posted on Mar, 20 2004 @ 08:10 AM
Schumacher screamed to the 57th pole position of his illustrious career with a "mind-blowing" lap which smashed the Sepang qualifying lap record by
over two seconds.
Schumacher's screaming lap of one minute 33.074 seconds left his effort of 1:35.220secs, set when securing pole in 2001, looking pale in comparison.He
finished more than half a second ahead of Australia's Mark Webber who secured a front row start for the first time in his career with an equally
impressive display, clocking 1:33.715 to prompt cheers in the Jaguar garage.Schumacher's Ferrari team-mate Rubens Barrichello completed his best lap
of the weekend in a time of 1:33.756 despite not being altogether comfortable with his car to claim third place, with the Williams of Juan Pablo
Montoya (1:34.054) alongside him in fourth.Spain's Fernando Alonso, who claimed pole position here last year and went quickest in the preliminary
session, spun off the track at turn 13 and will start from the back of the grid.But all eyes were on the front row, where Schumacher had once again
stamped his authority on the world of Formula One and Webber underlined his status as one of the sport's rising stars.