German GP Saturday Ferrari notes

Jean Todt: "We were expecting very changeable weather conditions. Rubens stopped at the side of the track with a electrical problem. That put us in a difficult position as Michael was already in the T-car as his race car was not ready after this...

Jean Todt:
"We were expecting very changeable weather conditions. Rubens stopped at the side of the track with a electrical problem. That put us in a difficult position as Michael was already in the T-car as his race car was not ready after this morning's accident. Rubens came back to the pits and when he was ready to go out in his team-mate's car, which was not perfectly set up. Furthermore, the conditions were not good enough for him to qualify. Rubens went out again in the final minutes, when the track was a little bit drier. He got a great second flying lap but he could not improve on the third because of traffic. However, Michael managed to lower his time enough to get on the front row."

Michael Schumacher:
" We did not have to make too many adjustments to the spare car set up. Today was all about being out on the track at the right time. I was quite happy to be fourth, but then I found the lucky moment at the end. I was not expecting to be second, but I am very happy to be here. On my last run, the second sector was very difficult as the Ost Kurve and the first chicane were very wet. The third chicane was slightly better at the end but the Motodrom was wet in the last two corners. In these conditions you need to have confidence. I was on the limit and I was very near to going off the track. We have been competitive all weekend and I am fairly confident for the race."

Rubens Barrichello:
"This was without a doubt the worst day of the year for me. I had an electrical problem on my first run and had to stop out on the track. When I came back to the pits I had to wait until Michael's race car was repaired. When I did get out on the track it was too wet. In the final minutes, the conditions improved but, on my third and best lap, I was in traffic. I am confident that tomorrow I will be able to make up the places I lost in qualifying because I know I have a competitive car."

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