Barrichello content with second place

Rubens Barrichello denied he was disappointed after missing out on pole by just 0.027s in qualifying for the Italian Grand Prix

Barrichello content with second place

The Brazilian came within a whisker of displacing Ferrari team mate Michael Schumacher but was delayed by a Jordan on his fastest lap.

The battle for pole was always an exclusively-Ferrari affair, with the advantage switching between the two drivers throughout the session. The end result was a glorious front row lockout for the team's home crowd, the first all-Ferrari front row at Monza since Jean Alesi and Gerhard Berger achieved the feat in 1994.

"No driver is ever happy with second because there is just one to go but being on the first row is an achievement and to be first and second in front of our fans is brilliant," said Barrichello.

"It's no excuse but if it wasn't for a Jordan getting in the way I could have had a chance to have a go for pole. But I am happy with second place."

The Brazilian was relieved to be back on the pace after two low-key races since his victory in the German Grand Prix.

"I had really good qualifying and I thought I could put everything together and maybe get pole but I can't complain because I am on the front row," he said.

"All the various developments we have done mean we have made a big step
forward with the car and I feel much more comfortable with it now."

For full qualifying results, click here.

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