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Alonso on pole for home Spanish Grand Prix

Written by: Staff

BARCELONA, May 13 (Reuters) Formula One world champion Fernando Alonso took pole position for his home Spanish Grand Prix today with team mate Giancarlo Fisichella completing an all-Renault front row.

Ferrari's seven times champion Michael Schumacher, winner of the last two races, qualified third with his Brazilian team mate Felipe Massa alongside.

Alonso's second pole in a row, and 11th of his career, left him perfectly placed to become the first Spaniard to win his home race.

Alonso leads Schumacher by 13 points in the championship after five rounds.

Brazilian Rubens Barrichello was fifth fastest for Honda and starts on the third row with Germany's Ralf Schumacher in a Toyota.

Briton David Coulthard will start his 200th grand prix from the back row after he crashed in the first qualifying session.

The Red Bull driver spun, skidded off the track backwards and careered across the gravel and into the tyre barrier, leaving his car's right rear wheel dangling off.

Canadian Jacques Villeneuve, the 1997 world champion for Williams, will start last after losing 10 places due to an unscheduled engine change. The BMW Sauber driver qualified 14th.

Reuters DH RN1911

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