Second pole position of the season for Ferrari, the first with Rubens Barrichello. It is the third time that a Ferrari starts the Brazilian Grand Prix from pole. This is the Scuderia's 160th pole and the seventh for Rubens. Jean Todt: "It was...
Second pole position of the season for Ferrari, the first with Rubens Barrichello. It is the third time that a Ferrari starts the Brazilian Grand Prix from pole. This is the Scuderia's 160th pole and the seventh for Rubens.
"It was a very closely fought qualifying session, with fifteen cars all within the same second. Rubens drove a very good lap. It is great for him and for Ferrari to have taken pole here, in front of such an enthusiastic crowd. While his time is not far off that of those at the front, Michael only managed to take seventh place on the starting grid. Given the new regulations his chances are still intact. Bridgestone did a very good job. Tomorrow, we can expect a tough and demanding race in which the various strategies and the changeable weather conditions could play a key role."
"First of all, I must say I am very happy for Rubens, who has never had much luck here. It must be a wonderful feeling for him. As for myself, I did not manage a perfect lap, having made a small mistake in the first corner. Considering how close the times are, my grid position is the result of this small slip up. Seventh is not the best position, but we will have to see what strategy the cars in front of me have adopted. On top of that, the weather might change quickly and affect the outcome of the race. It will be a tough afternoon, but as usual I will try my best."
"I feel fantastic! Ever since I was a kid, all I wanted to do was to be here in a competitive car, waving at the crowd from pole position. It was great to see the reaction of the fans, even though I was keeping a close eye on Mark (Webber.) On my lap, I concentrated on not over-driving and not making any mistakes."
"Usually, I have the split times on my display, but today I wanted to be on my own out on the track and I asked the team to switch it off. I had a good run, but all that counts is tomorrow. The whole day will be a challenge and I know the pressure will build. But I am not worried about that and, like in a football match, you always play better at home. The weather? I will be asking my grandmother about that later."
"I am very happy for Rubens, who put in a really super lap. It's very exciting that he has taken pole position here in Brazil. We are looking forward to a great race from him tomorrow. Michael had a few difficulties, but I think we have a good car for the race. Now we can only wait and see what happens tomorrow."
Rubens Barrichello: 1st
F2002 chassis 223
Michael Schumacher: 7th
F2002 chassis 225