Michael Schumacher: 3rd, 1m 31.075s, 9 laps, chassis no. 198 Rubens Barrichello: 4th, 1m 31.102s, 8 laps, chassis no. 199 Jean Todt: "I am happy with this qualifying session because of the good performance of our cars, when compared with last...
Michael Schumacher: 3rd, 1m 31.075s, 9 laps, chassis no. 198
Rubens Barrichello: 4th, 1m 31.102s, 8 laps, chassis no. 199
Jean Todt: "I am happy with this qualifying session because of the good performance of our cars, when compared with last year. However, I am also disappointed because, for various reasons, we were not able to get the most out of the cars. Tomorrow, we will see an open race which will be very close and also tough, given that the temperatures will be much higher than anyone has encountered in testing. The team did an excellent job last night to repair Michael's car in time to be on standby as the spare for qualifying, after it was damaged yesterday."
Michael Schumacher: "I am not bothered about being third, because with a long hard race ahead, grid positions will not be so important for the final result. I am confident in our reliability as we have simulated running in hot conditions during testing. I aborted one run because I was not happy with the set-up. We made some changes and I tried again, but then the tyres were not as good and I made a mistake, going off on the grass. At the end, my run was spoilt by the red flags. We have a car which will be competitive in the race and we will try and put the others under pressure and see what happens. This is a big improvement on previous years at the first race."
Rubens Barrichello: "I am happy with the work the team did today and also with the fact that I am not far behind my team-mate on the clock. However, things did not really go the way I wanted. It is a shame as the car was very well balanced and I felt that everything was in place for either Michael or me to take pole. I went out very late because we decided to make some changes to the set-up. My third run was done under a yellow flag and then I was delayed at the weight check, which meant I had no time for a fourth run.
Temperatures: air 33 C, track 45 C