Italian GP: Ferrari Friday practice notes

Italian GP - First day of practice Jean Todt: "Here we are at Monza for our second home Grand Prix after the one at Imola. There are four races remaining to the end of the season and our aim is very clear, even if we know it will be very hard...

Italian GP - First day of practice

Jean Todt:

"Here we are at Monza for our second home Grand Prix after the one at Imola. There are four races remaining to the end of the season and our aim is very clear, even if we know it will be very hard to achieve. Today we did not do as much running as usual, as we tested here for three days last week."

"We are happy to be racing in front of our fans, especially those members of the Scuderia Ferrari Club, here from all over Italy, watching today from a grandstand reserved for them at the Parabolica. Tomorrow and Sunday, in this same grandstand will be our staff, which will give us a further motivation - not that any more is needed - to do our best to secure the result we want so much."

Michael Schumacher:

"It's a bit too early to make any snap judgments. It is only Friday and usually, we see that things can change quickly during the weekend. I would say we had a normal day. The times are slower compared with last week and that is down to the fact the track is not as rubbered-in."

"Having the same engine that I used in the last grand prix is not a disadvantage compared to my main rival. We have simulated the situation in testing and there were no problems. Of course I want to win, but I don't think the gap we saw today will stay like this through the weekend. However, as usual I will give it my all!"

Felipe Massa:

"Generally a positive day. We worked on confirming what we had seen in testing at this track last week and we are competitive. Again today, the car was very stable and performed consistently and equally good was the performance of the Bridgestone tyres. It all means I can be confident for the rest of the weekend which is a very important one in terms of our chances in both championships."

Ross Brawn:

"After the good results obtained from last week's test, we ran a reduced programme compared to a usual Friday. The main tasks were to check out the cars and tyres and let the drivers get used to the track conditions again. We picked up where we left off at this track last Thursday and so I am confident for the next two days. The only problem was a loss of pressure in the left rear tyre on Michael's car, but it is just a minor inconvenience."

Michael Schumacher
Chassis: 255
Second session: 2nd, 1:23.138, 11 laps

Felipe Massa
Chassis: 252
Second session: 3rd, 1:23.182, 12 laps

-credit: ferrari

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Michael Schumacher , Ross Brawn , Felipe Massa , Jean Todt
Teams Ferrari