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JUAN PABLO MONTOYA (#6 BMW WilliamsF1 Team/Michelin): "It was a very difficult session. We couldn't come to grips with the car. On my third run, the quickest one, I had a lot of traffic, and then on the last run I made a mistake, so I couldn't improve on the time. For me, it was an average session. I felt that I could do better."
EDDIE IRVINE (#18 Jaguar Racing/Michelin): "Normal sort of stuff. I think I got a reasonably good lap. We just had loads of understeer, and we couldn't get rid of it. By the third run, I got the car as good as it was the whole session, but I need more front end. We made a change, and I just had a shocking vibration coming from the front. The last run was a little bit slower, but I don't really understand the problem there. We'll be good tomorrow. Well just probably do what we normally do, cross our fingers and hope to win."
PEDRO DE LA ROSA (#19 Jaguar Racing/Michelin): "It was not a good qualifying, absolutely not. The tires are good, but we are not getting the best out of them. Look at Ralf. Ralf is there. So we need to make the tire work properly, and we are not achieving that. We don't really know why we are not generating enough temperature. Having said that, my time was pretty good because I had traffic on my two last laps. They were a mess, really. On the last round, there were cars everywhere, and I was just trying to overtake them. It cost me a little time."
FERNANDO ALONSO (#21 European Minardi F1/Michelin): "It was a perfect qualifying for us. Tomorrow we'll see in the race. We had a hard compound in the tires, so it will be much better for the race."
ALEX YOONG (#20 European Minardi F1/Michelin): "It was trouble-free. I had some balance problems with the car, so the time wasn't really where we wanted to be. I was trying to get to the 14s, slow 14s. The last run the time was better, but we got a yellow flag, I think, three corners from the end, so I had to lift off. Otherwise we would have been in the 14s. It's all right. It's trouble free. It's good to get some good running."
JEAN ALESI (#11 Jordan Honda/Bridgestone): "Obviously, to have a new team like this it is not very easy to be competitive, especially when you see the difference in each car is very small. You still need to be competitive. When you are in the top 10 like we are now, we need to be very happy." (About learning in new car): "I don't always know what direction to go with the car right away to make it better, so that is why it always takes some time compared to Jarno. When we do the right things, we are very happy." (About weather conditions): "The track conditions are so far very good. Not so much wind, and in the end that was very helpful for better track conditions."
JARNO TRULLI (#12 Jordan Honda/Bridgestone): "Qualifying was tough, very tough. I couldn't improve my lap time in the end, because the engine was not feeling very good. Overall the result is better than I thought it would be."
RUBENS BARRICHELLO (#2 Scuderia Ferrari/Bridgestone): "I just couldn't get a good slipstream out there. Everyone set a time with people around or in front. I fell back with the time from the first lap. I'm looking to win the race. I don't really care about second or third anymore."
DAVID COULTHARD (#4 West McLaren Mercedes/Bridgestone): "I've had a problem today with quite a bit of oversteer. And trying to solve that led to problems with the car gripping on the front end because you try to improve on the rear, then you take away from the front. Although I think I'm a little ahead a position. I'm probably quick enough to be fifth, or probably quick enough to be on the front row. I think it's difficult to pass unless you pass at the end of the main straight. It may be possible if we get a little better in race trim, we'll just have to wait and see. I don't have a crystal ball, but obviously my goal is to move forward, but there's a lot of quick cars in front. Whatever happens, I'm not going to be happy with the way the car has performed up until this point. Even if we do get a result out of the weekend, it's disappointing that we've had inconsistencies throughout the season. It's difficult to understand exactly why. We'll just try to get the best out of the race, get some points, get on to Suzuka, get the season over with and concentrate on next year." (About slipstream): "I can't because obviously I don't know what the other teams do. It didn't help me go any quicker. In theory it helps, but it just so happened that's when we ended up going out to do our runs. If you can keep out of the back, then you can get more on the straights. But my quickest time and Mika's quickest time were done without those, so I think, to be honest, it's how your car's performing. If you're happy with your car, then you'll get the maximum out of it."
