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F1 2005-style continues to surprise

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11/06/2005

First out for today's qualifying session will be Christian Klien, who returns to the Red Bull after an absence of three races, during which time Tonio Liuzzi partnered David Coulthard.

Next out will be Mark Webber, who was the first retirement at the Nurburgring. We're all aware that the WilliamsF1 Team has been experiencing problems with its starts this season, so this is bad news for the Australian, who currently has one of the best qualifying records for 2005.

After Webber, it will be Ralf, Friesacher and Albers. Last out will be European GP winner, Fernando Alonso, who will be preceded by Heidfeld, Barrichello, Coulthard and Michael.

In preparation for this weekend's race, the entire track has been re-surfaced, however, it was noticed that on Friday, sections of the track were breaking up. Consequently, overnight these bits of track were repaired with concrete and fresh tarmac, and this has resulted on making the track even more slippery than normal. Like the Hungaroring, the Montreal track sees little action other than the Grand Prix, therefore the track is dusty (slippery) at the best of times.

As Klien waits to begin his out lap, the air temperature is 33 degrees C, while the track temperature is 52 degrees.

The Austrian leaves the Red Bull garage, the session is underway.

At the first split, the Red Bull driver posts 22.0s, followed by a 24.9s at the second. At the line it's 1:18.249, which he is sure to be disappointed with.

Webber shouldn't have too much of a problem beating that, and sure enough at the first split he's already well up on the Austrian. He goes a little bit wide, appearing to push too hard, indeed he loses time to the Red Bull driver. At the line it's 1:17.749, a scrappy lap from the former Jaguar and Minardi driver.

Next out is Ralf Schumacher, who posts a 21.4 at the first split, he's already well up on Webber. At the second split it's 24.4 as he continues to maintain a good pace. The Toyota driver crosses the line at 1:16.362, a good lap form the German.

Patrick Friesacher is next out, the Minardi driver completing the first sector in 22.4, he's already a second down on Ralf. At the second split it's 25.5 as he continues to lose ground. He makes a big mistake at the chicane and is lucky not to clout the 'champions wall. He crosses the line at 1:19.574.

Last out, before the first break, is Albers. The Dutch driver completes the first sector in 22.0s, the Minardi all over the place, it's a real handful. At the second split it's 25s, followed by a 1:18.214 at the line, which puts him ahead of Klien, a very good lap, under the circumstances.

Next out is Narain Karthikeyan, who is under pressure from team boss Colin Kolles to raise his game. The Indian has already had a number of moments this weekend. At the first split he posts 22.2, followed by a 25.2s at the second, he's down on Albers. At the line it's 1:18.664, which puts him fifth of six.

Teammate Tiago Monteiro is next out, he is getting better and better as the season progresses. At the first split the Portuguese driver posts 22.4, he's down on his teammate but it's marginal. At the second split it's 25.2s, followed by a 1:19.034 at the line.

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