British GP Ferrari Friday notes

Rubens Barrichello: "The track conditions are slightly different to those we experienced at the test here last month. In the first hour today, the car's braking was not quite right, but in the break we did a lot of work and this afternoon's times...

Rubens Barrichello:
"The track conditions are slightly different to those we experienced at the test here last month. In the first hour today, the car's braking was not quite right, but in the break we did a lot of work and this afternoon's times show we have made good progress. I am fairly optimistic for the rest of the weekend and I think we will be very competitive."

Michael Schumacher:
"It was the usual Friday job list. The car was handling pretty well and to be honest I would have preferred to have had a longer run in the rain at the end of the session to evaluate the rain tyres. I think we can expect variable weather conditions through the weekend, which will make life tough, especially as McLaren looks strong. It won't be easy, but I expect that in this race we will see only two teams fighting for the win and not three as has been the case recently. We know we have a good car and that we are competitive. I am not thinking about the 51 wins, but certainly I feel on top form at the moment."

Ross Brawn:
"I see we are enjoying a nice English summer's day today! As usual on a Friday we did the normal tyre evaluation work. The results are quite interesting. Right at the end, Michael did one lap on wet tyres, which has given us a little bit of information about the performance of the rain tyres. It was just a normal day: no problems, nothing special."

Jean Todt:
"Given that the weather forecast predicted rain for the afternoon, we opted to work on evaluating tyre choice right from the start of the morning. We also worked on preparing the car for the race, looking to find the best set-up. I would say that in this area, there is still room for improvement. Tomorrow morning, we will start to look at qualifying preparation and I expect the afternoon contest to feature the usual contenders."

Luca di Montezemolo, President, Ferrari
"This weekend, in Silverstone, England, is the time to celebrate a very significant moment in our history. Fifty years ago, the 375 F1 driven by Jose Froilan Gonzalez brought Ferrari its first win in a Grand Prix counting towards the world championship. Since then, there have been 646 grands prix and we have won 141 of them. Along the way, we have also recorded 144 pole positions and taken a total of 20 Drivers' and Constructors' World Championships. A lot has changed at Ferrari between then and now. The only constructor to start the 1951 British Grand Prix was Alfa Romeo, while today the sport showcases the world's premier motor manufacturers. Back then, Ferrari was just taking its first steps. Founded in 1947, it began gaining respect for its race performances, its daring technical solutions and for the exceptional qualities of its first Granturismo road cars."

"Today, Ferrari, which is proud to retain its small and exclusive nature, continues to design and produce its racing cars in their entirety, while having customers in around 40 countries worldwide, with the United States, Germany, England and Japan heading the list. Back in the Fifties, the grands prix were only of limited interest, whereas today the races are followed, watched and discussed all over the world. Despite this and so many other changes, Ferrari has always been at the forefront of Formula 1 and today, as it was back then, our cars are red and carry the Prancing Horse emblem on a yellow background. I learned from Enzo Ferrari to always look to the future and not to settle for ephemeral results of a moment and to work with obstinate determination, striving for further sporting and commercial success. The chromosomes at Maranello remain the same. Here's to the next fifty years!"

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Michael Schumacher , Rubens Barrichello , Luca di Montezemolo , Jose Froilan Gonzalez , Ross Brawn , Jean Todt
Teams Ferrari , McLaren