Schumacher calls for restraint

Ferrari's Michael Schumacher has called for restraint when the 22 cars launch off the grid and head into the first corner of the Australian Grand Prix. Ferrari hold the front row with Rubens Barrichello on pole with team mate Schumacher alongside;...

Ferrari's Michael Schumacher has called for restraint when the 22 cars launch off the grid and head into the first corner of the Australian Grand Prix. Ferrari hold the front row with Rubens Barrichello on pole with team mate Schumacher alongside; the sharp left hand first corner out of the straight has seen many victims over the years and the German has appealed for drivers to keep a level head in the early fight for position.

"There is no reason for more accidents here tomorrow if it's wet," said Schumacher after the wet qualifying session yesterday. "It depends on how hot the guys are going to be after the start. If it is wet and everyone is just a little clever enough not to try to win the race in the first corner then I think it's going to be alright, but it will depend on the temper, if they can keep it under control."

Barrichello is pleased to take the first pole position of the season and says that it's not just a matter of racing against his team mate, the team would be happy whichever of their drivers won, if indeed they do.

"It's not a question of beating Michael," he said. "We are here to win a race tomorrow. I think Ferrari would be happy with whatever driver there is to win and finish second. We're going to have a start tomorrow and we're going to see how it will progress. I'm fairly confident that we have a good set-up, we know the car very well so rain or shine it could suit any condition."

Barrichello was also full of praise for tyre provider Bridgestone and said the cars were much faster than in previous years. "Bridgestone has done a fantastic job so we have a very suitable set-up race for the tyre, engine-wise we have more power, some small touches on the electronics," he explained. "Because we know the car so well we can go to the extreme, that's why we are faster."

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Michael Schumacher , Rubens Barrichello
Teams Ferrari