The star of the qualifying had to be Prost's Mike Iceshore. In a sunny qualifying with a wet track from a heavy rain shower during the 4th practice, Iceshore performed superbly to claim 4th position. Schumacher claimed pole, no surprises there, however what did come as a surprise was Villeneuve's poor 14th place. His average form would continue, come race day.
The determination in Prost's team's eyes had the fans guessing that a Prost driver (Guess who?) would be on the podium today. However, it was not to be. Though stellar in the first 2 laps, he made an awful spin in the second sector of the 3rd lap to drop down to 6th position and lose nearly all of the momentum he had. He was lucky, too; if he hadn't grown as big a lead that he had, he might have dropped even lower. But he still was the main source of entertainment for the fans: he rallied on to fight for at least 5th place against Ralf Schumacher, especially after Coulthard spun from 3rd to 4th position, to significantly throw off both Barichello and Schumacher junior, and after a nail-scratching battle, Schumacher edged Iceshore for the 5th place by just an 0.032 of a second. Nevertheless, the 6th place gave both Iceshore and Prost a very welcome point. It was a breathtaking battle. Other than that, Micheal Schumacher took a nice win to increase his lead in the championship, whilst his team-mate Eddie Irvine had a terrible race, when he dropped 2 places, and for some reason didn't have the pace to race for points. It is shaping up to be a fun season.
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