Hungarian GP: Ferrari Saturday notes

Barrichello on pole at Budapest Seventh pole position of the season for Ferrari, the third with Rubens Barrichello. This is the fifth pole for the Scuderia in the Hungarian Grand Prix and the 155th of its history. Jean Todt: "I am very happy...

Barrichello on pole at Budapest

Seventh pole position of the season for Ferrari, the third with Rubens Barrichello. This is the fifth pole for the Scuderia in the Hungarian Grand Prix and the 155th of its history.

Jean Todt:

"I am very happy with today's result. For the seventh time this year we have taken pole position and it is also the fourth occasion on which we have got both cars on the front row. Our cars have appeared to be very competitive right from the start of the weekend, partly due to the great work done by Bridgestone, who have provided us with tyres which are very quick over one lap and also very consistent. Aware of how difficult it is to overtake here, we are obviously happy to have the best possible start positions for tomorrow's race, during which we will be trying to reach our objectives. We know the race will be very long and it will be very hot. As usual, reliability will be very important."

Rubens Barrichello:

"Today, to get everything working correctly was very difficult, so I am very pleased with this result, especially as I had to abort my first run, when I was caught up in someone else's accident. We have improved the car a lot since the morning and the team did a good job. It was very enjoyable to take pole on a circuit where it is always very complicated to set up the car. We made just small fine tuning changes to the car during the session. I did not change the car for the second run. On the third run I made a change which I did not like, so we went back to the original settings for the final run, when I went still quicker, by improving in the final sector. I am looking forward to the race. Starting from pole, I have the best chance as the track is cleanest on that side."

Michael Schumacher:

"Rubens did a good job and I could not match it today. There was no sense in trying for a final run, which is why we decided to save a set of tyres for tomorrow. I had a wobble on my final run but it was mainly in Turn 12 that I lost time. Starting on the dirty track certainly won't help and the important thing will be to maintain position. It would be unrealistic to expect to make up a place from this position. I am sure it will be an exciting start."

Ross Brawn:

"Today we saw a good battle between our two drivers, with Rubens taking a great pole. We had not expected the temperatures to rise so much this afternoon and that seemed to close the gap a bit between us and our rivals. However, our car and tyres have been performing well all weekend. With temperatures staying like this for tomorrow, I think we will see a very close race. One can make up places with a good pit stop strategy, but making a good start will be crucial."


Rubens Barrichello 1st
1m 13.333 11 laps
chassis no. 220


Michael Schumacher 2nd
1m 13.392 9 laps
chassis no. 221

-ferrari-

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