Spanish GP: Ferrari race notes

Fourth win of the season for Ferrari and for Michael Schumacher. This is the seventh win for the Scuderia at this grand prix, the third with Michael, who scored his 57th career win. For Ferrari, this is win number 148 from 658 Grands Prix ...

Fourth win of the season for Ferrari and for Michael Schumacher. This is the seventh win for the Scuderia at this grand prix, the third with Michael, who scored his 57th career win. For Ferrari, this is win number 148 from 658 Grands Prix starts.

Jean Todt:

"It was a very tense race. We showed we were competitive right from the start of the weekend, but we knew we could take nothing for granted right up to the chequered flag. Rubens had an electrical problem with the gear selection at the start of the formation lap. We were concerned that something similar could have happened on Schumacher's car but it did not. Michael was therefore able to run a fairly comfortable race, making the most of the superiority of our package."

"I am very disappointed about what happened to Rubens, who had been having a great weekend up to that point. He accepted what happened calmly and given the competitiveness of our car, I am sure his time will come soon. Michael was dominant, picking up ten points which sees him extend his lead in the Drivers' classification and to continue his extraordinary run of wins. Ferrari has slightly increased its lead in the Constructors' table."

"We have reached a great level in terms of performance, thanks to our work with exceptional technical partners like Bridgestone and Shell and thanks to sponsors who give us the means to get the best out of our development programme. We are not yet a third of the way through the season and so we have to keep our feet on the ground. We will be back at work tomorrow, looking to improve the car and its reliability. Finally, I am very happy with the performance of the Ferrari engined Saubers, which picked up five points."

Michael Schumacher:

"I started with the T-car as I had a hydraulic problem with my race car in the morning. But that was not an issue as all our three cars are the same. After Rubens had the problem at the start, we tried to be careful during the pit stop and took more care to ensure the same thing did not happen on my car. It was really bad luck for Rubens. Whenever we have had a problem this season, it has been on his car, but that will not continue. In qualifying we were one second ahead but we did not know what the gap would be in the race."

"The Bridgestones worked very well and were better in qualifying than in Imola, but maintained their consistency for this race. This circuit suits our car and we showed what a good job our engineers have done. As for Austria, it will depend on the tyre situation, even if we have a very competitive package. Here we were dominant, but in Brazil it was a close fight, so for the next races we will have to wait and see. Although I was out in front, I was not bored because I was able to watch the fight for sixth. The team told me it was best not to get involved with it and so I did not try and pass them."

Rubens Barrichello:

"Apart from the problem at the start, this has been a very positive weekend, because the car has worked well ever since the start of Friday without any problems, until I got on the grid and could not select first gear. Even though I have been unlucky here and only have six points, my motivation is even stronger, given the potential of the car and the team. I am therefore looking forward to turning the situation around in two weeks time in Austria. This was a frustrating day, but these things happen and they cannot continue for much longer."

Ross Brawn:

"Michael drove a faultless race and after a very good start he just controlled the pace for the rest of the race to minimise the stress on the car. Obviously, the fact Rubens could not start because of what seems to have been some sort of transmission problem is very disappointing as we have lost a potential six points. Bridgestone did a fantastic job as can be seen from the finishing order of ours and the other cars. I believe we can expect equally good performance from our tyres in Austria, so we should be competitive there. The performance level of our car is very good, however, what happened to Rubens shows that we must still concentrate on improving our reliability."


Michael Schumacher 1st
1:30'29"981 65 laps
chassis no. 221


Rubens Barrichello: DNS
chassis no. 220


Temperatures: air 22/24C
Track 28/29C

-ferrari-

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