British GP: Bridgestone race notes

Bridgestone shod Ferraris score valuable points in Britain Bridgestone runners Michael Schumacher and Rubens Barrichello finished sixth and seventh respectively in this afternoon's 60-lap British Grand Prix, adding three and two points each to...

Bridgestone shod Ferraris score valuable points in Britain

Bridgestone runners Michael Schumacher and Rubens Barrichello finished sixth and seventh respectively in this afternoon's 60-lap British Grand Prix, adding three and two points each to their respective points tallies.

Earlier in the weekend, the Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro pair had showed signs of being able to capitalise on a strong race performance but while they ran strongly, the pair will be disappointed to not have been pushing for podium positions today.

Nevertheless, Schumacher maintains his third place in the standings while Barrichello moves up a place from fifth to fourth equal. The Ferrari team still lies third in the constructors' championship with 74 points while McLaren and Renault have 87 and 102 points respectively.

Meanwhile, Jordan Grand Prix driver Tiago Monteiro finished another grand prix. The Portuguese driver has finished every race so far this year, a remarkable record for a driver in his debut year.

Indian teammate Narain Karthikeyan unfortunately was not so lucky, completing only ten laps of his team's home race due to an electrical failure. The Minardi team, however, will be pleased to have got both their cars home this weekend.

Hisao Suganuma, Technical Manager Bridgestone Motorsport:

"After promising signs earlier in the weekend of a strong race performance I am disappointed with today's results. The Ferrari cars were running near the front of the field but not really able to challenge the leaders."

"Monteiro has now completed his eleventh consecutive race and both Minardi cars crossed the finishing line which was good to see but we do need to go away with the data and information from all our teams today and see how we can improve things."

"We need to keep pushing our development forward. Track temperatures were a little higher today than earlier in the weekend but that was not unexpected."

Ross Brawn, Technical Director Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro:

"A disappointing race today. We came through practice and qualifying hoping it would all come together in the race but it was difficult. The drivers were reasonably happy with the cars but obviously we lacked pace."

"There were no particular problems. Michael got held up at the beginning of the race although I'm not sure if we would have been able to finish any further up. The whole package just wasn't quick enough."

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Michael Schumacher , Rubens Barrichello , Narain Karthikeyan , Ross Brawn , Tiago Monteiro
Teams Ferrari , McLaren , Minardi , Jordan