Barrichello and Schumacher are fastest Jean Todt: "A few laps but good ones is how one can summarise this Friday, in the light of this afternoon's qualifying result. The weather meant we did not do many laps in free practice and so it is ...
Barrichello and Schumacher are fastest
"A few laps but good ones is how one can summarise this Friday, in the light of this afternoon's qualifying result. The weather meant we did not do many laps in free practice and so it is difficult to get an idea of the pecking order, especially as the conditions were also changing during qualifying. Having said that, we are confident about the rest of the weekend. We know we have a very good car-engine package and have excellent Bridgestone tyres at our disposal."
"Obviously I am happy with our performance today. The car handled very cleanly even with all the water on the track. We had to improvise a bit when it came to the set-up, given that track conditions changed between the morning free practice and the afternoon qualifying. The team did a great job, providing me with a very well balanced car. With so much rain, it is obvious that the tyres had a lot to do with today's result."
"It was not easy getting used to the track conditions which were so different to this morning's. There was a lot of aquaplaning and therefore it was hard to do a time on just one flying lap. In any case, things went pretty well and it was important to ensure we start towards the end of tomorrow's decisive qualifying session. I went off on the entry to the hairpin because of a bit of aquaplaning, just when I was braking and so I ended up on the asphalt escape road."
"I hope it rains again on Sunday! The drivers are happy with the way this afternoon's qualifying went in these difficult conditions. They suffered from some aquaplaning but it was nothing serious. Track conditions changed during the qualifying session and this could have had an effect on the final outcome. Compared with the other drivers who made their runs at the start, we can say that we gained a decisive advantage because of the difference in tyre performance."
Rubens Barrichello 1st
1.30.925 3 laps
Michael Schumacher 2nd
1.31.969 3 laps