Easiest 1-2 finish says Todt

Ferrari team principal Jean Todt said that Sunday's one-two at the Hungaroring on the outskirts of Budapest was probably the easiest one-two of the season. "In all fairness, watching from the pit wall, I would say it was probably the easiest...

Ferrari team principal Jean Todt said that Sunday's one-two at the Hungaroring on the outskirts of Budapest was probably the easiest one-two of the season. "In all fairness, watching from the pit wall, I would say it was probably the easiest one-two we have had because we were much quicker from the start. It was important to have two cars first after the first corner, which happened. It was not easy for Michael but finally, he managed it."

"And then we knew we had to save the tyres at the beginning and we thought that at the beginning that Ralf might be on a one stop. We thought it was probably not the case, but it could have been, and we were really pulling away quite easily."

The podium: champagne for race winner Rubens Barrichello, Michael Schumacher and Jean Todt.
Photo by Ferrari Media Center.
Todt explained that "We had two main goals before the start of the race: one was the Manufacturers' championship which we achieved sunday for the fourth time in a row, and the second one is to try to have Rubens finishing in second position in the championship."

Barrichello has moved up to second in the championship, but there are still four races to go before that aim is completed. Even then, Todt is loathe to let his drivers race one another. "We want our drivers to be racing against other competitors, not against each other. We have said that many times before. We are not intending to have both drivers fighting against each other if it is not in the interests of the team. The priority at the moment is to have Rubens second in the championship," emphasized the Frenchman.

Todt was asked if, with TV audiences around the world falling, he felt that a prominent and dominant team has a duty to allow its two drivers to race each other. Can it ignore public feeling is?

Todt replied, "Did you see how many Ferrari flags were in Hungary again yesterday compared to any other flags. Maybe at the moment, in the world, we have a lot of problems with weather conditions, it is true that we are living a difficult period economically so there may be lots of reasons to explain the situation. Clearly, it is true that the championship is not as open as it could be good for the sport but it's happened in the past as well. So now, to start again from scratch, we have to wait until Australia next year."

Rubens Barrichello leading Michael Schumacher.
Photo by Shell Motorsport.
Were other teams simply failing to be competitive? "I think it's just a tough job," replied Todt. "They probably have some reasons why they are not as successful as they were in the past. It's up to them to analyse them and on our side, we have some reasons -- and we know what they are -- why we are where we are. We just want to do the best and the most we can to remain where we are. But we know it will be difficult and we know it will not last for ever. That's why, at the moment, I don't want to blame our team but I want to congratulate our team."

Todt was amused by Michael's quick lap late in the race. "He wanted to get some excitement, but I knew that it was going to come because one time on the radio he asked who had the quickest time and I knew that he wanted to set the quickest time." Once again, he paid tribute to Michael Schumacher and Ferrari. "It's a fantastic achievement for Michael to score points in each race. Having 112 points in 13 races is an 8.5 points per race average. If you appreciate that you have ten for the first, six for the second, it's outstanding. I think that will be a record that is very difficult to beat. Probably the most difficult to beat, the number of points per race."

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