Sao Paulo, April/ 10/ 1999 1999 BRAZILIAN GRAND PRIX - QUALIFYING Barrichello thrills home crowd with magnificent third place on the grid Despite the incident involving Brazilian newcomer Ricardo Zonta, who injured his left foot and was...
Sao Paulo, April/ 10/ 1999 1999 BRAZILIAN GRAND PRIX - QUALIFYING
Barrichello thrills home crowd with magnificent third place on the grid
Despite the incident involving Brazilian newcomer Ricardo Zonta, who injured his left foot and was unable to take part in the qualifying session, the enthusiastic local crowd at Interlagos was more than happy with a giant-killing performance from Rubens Barrichello and his Stewart-Ford. Born and trained closed to this circuit, the popular 26 year old will start his home Grand Prix from third place on the grid, just behind the McLarens of Mike Hakkinen and David Coulthard. After being in contention for third place, Michael Schumacher had to be satisfied with fourth place. With unpredictable weather in the Sao Paulo area, the race promises to be one of great excitement.
Yoshihiko Ichikawa, Bridgestone Motorsport Technical Manager: "Congratulations to Rubens on his third position and for providing the excitement in reinforcing his position when competing with Schumacher to be just behind the McLarens. It was very difficult to evaluate which specification of tyre to select today because of the unstable weather. Some of our drivers chose hard and others soft. The ones on soft rubber have accepted the risk of degradation if the weather is hot. If it rains, hard wet tyres should be the reasonable choice."
Adrian Newey, West McLaren Mercedes Technical Director: "Today's result was positive for us as the cars behaved well all the time. It is difficult to evaluate the likely situation for tomorrow as the weather is unpredictable. While I must say I would prefer to be racing in dry conditions, yesterday we discovered that in wet-to-dry conditions it is possible to stay on the wet tyres. Last year the intermediate tyres were immediately required in a similar situation."
Gary Anderson, Stewart Grand Prix, Technical Director: "Although in Australia we had some difficulties finding a good balance on soft tyres, here we were able to work with the tyres in the best possible way and the result of this work is Rubens' third position on the grid. Beside the instability of the weather conditions, we believe we were able to choose the more suitable compound for the race. The soft compound has allowed us to find a good balance in our car. Due to the fact that we have been testing a lot in Barcelona with this specification we have probably gathered the experience which is useful here in Interlagos. As far as wear is concerned, Barcelona is probably at least as severe on the tyres as here."
TEMPERATURES AIR TRACK WEATHER Morning 20:-22: 24:-28:Cloudy - dry Afternoon 21:-21: 30:-29:Cloudy - dry