Third pole position of the season for Ferrari, the second for Michael Schumacher. This is Ferrari's fourth pole in this race, the 151st of its history and number 45 for Michael Schumacher. Jean Todt: "It was a very exciting session with a...
"It was a very exciting session with a great battle going down to the dying moments. The F2002 are working very well this weekend, in all the different conditions we have encountered. This has been helped by Bridgestone who are doing a great job of developing the tyres in conjunction with our engineers. However, this is only the first step for the weekend and we can expect a very tough race tomorrow when changing weather conditions could play a decisive role. I am very happy with Michael for getting yet another pole and also with a great performance from Rubens, the only driver to have saved a set of tyres. It is particularly pleasing to have an all red front row in front of our fans and our staff, who were packed into their specially reserved grandstand."
"It was a hard fight as my team-mate really pushed me. It was good fun! In the end, I was lucky that I had no traffic on my last run and I made no mistakes. On my first run I had traffic, on the second I ran wide and on the third I made a mistake. Because we had done little running in the dry, it was a difficult session, not helped by gusting wind. We made changes to the car throughout the session. I am confident about the race. Bridgestone has made a good step forward again and we seem to be well sorted for tomorrow. When I start the race, I will have competed in more races for Ferrari than any other driver. That means a lot to me as it shows the mutual confidence we have in one another."
"Having been on provisional pole for most of the session, of course I would have liked to have kept it. Nevertheless, I really enjoyed the challenge and the fight was fun. In the morning, I was not sure about the engine in my race car, so I used the spare for the whole qualifying session, while my race car became Michael's spare. It was a bit of a gamble as the car had not yet run this weekend. It was the car I had driven in a Barcelona test before the Brazilian GP. We decided not to do a fourth run and I was quite happy with my lap time. The car was well balanced even though we had to guess a little bit for the set up. I aborted my last run, because a car in front of me had put dirt on the track between turns 14 and 15."
"Rubens put in a tremendous lap. We only got the right set up for Michael's car right at the end. I hope everyone enjoyed qualifying as much as I did! It was great seeing our two drivers compete like that and have a reasonable margin over the rest of the field. To have both cars on the front row is fantastic. However, tomorrow's result is not a foregone conclusion. We will have to make a good start and work on the strategy as well as ensuring we get both cars to the finish. If we can do all that, then we have a good chance of winning. The 2002 car is quite a bit better than its predecessor and it is good to be racing with all the same cars. It should be an exciting race."