Canadian GP Ferrari qualifying notes

Sixth pole of the season for Ferrari and for Michael Schumacher. This is the Scuderia's 143rd pole position, the seventh at the Canadian Grand Prix. For the driver, it his 38th pole and his sixth at this track. Jean Todt "Michael had a great...

Sixth pole of the season for Ferrari and for Michael Schumacher. This is the Scuderia's 143rd pole position, the seventh at the Canadian Grand Prix. For the driver, it his 38th pole and his sixth at this track.

Jean Todt


"Michael had a great session, getting the absolute maximum out of the car. The difference between his time and that of his brother Ralf in second place is big, with over half a second separating them. Unfortunately, Rubens had a difficult session. On his second run, he had an accident which meant he had to take the spare. The team worked very well to adapt the car to the driver, who managed to improve his time, but not his grid position. It will be a difficult race tomorrow. Reliability will be the key factor, especially as regards the brakes."

Michael Schumacher


"I did not go out at the end of the session, because I felt it would probably be more enjoyable to watch it from the outside! You can never be sure that nobody will beat your time, but when I saw that Ralf was stopped at the weigh-in, I knew it would be difficult for the others. I am surprised at the margin I have over the others, but I am not surprised that the lap times are much quicker than last year. As for the race, the car is as good as it can be in race trim: it can never be perfect. This is a track which improves all the time over the weekend, so in the warm-up tomorrow morning we hope to make further improvements."

Rubens Barrichello


"This was not one of my better days. On my first run I had traffic, while on the second, I finished up in the wall at the last chicane having jumped over the kerb. I think I went a bit over the limit. I ran back to the pits and jumped into the spare, which had been set up for Michael. Despite the fact the mechanics did a great job, the set up wasn't ideal for me and there was no time to change it. In the end, I did not have time to change tyres before my fourth and final run and so I was unable to improve and get a better position. I think it will be a very open race tomorrow."

Ross Brawn


"Michael got a great pole position and his session was trouble free. It was important for tomorrow that he has saved tyres for the race. He was happy with the handling of the car. Rubens' session was a bit messy. After he took the spare, we were running out of time. This meant that he had to push quite hard on the out lap, which is not the best thing for the tyres. But it will be a long race tomorrow and with that in mind, fifth place is not too bad."

- Ferrari

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Michael Schumacher , Rubens Barrichello , Ross Brawn , Jean Todt
Teams Ferrari