Canadian GP: Ferrari race notes

Sixth win of the season for Ferrari, the 150th in the Scuderia's history. It is also the ninth win in the Canadian Grand Prix, a fourth for Michael Schumacher and his fortieth with Ferrari. Jean Todt: "This was a great result today. The team...

Sixth win of the season for Ferrari, the 150th in the Scuderia's history. It is also the ninth win in the Canadian Grand Prix, a fourth for Michael Schumacher and his fortieth with Ferrari.

Jean Todt:

"This was a great result today. The team did a fantastic job and the cars were at the best on a track which is very tough in reliability terms. Both the Bridgestone tyres and the Brembo brakes performed very well. We dedicate this win to all those back in Maranello, who work day and night to make this result possible. A special thought goes to Gianni Agnelli. Knowing the affection and passion he has for Ferrari, I am sure he will have watched the race attentively and enjoyed the result. We hope to see him back with us at a race track soon, to encourage us as he has always done, through the good times and especially the bad."

"As for the race, we had adopted a more aggressive strategy with Rubens, who was on a two-stop. It's a shame that the arrival of the Safety Car on lap 14 prevented him from getting the most out of it. With two laps remaining, we asked Rubens to slow the pace to avoid any possible brake problems. It was better to consolidate third place than to come away empty handed."

Michael Schumacher:

"I am very happy with this result and the package we had today. Ferrari's 150th win is very special and I take this opportunity to thank our test team. They are always in the background and I am very happy to have these guys behind me. All of them, Luca Badoer, Luciano Burti and all the engineers and mechanics do a fantastic job. I did not expect Rubens to come past me so quickly at the start but he was on the clean side of the track and had a better end to his acceleration. I knew he was on a two stop so I did not make life difficult."

"The Safety Car worked in my favour, even if I don't understand why they had to use it. I kept a good pace as we knew Montoya was on a two stop, but I could not ease up until I knew I would be in front of him after his second stop. The engine was very strong and gave us good straight line speed. In the final laps I slowed down to save the car and brakes."

Rubens Barrichello:

"For the start, I was on the clean side of the track and my reaction time was good and so I had a fantastic start. Seeing Montoya's pace I thought he was on a two stop like me. Then, I had an opportunity when he ran wide. I was already alongside, when he moved over on me and I got a wheel on the grass, but I had to take the chance to pass him. Then the Safety Car ruined my race and I don't see why it was used as it would be impossible to hit the BAR where it was parked."

"I lost a bit of time with my pit stop when they cleaned the side pods, but not much. As for the incident at the chicane with Coulthard, at that point I could have braked and taken the corner, but when you see someone go outside you going quickly you can't let it happen so I got off the brakes. If there had been a wall there we would have both made the corner. I knew that two stops might be risky with a possible Safety Car, but I was comfortable with my two stop strategy as I was prepared to push and try and win the race."


Michael Schumacher 1st
70 laps
chassis no. 221


Rubens Barrichello: 3rd
70 laps
chassis no. 222

-ferrari-

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Luciano Burti , Luca Badoer , Michael Schumacher , Rubens Barrichello , Jean Todt
Teams Ferrari