Schumacher closes on pole record
BUDAPEST, Hungary -- World champion Michael Schumacher captured Ferrari's first pole position of the Formula One season at the Hungarian GP in Budapest.
The German covered the twisty Hungaroring circuit, where he won last year to clinch his Italian team's sixth successive constructors' championship, in one minute 19.882 seconds.
It was the 64th pole position of the seven-times champion's phenomenal career, leaving him one short of the record set by the late Brazilian Ayrton Senna.
Renault's championship leader Fernando Alonso of Spain ran slightly wide at the last corner, kicking up dust, and qualified in a disappointing sixth position.
Schumacher will be joined on the front row by Colombian Juan Pablo Montoya in a McLaren.
Italian Jarno Trulli, in a Toyota, and McLaren's leading title contender Kimi Raikkonen shared the second row ahead of Toyota's Ralf Schumacher and Alonso.
Alonso leads Raikkonen by 36 points in the championship with six races remaining after Hungary.
Schumacher has struggled all season. Last year, he won a record 12th victory in Hungary.
He has just one win this season, a tainted one when he captured the United States Grand Prix when seven teams did not compete because of safety concerns over Michelin tires.
"We feel very delighted after a suffering period when things did not work in our favor," Schumacher said.
"I am pretty confident. There was no reason to not believe in Ferrari's return.
"It is one step in the right direction. Then we will see where we go from there," the German added.
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