Michael Schumacher: 1st, 1m 18.439, 11 laps, chassis 203 Rubens Barrichello: 3rd, 1m 18.801, 10 laps, chassis 202 Jean Todt: "We have secured our fourth pole position of the season, with this Michael's third. It confirms the good performance...
Michael Schumacher: 1st, 1m 18.439, 11 laps, chassis 203
Rubens Barrichello: 3rd, 1m 18.801, 10 laps, chassis 202
"We have secured our fourth pole position of the season, with this Michael's third. It confirms the good performance level of our car. Today the outcome was not decided until the very last moment. The result is an important step for the weekend but now we must think about tomorrow. It will be a very tough and close race. Reliability, especially as far as engines and brakes are concerned, will be the determining factor."
"That was a very exciting session, with me being fastest, then losing it and getting it back again. Towards the end, I was told on the radio that Coulthard was quickest and I was told to keep pushing. I was at turn 10 at the time, which was maybe not the best time to talk! But I did not know what time I had to beat, so I just went for it. The wind was a big factor. It was a side wind and so it affected the downforce and it was difficult to predict its effect. I am very happy that Rubens is third and I think we are well prepared for the race."
"I am happy to be third, even if was a bit unlucky. In fact, I had to interrupt my second run because of the red flags and then at the end of the session I had a problem with traffic. The strategy for my last run allowed for the possibility of doing two timed laps, but it was not possible. My time does not reflect the potential of the car, because I could at least have been on the front row. First and third for Ferrari is a good result. I am very optimistic for the race as my car is going really well."