Pole man Michael wants dry race

Michael Schumacher is hoping for a dry race after brushing off a morning spin to start from pole for the first time at the British Grand Prix.

Pole man Michael wants dry race

The Ferrari ace grabbed his eighth top spot in 11 races, dashing David Coulthard's Friday hopes of leading the field. The Scot, his only realistic title rival, starts third behind his McLaren-Mercedes team mate Mika Hakkinen in second place.

"I'll take any conditions, but preferably dry, because the track is more consistent," said Schumacher after the two preparations days were lashed with bouts of rain. "We have seen how much rain we could have here. If there is too much rain there is too much aquaplaning and anything can happen."

He will take the lights from the ideal place to make his final step into history. If he wins at Silverstone for the second time in four years he will have equalled Alain Prost's eight-year-old record of 51 wins.

"It was a difficult and interesting session because there was a half hour when everyone decided to leave the pits to fit in their four runs," said Schumacher "It was quite entertaining.

"The timing monitors didn't work and we weren't getting the lap times, so we didn't know if we were fast or slow," he added. "It helps to know where you are so you can concentrate on improving."

Schumacher set pole despite aquaplaning off the circuit in free practice after the morning downpour. The German leads Coulthard in the title chase by 31 points, with a maximum of 70 up for grabs.

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