Spanish GP Ferrari Saturday notes

Fourth pole position of the season for both Ferrari and Michael Schumacher. It is the Scuderia's 141st pole, its eighth in Spain and the driver's 36th. Michael Schumacher: "This pole means we are back where we want to be and that makes...

Fourth pole position of the season for both Ferrari and Michael Schumacher. It is the Scuderia's 141st pole, its eighth in Spain and the driver's 36th.

Michael Schumacher:
"This pole means we are back where we want to be and that makes me hopeful for the rest of the weekend. We have worked very precisely towards the race for the past two days and this is the result, but it is very tight at the front. I am not worried about tyres as, in testing here the Bridgestones seemed to have the edge and that appears to be the case today. For the start, it will be interesting to see the effect of the launch control, as this is the first time we will see it used in race conditions. I am pretty confident about the new electronics as we have done a lot of testing and I see no reason not to use all of it in the race. I can see that in qualifying, you might get an advantage without traction control, but the race is a different story. Strategy will be a big factor in the race."

Rubens Barrichello:
"I am disappointed with the result of qualifying as I was unable to get the most out of the package available to me. I made a few changes to the set-up during the session, but they did not produce the result I was expecting. Therefore, I never managed to get a perfect lap. When I left the pits for my last run, I thought I could get onto the front row, but instead, I dropped to fourth place. It's a shame, but tomorrow is another day and I am confident of getting a very good result."

Jean Todt:
"I am very happy to have both our cars on the front two rows in first and fourth places, especially on a difficult and technical track like the Catalunya Circuit. The introduction of the new regulations governing the use of electronics has not had an effect on the pecking order among the teams. The entire team did a really good job to perfect the complete electronics package in such a short space of time. The Bridgestone tyres worked very well here, on a track which is particularly hard on tyres. Tomorrow we will get to see how the launch control will work and whatever happens it should be an open and close fought battle. Additional satisfaction with today's performance comes from the fact it was witnessed by Umberto Agnelli, Vice President and CEO of IFIL."

- Ferrari

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