Brazilian GP: Ferrari Saturday qualifying notes

Brazilian GP - Qualifying Jean Todt: "After this morning's free practice we were hoping for a better result than this, but the result over one flying lap this afternoon did not come up to our expectations. In fact, both our drivers found that...

Brazilian GP - Qualifying

Jean Todt:

"After this morning's free practice we were hoping for a better result than this, but the result over one flying lap this afternoon did not come up to our expectations. In fact, both our drivers found that their cars did not perform as well as they had done in the morning."

"However, I believe we will see a closely contested race on a track where overtaking is possible, especially on the main straight. Of course, it's not possible to make any more definitive predictions because of the usual unknowns surrounding the different fuel levels, consistency of tyre performance and reliability."

Michael Schumacher:

"I am not happy with my lap this afternoon. It started well, but towards the middle section I began to lose grip and I think this was because the tyre pressures went up higher than we wanted, causing me to slide around."

"But, looking at the data, it seems it was not just down to the pressures, so the track must have been more slippery than in the morning, which can be seen from looking at the other drivers' times. When I saw my lap time, I expected to be much further back on the grid, so this is not such a bad result at the end of the day."

Rubens Barrichello:

"I am very disappointed because this morning the car was set up very well. But this afternoon, the car was bottoming pretty much all the time and because of this I lost about 5 km/h going down the straight and it was even difficult to steer. Now, the engineers are checking what was the problem. I am really disappointed, because I think I could have done around a 1'12"1 which would have put me on the first or second row."

Ross Brawn:

"Michael's performance was pretty good given his position early in the running order. We are therefore reasonably happy with his performance. Unfortunately, we had some problems with Rubens' car, which was not as good in the afternoon as it had been in the morning. Now we will have to investigate to see why that happened and hope we can have a good race. It's a shame, as Rubens could have been in a much stronger qualifying position."

Michael Schumacher: 7th
1:12.976, 3 laps
Chassis: 249

Rubens Barrichello: 10th
1:13.183, 3 laps
Chassis: 248

-ferrari-

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