Friday Qual times
Round 12: Germany: Qualification session 1
Driver Team Time Deficit Laps
1 Ralf Schumacher Williams 01:14.427 3
2 Juan Pablo Montoya Williams 01:14.673 +00:00.246 3
3 Jarno Trulli Renault 01:15.004 +00:00.577 3
4 Mark Webber Jaguar 01:15.030 +00:00.603 3
5 Fernando Alonso Renault 01:15.214 +00:00.787 3
6 Kimi Räikkönen McLaren 01:15.276 +00:00.849 3
7 Justin Wilson Jaguar 01:15.373 +00:00.946 3
8 Rubens Barrichello Ferrari 01:15.399 +00:00.972 3
9 Michael Schumacher Ferrari 01:15.456 +00:01.029 3
10 Olivier Panis Toyota 01:15.471 +00:01.044 3
11 David Coulthard McLaren 01:15.557 +00:01.130 3
12 Jenson Button BAR 01:15.754 +00:01.327 3
13 Heinz-Harald Frentzen Sauber 01:15.968 +00:01.541 3
14 Nick Heidfeld Sauber 01:15.985 +00:01.558 3
15 Cristiano da Matta Toyota 01:16.450 +00:02.023 3
16 Ralph Firman Jordan 01:17.044 +00:02.617 3
17 Giancarlo Fisichella Jordan 01:17.111 +00:02.684 3
18 Jos Verstappen Minardi 01:17.702 +00:03.275 3
19 Jacques Villeneuve BAR 1
20 Nicolas Kiesa Minardi 0
Ralf Schumacher led a Williams-dominated first qualifying session to claim provisional pole position for the German Grand Prix.
Schumacher and team-mate Juan Pablo Montoya were more than a second quicker than anyone else at Hockenheim to maintain Williams' recent renaissance.
Ralf, fourth man out on a dry track, clocked one minute 14.427 seconds - 0.246 secs quicker than the Colombian.
"The car was perfect, brilliantly balanced," said the younger Schumacher, who won at Hockenheim in 2001.
"The tyres were very good and we sorted out the small problems we had in the morning.
"I'm looking forward to the race. It's probably going to be hot and that suits our package."
The Renaults of Jarno Trulli and Spaniard Fernando Alonso were third and fifth respectively, sandwiching an impressive fourth placing from Mark Webber in a Jaguar.
Kimi Raikkonen, seven points adrift of Michael Schumacher in the drivers standings, took sixth with the reigning champion back in ninth behind Ferrari team-mate Rubens Barrichello.
Both were out-qualified by Britain's Justin Wilson, who continued his promising debut for Jaguar Racing by finishing in seventh spot.
The 6ft 3in Sheffield racer has joined Jaguar until the end of the season, but his early displays have already boosted his chances of retaining the seat full-time in 2004.
David Coulthard, who had set the quickest time in morning practice, could only manage 11th in the other McLaren.
Fellow Britons Jenson Button and Ralph Firman were 12th and 16th respectively.
Coulthard, who is confident of being retained by McLaren in 2004, was fractionally slower than the lap he clocked late in the first session.
Minardi's Danish rookie Nicolas Kiesa endured a nightmare debut, failing to get out of the pit lane at the end of the session.
He will start first in Saturday's decisive qualifying, followed immediately by Jacques Villeneuve, who spun his BAR at turn one on his flying lap.