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Bahrain GP: Schumacher equals Senna's record

Ferrari's Schumacher secured pole, while Kimi retired from qualifying.

india Updated: Mar 11, 2006 19:22 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India

Ferrari's Michael Schumacher secured pole position on Saturday for the season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix, while McLaren Mercedes' Kimi Raikkonen retired from qualifying before he could complete a lap and will start from the back of the grid.

Schumacher's 65th pole tied Ayrton Senna's record and led a Ferrari 1-2 for Sunday's race - 57 laps on the 5.417-kilometer Bahrain International Circuit.

The German's new teammate, 24-year-old Felipe Massa, was second.

Raikkonen, one of the favorites this season after finishing second in last year's championship, completed the first sector in the fastest time but lost a wing 10 minutes into the first qualifying session.

He lost control of the car, which spun off, briefly went airborne and lost his right rear wheel, which remained attached to the car by wheel tethers. He drove back to the pit on three wheels.

Last season, Raikkonen had several engine failures, which lowered his points tally and contributed to his finishing second to Fernando Alonso. Raikkonen was moved down the grid four times in nine races, and led three races before his car failed, once on the final lap.

First Published: Mar 11, 2006 19:20 IST