DC confident of grabbing British GP pole

David Coulthard believes he can grab pole position for the British Grand Prix to boost his chances of a Silverstone hat-trick - but the Scot said he is confident he can still depart as victor on Sunday even if he is forced to start from the second row

DC confident of grabbing British GP pole

Coulthard's mood was boosted as he and his McLaren team mate topped the Friday practice times with the Finn at the top of the list - but DC was less than a tenth of a second behind.

World championship leader Michael Schumacher's Ferrari was fourth with team mate Rubens Barrichello third - and both were seven-tenths of a second slower than the McLarens. Schumacher, however, did not go for a time in the second hour-long session.

Coulthard desperately needs to win the 11th round of the championship to cut Schumacher's 31-point lead. But he admitted he had not ruled out the possibility that Ferrari could solve any problems it may have overnight and produce another magical performance to annexe the front row.

"I feel upbeat about our practice performance," said the Scot, who has won this race for the last two years. "But the thing at the back of my mind is what surprise can Ferrari produce in qualifying?

"I believe it is possible we could be setting the pace around here, but I would not be surprised if Ferrari go out in qualifying and produce something special. I feel more upbeat than in France. I can win here from the second row, but the front row would be better."

Coulthard will become only the second man to win this race three years on the trot if he triumphs on Sunday. Fellow Scot Jim Clark triumphed four times in a row in the 1960s and five times in all.

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