European GP: Bridgestone race notes

Rubens' day as Ferrari takes classic 1-2 A delighted Rubens Barrichello celebrated his second Formula 1 victory in the European Grand Prix, leading home his team-mate Michael Schumacher in a classic finish for Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro.

Rubens' day as Ferrari takes classic 1-2

A delighted Rubens Barrichello celebrated his second Formula 1 victory in the European Grand Prix, leading home his team-mate Michael Schumacher in a classic finish for Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro. The Brazilian led the race from the first lap after moving up from 4th place on the grid, passing not only his team-mate but also both Williams BMWs.

Meanwhile, Schumacher, who lost places at the start, was behind Barrichello by the third lap. From then on, the Ferrari duo, who were on a two-stop strategy, dominated the race finishing 46 seconds ahead of 3rd place Kimi Raikkonen. Felipe Massa scored an excellent point for Sauber Petronas in 6th place, stopping once for fresh Bridgestone tyres. His team-mate Nick Heidfeld was just out of the points in 7th place.

Ross Brawn - Technical Director - Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro

"Rubens made a great start and got the advantage, and Michael made a nice move to pass Ralf. The first lap was very exciting - we do enjoy our racing! Both drivers were on the same strategy and raced each other until after the second pit-stop when we asked them to ease off to look after the cars. Rubens richly deserved this victory. We had a tremendous race tyre. We were a bit surprised by the performance advantage we seemed to have in this morning's warm-up and that obviously continued in the race."

Hisao Suganuma - Technical Manager - Bridgestone Motorsport

"An excellent result for Bridgestone today which highlighted how well our tyres could perform in race conditions. At a track where there are a number of overtaking opportunities, qualifying position was not as crucial here as elsewhere. What was important, however, was having tyres that enabled our teams to run competitive strategies and to have a consistent performance throughout the race. Nevertheless, we will be working on improving our qualifying performance for the races coming up."

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Rubens Barrichello , Nick Heidfeld , Kimi Raikkonen , Ross Brawn , Felipe Massa
Teams Ferrari , Sauber , Williams