posted on Apr, 24 2004 @ 01:50 PM
On Sunday Jenson Button
has the chance to ensure a fairytale weekend has a fairytale ending.Button posted the fastest lap seen at Imola to secure the first pole position of
his Formula One career, and the first for BAR, for Sunday's San Marino Grand Prix.
The English BAR driver became the first man this season to beat Michael Schumacher in qualifying with a time of one minute 19.753 seconds. Williams
driver Juan Pablo Montoya was third fastest, ahead of the second Ferrari of Rubens Barrichello and Ralf Schumacher's Williams. David Coulthard was
11th fastest after another poor day for McLaren. Button went out third from last and his pace forced Michael Schumacher into making a mistake on his
lap.The world champion ran wide at the Variante Alta chicane, costing himself half a second, and he ended up 0.258secs off pole.The six-times world
champion insisted even if he had not made such an error he still would not have beaten Button, who later posed for photographers with fiancee Louise
Griffiths, both of whom were snapped with a 'number one' finger salute.It was perhaps appropriate for the time, but also slightly premature as every
driver knows it is race wins that matter, although Button appreciates such a prospect is in his hands.