Weather jumbles the order again 04 Apr 2003
Mark Webber and Jaguar Racing will be the final runners in qualifying tomorrow after the Australian made the most of a late improvement in the weather conditions to snatch the overnight pole position for Sunday's Brazilian Grand Prix.
Earlier in the session Rubens Barrichello had likewise made maximum use of reasonable, but still wet, conditions to put his Ferrari on pole with 1m 23.249s. This beat McLaren drivers Kimi Raikkonen and David Coulthard, and Juan Pablo Montoya, who had tried too hard and slithered off the road in Turn Six. It then withstood Alonso's attack before more rain killed Michael Schumacher's chance of going quicker.
Jenson Button was another to suffer after putting a wheel on a white line. The Briton spun and when his BAR Honda lost its rear wing the session was momentarily halted so the debris could be cleared.
Meanwhile the rain stopped, so conditions had improved in time for Webber, the penultimate runner. "The guys came on the radio afterwards and told me I was on pole," the Australian said. "I just thought it was okay, but Olivier Panis still had to run."
The Frenchman, however, made only a cautious run, leaving Webber on pole. "We're really happy. It was a good lap and really enjoyable, and the guys are pretty excited."
Further rain is forecast for tomorrow.