Michael Schumacher roared into pole position for the Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal, half a second ahead of brother Ralf. The Ferrari and Williams-BMW aces have set up the second all-Schumacher front row of the season, following their pairing in Brazil earlier this season. This was Schumacher's sixth pole in eight races this season and the 38th of the German's career.

David Coulthard had to settle for third place for McLaren, which he snatched from Jordan's Jarno Trulli in the dying seconds of the session. Eddie Irvine will start from 15th spot in his Jaguar Racing car while Jenson Button suffered another disappointing qualifying session to finish 20th for Benetton.

Although Michael Schumacher dominated the qualifying battle on the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, the Ferrari team suffered mixed fortunes. The session had to be stopped for four minutes when Barrichello's Ferrari smashed into a perimeter wall just before the home straight with around 20 minutes left. The Brazilian suddenly lost control after riding the kerb at the final chicane and his rear wing came off after his car scraped along the wall.

Barrichello had to sprint back to the pits as marshals red-flagged the session for the damaged car to be towed off the circuit while mechanics worked on setting up the spare car for him. The 29-year-old had suffered a blow in final practice when he was forced to park up with a mechanical problem. He was lying sixth before the brief stoppage but eventually finished fifth.

Local hero Jacques Villeneuve will start alongside Juan Pablo Montoya on the grid in an intriguing duel. The 30-year-old BAR driver who qualified ninth had to be held back from tenth-placed Montoya during yesterday's driver briefing after a clash in practice turned into a heated exchange.

Filed by Greg McKevitt