Ferrari fades at finish

Only Fernando Alonso in Malaysia has kept Michael Schumacher or Rubens Barrichello off pole position, but that run was ended at Monaco as both Ferrari drivers struggled with their rubber and ended up fifth and seventh on the grid for tomorrow's race

Ferrari fades at finish

Schumacher had been fastest in the first of the three sectors of the lap, but both he and Barrichello struggled towards the end of the lap, leaving the four-time World Champion to start the Grand Prix from behind the pair of Williams drivers, Kimi Raikkonen's McLaren and Jarno Trulli's Renault.

Schumacher said: "Obviously, I'm not happy with this result. I drove a lap that was error-free. Right from this morning we could see that we weren't as competitive in the second and third sectors. One explanation could be that over the course of the weekend the track has picked up more rubber and the performance level of the tyres over a single lap seems to have changed. However, this doesn't necessarily mean that the situation will be the same in the race."

"The car just wasn't fast enough," Barrichello explained. "Now we will see what level of fuel the cars ahead of us on the grid are carrying."

Team director Jean Todt was not a happy man when qualifying came to its conclusion, saying: "This was our least satisfactory result of the season so far, at a track where the grid position is very important. Of course, there's still a question mark over the amount of fuel the drivers have chosen to go to the start with. We'll only find out the truth during the race. However, if we can stay out on the track for longer, then we can be in the running right to the end."

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