Mon, Oct 23, 2006 - Page 20 News List

Local hero Massa grabs pole position for Brazilian GP

DPA , SAO PAULO, BRAZIL

Felipe Massa drives his Ferrari during qualifying at the Interlagos racetrack in Sao Paulo on Saturday.

PHOTO: AFP

Ferrari's Felipe Massa took pole position on Saturday for yesterday's Brazilian Grand Prix, beating Kimi Raikkonen in a McLaren-Mercedes into second place.

There was disappointment for seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher who will retire at the end of the race -- the final of the 18-race season.

The German, who two weeks ago saw his title ambitions all but blow up in smoke when his engine blew while he was leading the Japanese Grand Prix, suffered a further setback as he qualified 10th.

Schumacher, who posted the fastest time in the second session of qualifying, developed a car problem on his warm-up lap in the third session and had to limp back to the pits.

The Ferrari driver needs to win the race and hope that defending champion Fernando Alonso fails to finish in the top eight to win an unprecedented eighth title.

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