Ferrari third and fifth Jean Todt: "Once again this season, we have witnessed a very closely contested qualifying session. The warm-up and qualifying provided our only real opportunity to run on a dry track. When it comes to evaluating what ...
Ferrari third and fifth
"Once again this season, we have witnessed a very closely contested qualifying session. The warm-up and qualifying provided our only real opportunity to run on a dry track. When it comes to evaluating what we saw on the track, we have to take into consideration the different fuel levels chosen for the start of the race. Although Michael's third place and Rubens' fifth is not the ideal situation, I am confident about our chances of having a good race. In terms of the championship, which reaches the halfway point here in Montreal, we know how important it is to pick up as many points as possible with both cars.'
"Considering the quality of my lap, I have to be happy with third place. It was not one of my better ones. Even if I had put together a perfect lap, I think it would have been difficult to get pole. We were very competitive in the wet, but in the dry it seems much closer, but of course the fuel loads will have clouded the picture a bit. I saw that Raikkonen was off the track, but I just concentrated on doing my job. I cannot ignore the fact that having him starting from the back of the grid is important in terms of the championship fight. We had some misfortune early on in the season and we can see that with the new rules, sometimes they work for you and sometimes against you. Consistency in terms of tyre performance will be important for tomorrow's race.'
"In this morning's free practice, I had a trouble free run in the wet. Then, in the warm-up, I had a few problems with the brakes. At the start of my qualifying flying lap, I flat-spotted the tyres and that affected the rest of my lap. Nevertheless, I believe I can have a good race. On this track, it is possible to overtake and make up some places. We will have to wait and see."
"It is a bit premature to say the Bridgestone tyres did not work as well in the dry as they did in the wet. In qualifying the track was obviously still green and so we will have to wait until tomorrow in race conditions to see what is the real situation. We have a good strategy and I am confident. Of course, we will have to keep an eye on the cars in front of us. Naturally, I am a little bit disappointed with the way qualifying went and I hope things will go better in the race, when I am sure we will be more competitive.'
Michael Schumacher: 3rd
1.16.047 3 laps
Rubens Barrichello: 5th
1.16.143 3 laps