Belgian GP Ferrari Friday notes

Temperatures: air 16-17°C track 18-20°C Michael Schumacher "Regarding the incident with Pedro, the situation was the usual one when you are running in spray; you have no chance to judge the distance nor to see the rear light. All you see is...

Temperatures: air 16-17°C track 18-20°C

Michael Schumacher
"Regarding the incident with Pedro, the situation was the usual one when you are running in spray; you have no chance to judge the distance nor to see the rear light. All you see is the spray. You have to hope that the driver in front behaves normally and accelerates down the straight. I was being careful, because I knew there was a risk of aquaplaning, so I was not going flat out. For whatever reason, I just had a feeling he might be going slowly, which is why at the last moment, I moved over, even though I could not see anything. By then it was already too late. You can only see the car ahead when you are one metre behind, but in this case, the speed difference between us was too great. I could not avoid him."

Rubens Barrichello
"I did a lot of laps today in order to understand how the car is handling. We knew from our forecast that it would rain during the afternoon part of the session, which is why we packed in as much work as possible in the morning. I am not yet hundred percent happy with the car, however we have done plenty of work which has provided us with a lot of useful data to study for tomorrow."

Jean Todt
"This was a busy Friday. In the first hour, when the track was dry, we worked on set-up, trying to perfect the handling of the car, as well as trying out the tyres. In the second part of the session, when it was wet, while trying to avoid a slower car, Michael ran into it, damaging his front wing in the impact. It was a worrying moment, luckily with no serious consequences. As for Rubens, he was able to try various types of wet weather tyre. The latest weather forecast for tomorrow predicts very changeable conditions. In any case, I expect the usual fight between this season's top three teams."

Ross Brawn
"The weather forecast predicted rain for the second half of the session, which is why we did as much dry running as possible in the morning. We have a reasonable idea what tyres we want to use. We had planned to do some tyre comparisons in the afternoon as well, but unfortunately because of the incident with Michael and De La Rosa, we did not get as much done as we would have liked. But at least we checked out the performance of the wet weather tyres, both the rain and intermediate types, for the mixed conditions which are predicted for the rest of the weekend. We ran with new tyres earlier than some of the others this morning in the dry, so the times are not really that meaningful."

Chassis
Schumacher: F2001-211
Barrichello: F2001-206

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