Austrian GP Saturday Ferrari notes

Jean Todt: "It's been a while since we have not had a car on the front row. I knew it would be a difficult qualifying session, but I had expected we could have managed it all the same. Michael did not manage to get the set-up quite right for ...

Jean Todt:
"It's been a while since we have not had a car on the front row. I knew it would be a difficult qualifying session, but I had expected we could have managed it all the same. Michael did not manage to get the set-up quite right for qualifying, but things went a bit better for Rubens. Now we are thinking about tomorrow, in the knowledge that we can expect the usual close race with the cars which are ahead of us today. The important thing for us now is to find a good race set-up."

Rubens Barrichello:
"I am happy with my car, as I have had a good set-up all weekend which has allowed me to work calmly. I went out early because I saw it was beginning to rain and I was worried it might get worse. We discussed it and decided to go out. I aborted the second run because of traffic. On my third attempt I made a mistake and then I did my best time on my last run when I was under a bit of pressure. The track was quite slippery and it is not easy to get a lap one hundred percent right, especially as cars which spun off put some dirt on the circuit. I am confident for the race, because I had a good run yesterday and this morning and the car seems consistent. The tyres are also looking good."

Michael Schumacher:
"On my last run, I had nothing to lose: I was fourth and I gave it my all. But I went over my limit at Turn 4 and lost control of the car. I am quite a way off the pole time which worries me a little.

Unlike our rivals, I have been unable to find the right balance between the slow and quick corners and that is very important on this track. I seemed to lose out to the others in the first and third sections and was only really competitive in the second one. I could have been a bit quicker but not quick enough for the front row. I hope to make up a few places at the start. It will be a very long race and anything can happen."

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