Sao Paulo, Saturday 10th April, 1999 Brazilian Grand Prix: Qualifying Stewart-Ford driver Rubens Barrichello qualified third for his home Grand Prix - just behind the two McLaren's. He was third fastest after his first and second flying laps...
Sao Paulo, Saturday 10th April, 1999 Brazilian Grand Prix: Qualifying
Stewart-Ford driver Rubens Barrichello qualified third for his home Grand Prix - just behind the two McLaren's. He was third fastest after his first and second flying laps before being displaced by Michael Schumacher. Then with one stunning final lap at the end of the session he regained third spot on the grid from the Ferrari driver.
Johnny Herbert was 10th fastest and believes he is well placed to finish in the points in tomorrow's race.
RUBENS BARRICHELLO Car No.16 (SF3-04) Time: 1:17.305 Position: 3rd 'I feel fantastic! The car felt great throughout the session and its nice for me to come to my home circuit and perform well in front of my fans. I could certainly feel the emotion out there. I just had to tell myself not to wave to the crowd before I got the job done. What I achieved today is a credit to the team and shows that Melbourne was no fluke. I thought I drove the best qualifying lap I possibly could last year and qualified 13th.Today I drove just as good a lap and qualified third so that shows how much we have improved. What we need now in the race is reliability which obviously all teams struggle with at the start of the season. Let's just hope the angels are kind to me tomorrow.'
JOHNNY HERBERT Car No.17 (SF3-03) Time: 1:18.374 Position: 10th
'Rubens' brilliant performance today clearly illustrated what the car and engine is capable of and I'm very happy for Rubens and the whole team. I didn't do as well as I should have done but I'm fairly confident of a points finish tomorrow because I have been on the pace with heavy fuel tanks and I am pleased with the set up.'
PAUL STEWART, SGP Deputy Chairman
'Certainly it was an exciting and satisfying qualifying session from our point of view. The fact that Rubens was able to respond and go quicker than Michael Schumacher when it really mattered to take third spot on the grid was a brilliant effort. He certainly delivered today. Obviously it would have been nice to have Johnny higher up on the grid but to have both cars in the top 10 is a tremendous improvement relative to last year.'
MARTIN WHITAKER, Director, Ford Racing, Europe
'Today's performance underlines the true potential of the Stewart-Ford team and demonstrates more than ever that huge strides have been made over the last few months. It is particularly satisfying to see the gap between ourselves and the pace setters coming down. This is undoubtedly Rubens' day but everyone at Stewart Grand Prix, Cosworth Racing and Visteon can be justifiably proud of their achievements. The statement made in our qualifying pace is clear. Now we must focus on turning top 10 qualifying positions into Championship points.'