GIANCARLO FISICHELLA (#7 Mild Seven Benetton Renault Sport/Michelin): "I am very disappointed because on my quickest lap one of the McLarens stopped me in Turn 1, and I lost three- tenths. There was a possibility to be in the top seven or eight. Then in the last lap, when my split time was three-tenths quicker, it was very quick, there were yellow flags in the back straight. So I'm disappointed but optimistic for tomorrow."
JENSON BUTTON (#8 Mild Seven Benetton Renault Sport/Michelin): (About being in top 10): "It's good. First time this year, so it's fantastic. I think it's a good position for us to start tomorrow. Hopefully we can do something at the start and hopefully do something at the first corner as well, but I hope to make it round this time." (About improvement in car during the year): "It's improved a lot. Renault and also Benetton have done a fantastic job of improving the car. It was a little bit difficult for us all at the start of the season, but now everyone's working very hard, and it's also very promising for next year. I've improved a lot also mechanically on the car. It's all positive." (About pressure to perform): "No, the only pressure is from myself. I want to perform as well as possible. I want to do the best job I can, and that's what I'm going to do."
OLIVIER PANIS (#9 BAR Honda/Bridgestone): "I think we made the possible with the car we have at the moment. The team did a good job by pushing very hard the last lap. I think for the car we have, it's quite good. The car we have for the race is much more competitive. I'm quite positive for tomorrow. It's a little bit more warm, and the level of grip is much better."
TOMAS ENGE (#23 Prost Acer/Michelin): "We were mostly working on the setup, trying many things and finding the good balance. Finally, we found it for the last laps, but unluckily I had a brake failure. Something happened on the brake. The brake pedal just went down. I couldn't brake in the corner. I locked the rears, and from that I spun into the wall. So, unfortunately until that point, everything looked perfect."
HEINZ-HARALD FRENTZEN (#22 Prost Acer/Michelin): "It's not too bad how qualifying went today. Basically, I decided on the safe side for race strategy tomorrow. I'm quite focused for the race tomorrow. The balance of the car was quite good, and I think that we have a good position for tomorrow's race. I'm not allowed to tell what tire I'm running. We made a big change before qualifying, to get more focused for the race tomorrow. We'll make a safety-issue decision."
KIMI RAIKKONEN (#17 Red Bull Sauber Petronas/Bridgestone): "All through today, I've been struggling to get a perfect balance on my car, even though we tried lots of things. All through qualifying it just wasn't quite there. It's disappointing because of Nick's strong performance."
NICK HEIDFELD (#16 Red Bull Sauber Petronas/Bridgestone): "The car been good all weekend. Third place this morning was great. I wasn't sure if I'd be able to hold on to that this afternoon. You never know, because sometimes people make mistakes on their quick laps. Unfortunately, I had to brake early in the second section on my fastest lap because of (Tomas) Enge's crash. Without that, I'm sure I could have been one position higher, but I am really, really happy with sixth."
JACQUES VILLENEUVE (#10 BAR Honda/Bridgestone): "The car was sick all weekend, and we didn't cure it. It's doesn't really have any grip, and we weren't too quick on the straights at the same time. It was just undriveable. That was close to as fast as it would go for me, so I don't know what was wrong, we couldn't pinpoint it." (About the slow straightaway speeds): "It could be two things, because we were carrying too much downforce, or we just don't have the horsepower."
JOS VERSTAPPEN (#14 Orange Arrows Asiatech/Bridgestone): "We made a lot of improvement compared to this morning. Just very slow, there's not much you can do. It's just like the last couple races. I think we are where we should be."
ENRIQUE BERNOLDI (#15 Orange Arrows Asiatech/Bridgestone): "It was very difficult qualifying, because the first run the engine had a problem. I had to go to the T-car, which is never the same. On my third run, I was bumped by Barrichello. At the end of the day, I just had two runs on the T-car, and it was really hard. I was happy that I could be in front of my teammate. I think from the morning show we had a very good potential to be a little bit more in front, and it's disappointing if you can't get the best, and its not our fault. The team did the best they could, and it was a little problem with the engine."