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Jean Todt: "This is a dream result but the race was very tough. We think that in the second part there was a problem with a sensor on Michael's car and so he drove cautiously in the closing stages. Rubens drove a great race, making up the places...

Jean Todt: "This is a dream result but the race was very tough. We think that in the second part there was a problem with a sensor on Michael's car and so he drove cautiously in the closing stages. Rubens drove a great race, making up the places he lost at the start to come up behind Michael in the final laps. At this point, given that our main rivals were a long way back, we had decided that the drivers should maintain their positions so as not to take any unnecessary risks. The team did an exceptional job, performing two pit stops on the same lap so as to get both cars on wet tyres with the minimum loss of time. This result is very important in terms of the championship, allowing us to increase our advantage over our rivals. But we are conscious of the fact we have not yet reached the halfway point of the season, with a further nine races to go. In addition, Michael has broken the recent tradition of drivers not winning from pole."

Michael Schumacher: "At the start I knew something had happened to Coulthard, but I just drove my own race. He was not close enough to attack anyway. Then when he had his penalty, I took it easy. I made my pit stop early because we thought something was wrong on the car. But the mechanics could find nothing wrong so I continued. I had to push a bit more when Rubens was behind. The track was very slippery when it started to rain, then it got better and then worse. I locked my brakes at Turn 1 and decided to drive through the gravel. I thank the team for having done a perfect job all weekend and Rubens for protecting me. He is a great team-mate and one day I will repay the favour. I am not thinking about the championship. Only when mathematically you cannot lose, can you do so."

Rubens Barrichello: "I made a good start, but Villeneuve made a perfect one because he came past me on the outside. Then when the rain came I had my chance to pass him. After the race at the Nuerburgring where I lost a lot of time coming in late for my pit stop, I discussed the situation with the team. I said that even if I had to make an extra stop if the rain stopped, it would be quicker to come in immediately. So I was given the option to come in behind Michael. I have no problem with backing off to protect Michael, when I was asked to do so by the team. In any case, I had a clutch problem. I trust the team and I am sure if I am in front of Michael I will be allowed to win. Really, the only part of the weekend I was not so happy with was my qualifying."

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