Monza a dream result for Schumacher

After coming second in today's Italian Grand Prix, Michael Schumacher was delighted with Ferrari's one-two finish at Monza. "I am very happy, especially because of the pleasure it gave to our fans," he said. "It was wonderful to see them all...

After coming second in today's Italian Grand Prix, Michael Schumacher was delighted with Ferrari's one-two finish at Monza.

"I am very happy, especially because of the pleasure it gave to our fans," he said. "It was wonderful to see them all from the new podium; they seemed overjoyed and it was very moving. I am really happy for Rubens who drove a great race and deserved the win. To all those who asked me if it was team orders which prevented me from trying to pass him, I say that we are a team which works together and fighting between ourselves would have been an unnecessary and pointless risk. Rubens has helped me at various times and I am happy he was able to enjoy this success."

Race winner Rubens Barrichello congratulated by Michael Schumacher.
Photo by Brousseau Photo.
Michael was also asked why he and Rubens were running different strategies. "I chose to stop once, because I felt it was the best choice for me," he said. "But Rubens had to try and make up some places at the start and take more risks. In fact it worked well for him as he got away well and that was the basis of his win. My car was perfect in the morning, but in the race, after the start, I had some small problems. I didn't have much grip. Things improved considerably with my second set of tyres."

So what happened at the start? "I had to back off twice," explained the German. "The first time when the two Williams shut the door on me, as I did not want to risk hitting someone and I was already behind as there was no sense in taking a risk. The second time, at the chicane, because I could see what was happening. Anyway, it was a fair start and the fact Rubens passed me did not bother me because I knew he was on a different strategy."

Michael believes that if both Williams had kept going things would have been more complicated. "If Ralf and Juan Pablo had a normal race it would have been a close fight and it would have been harder to win," continued Michael. "I realised almost immediately that Montoya had damaged something on his car, which is why he lost speed."

"I don't know what could be more perfect than this," said the world champion when asked if he thought Ferrari was currently close to perfection. "We have achieved our main aims and we have won here at Monza in front of our fans. It would be difficult to do better. But I hope this is not the end of it. We have beaten several records, but there are still two races to go and they will give us a chance to show once again how reliable and quick we are."

-ferrari-

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Michael Schumacher , Rubens Barrichello
Teams Ferrari , Williams