Michael Schumacher â€œMontoya's move is easy to explain. He had quite a lot of straight line speed compared with us. With such a long straight from the last corner to the first, you have to give the Safety Car a lot of room, so it is easy for the...
“Montoya's move is easy to explain. He had quite a lot of straight line speed compared with us. With such a long straight from the last corner to the first, you have to give the Safety Car a lot of room, so it is easy for the second placed man to get close and slipstream by. He got it right, braking very late. He pushed me wide, but that is normal racing. We touched but that was not a problem. I thought I might get him back, but I could not. I was on a two stop strategy and I was hoping for rain, because with David in front of me, I thought that would be my best chance. But today, it did not work out for us. The car was not working quite the way I liked it, which is why I had a couple of "offs," which is not normal for me in these conditions. David passed me when we were behind the Minardi, because at first it was on the left of the track. I decided to go right, but the Minardi moved that way also. But at the moment I had to make the decision, the outside line was my only option. In any case, I think David would have passed me later. I am slightly disappointed with the result, but at least I am still leading the championship."
“This was definitely not my lucky day. On the formation lap there was a problem with my car, which stopped at the side of the track. I ran back to the pits where the mechanics did a great job to adapt the spare for me, as it was set up for Michael. The car was almost perfect and I am grateful to the whole team for giving me the chance to start my home race. They really worked miracles and I am proud of them. I did not make a very good start, but then I soon got into my stride. I was behind Ralf when he suddenly changed line, probably to pass another car and he braked in front of me. I did not expect this and the collision was inevitable after that. These things happen in racing. However, I think we need to get a clear ruling from FIA about how many times one can change line in these circumstances.”
“Today’s second place has put an end to our run of consecutive wins. The race was full of incidents and surprises and for us, it got off to a difficult start, with Rubens parked at the side of the track when his engine stopped with no fuel pressure. The team did an exceptional job in adapting the spare to suit the Brazilian. On the third lap, Rubens had and unfortunate coming together with Ralf Schumacher, forcing him to retire. I am very disappointed for him, here in front of his home crowd. Michael had set out on a two stop strategy, which did not work, because of events in the opening laps. The Safety Car dealt a new pack of cards, which wiped out the advantage Michael had built up after the start. Once the race re-started, he was passed by Montoya and was not able to retake the lead. When the rain came, we thought the situation might turn in our favour, which has often been the case in these conditions. However, Michael’s car proved difficult to drive in this situation and we could not exploit the conditions. Nevertheless, the six points are important for both Championships because we know this will be a long and difficult season. We have to consider that the fight at the front is no longer a duel as a third competitor has now got involved. In the hunt are three different engines and two tyre companies. I am happy that Heidfeld is on the podium, at the wheel of the Sauber-Petronas.”