Fifth win of the season for Ferrari and for Michael Schumacher. It was the Scuderia's 140th victory, the second in the European Grand Prix. For Michael, it was his 49th career win and the fourth at this track. Jean Todt: "It really was a very ...
Fifth win of the season for Ferrari and for Michael Schumacher. It was the Scuderia's 140th victory, the second in the European Grand Prix. For Michael, it was his 49th career win and the fourth at this track.
Jean Todt: "It really was a very tough race and I think it was the hardest fought win of the year, given that the three top teams got all their cars to the flag. The strategies planned for Michael and Rubens proved to be the right ones, given their start positions. As usual, the team did a great job, carrying out perfect pit stops. The cars and the tyres worked well. We are now in the second half of the season and have increased our lead in both championships. However, we must continue to concentrate and keep our feet on the ground. The French Grand Prix is already upon us."
Michael Schumacher: "I am delighted with this result, as there is nothing better than winning at home. It has been a superb weekend, taking pole and winning the race. I did not make a perfect start and lost a couple of metres. Then I saw Ralf up the inside of me and as I did not know what strategy he was on, I knew I had to be first into the first corner. So I did the maximum you are allowed to do within the rules to tighten the line. It was an entertaining and tough race, first with my brother, until his penalty and then with Juan Pablo, who was pushing hard at the end. With Ralf, I was in control of the situation, except once when I ran wide at Turn 5, after I locked the rear wheels and then the fronts. I struggled with the balance of the car on my first set of tyres, but we made some changes at the pit stop and after that I was able to do quick times. In the morning, we had a problem with the spare car, so I took it for an installation lap before the race, but it stopped. It was worrying, because I was a long way from the pits and I did not know how much time I had to get back to take the race car. But it was not the plan to race the spare."
Rubens Barrichello: "It was a rather boring race for me, apart from my spin near the end. I made a bad start and the launch control didn't help me. Then, I was struggling in the early stages, lacking a bit of grip and I also had a lot of fuel on board as we had opted for a one stop strategy. I am not sure if this was the ideal choice, although starting with used front tyres was the right decision. This has definitely not been my best weekend, but at least I managed to bring home a couple of points, which has allowed me to maintain my third place in the championship."