but was never-the-less delighted to take the second position on the grid for Jordan's home race. "We have made some changes to the car for this race which have not had the chance to test properly, but seem to work quite well," said Frentzen. Getting a clear lap at the right moment was like flipping a coin. I was lucky and had a clear lap," he added. Jarno Trulli had his quick lap spoiled by a Williams , and then lost any chances of matching his team-mate's time with a spin on his final lap. It meant that he ended up a distant 11th quickest.
McLaren Take Row Two
A bad set-up for the drying conditions prevented Mika Hakkinen taking his fourth pole in four races. " I went out for a final two lap run. I made a mistake on my first quick lap and slowed up and I had to lift off in a couple of places on my next lap. We have to look at the data to find out what was wrong with the car," said Hakkinen , who still predicted a good race if he made a good start. Coulthard was also frustrated, traffic spoiling both of his final flying laps.
Button Delighted to be Sixth
"It's a great feeling to be starting my home race next to Michael Schumacher," said Jenson Button who took a creditable sixth fastest for Williams, He was just ahead of his own team- mate Ralf Schumacher, victim, like his brother, of bad timing when it came to his final laps.
Jos Verstappen briefly held the pole in the dying minutes of the session, but ended up eighth for Arrows after he spun off in his final lap. De la Rosa also made a mistake on his final run which left him back in 19th place.
Eddie Irvine made the top 10 for Jaguar with ninth place, but was another to lose his chances of a better lap when he missed the flag by 5 seconds.