MONZA, Italy, Sept 9 (Reuters) - McLarenís
Kimi Raikkonen dashed Michael Schumacherís hopes of pole
position for Ferrariís home Italian Grand Prix on Saturday.
The Finn pipped the seven times champion by just
Ferrariís Schumacher, in what will be his final
European appearance if he announces on Sunday that he is
retiring at the end of the season, lines up alongside on the
front row with title rival Fernando Alonso in fifth.
BMW Sauberís Nick Heidfeld was third quickest
and shares the second row with Ferrariís Brazilian Felipe Massa.
Alonso leads Schumacher by 12 points with four
Qualifying could have gone far worse for
Renaultís championship leader, who suffered a rear right tyre
failure during the final session and had to limp back to the
pits with the clock ticking down.