Michael Schumacher will have his worst starting position of the season at the Monaco Grand Prix in Monte Carlo, where he will be trying to win his sixth straight Formula One race.
Jarno Trulli of Italy captured the pole position yesterday -- the first pole of his career -- while Schumacher had the fifth-fastest qualifying time.
The six-time world champion was bidding for a 60th first place on the grid, but instead will start on the second row today. Previously this season, he had four poles and one second.
"It is going to be much tougher -- traffic, start, a much more critical environment," Schumacher said. "We are not very happy about where we are starting from, but we will still do the race and try our best."
Added Trulli: "For once, he is not on the front row. For once, I am."
Schumacher is trying to set a Formula One record for victories to start the season and equal the best winning streak in a season at six. Alberto Ascari won the last six races in 1952 and added three more at the start of 1953.
Schumacher has a perfect 50 points in five races. Ferrari teammate Rubens Barrichello is second in the standings at 32, with Jenson Button third at 24.
Trulli powered his Renault around the winding, narrow streets of Monaco in 1 minute 13.985 seconds. His previous best qualifying in Monaco was in 2000, when he was second on the grid.
"I have been chasing it for quite a long time," Trulli said. "We have done a good job the last few weeks to improve the car and especially the car handling. Here in Monaco it is definitely what you need."
Ralf Schumacher was second in 1:14.345, but will start 10 places back because his Williams-BMW blew an engine earlier in the race weekend. Button, in a BAR-Honda, was third fastest in 1:14.396. He will start on the front row.
* IRL: Sebastien Bourdais captured the pole for the Monterrey (Mexico) Grand Prix by breaking his own track record with a lap time of 1 minute 13.915 seconds, one of six drivers to break the old record.
Bourdais, who won the provisional pole Friday, also set a record with an average speed of 102.474. Mario Dominguez of Mexico finished second, earning the best start of his career with a fast lap of 1:14.343.
Rookie Justin Wilson finished third after driving his lap in 1:14.354. . . .
Thiago Medeiros wanted to push his car to the limit right away in the Infiniti Freedom 100 in Indianapolis. The windy conditions and changes to his car's setup forced him to back off -- just a bit.
Once he adjusted, Medeiros made winning look easy. He led 35 of 40 laps in the Infiniti Freedom 100, defeating Jeff Simmons by 0.16 second under caution.
"I drove the car to the limit," Medeiros said. "I don't care if it's on two wheels, three wheels or four wheels, I like to drive the car."
Medeiros, a Brazilian driving for Sam Schmidt Motorsports, has had few peers this year in the Menards Infiniti Pro Series.
Yesterday's victory was his second straight, following an easy win at Phoenix when he lapped the field. He also finished second in the series' only other race, to rookie Phil Giebler, at Homestead, Fla., and retained his hold on the points lead.