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Michael Schumacher: 1st, 1:42:00.307, 67 laps, chassis no. 200 Rubens Barrichello: 4th, -1 lap, 66 laps, chassis no. 202 This was the fourth win of the season for Ferrari and for Michael Schumacher. It was the Scuderia Ferrari's first European...

Michael Schumacher: 1st, 1:42:00.307, 67 laps, chassis no. 200
Rubens Barrichello: 4th, -1 lap, 66 laps, chassis no. 202

This was the fourth win of the season for Ferrari and for Michael Schumacher. It was the Scuderia Ferrari's first European Grand Prix victory, their 129th win in total.

Jean Todt:
"As we expected, this was a difficult race because of the changing weather over the course of the weekend. We were competitive in both the wet and the dry. This is down to all the hard work accomplished by the team and the drivers. This is Michael's fourth win of the season and it means we maintain our lead in both championships. We adopted a riskier strategy for Rubens, putting him on three stops in the hope of making up for the time lost just prior to his first stop. But overtaking proved very difficult in these conditions. Nevertheless, he still managed to finish a fine fourth after a great drive."

Michael Schumacher:
"This is one of the best days of my life because it is the first time I have won in Germany with Ferrari. I have seen my fans standing here for three days in this bad weather and I hope this win has warmed their hearts a bit. I knew we were strong but that it would also be a tough fight. It was also interesting and enjoyable. Everything was perfect and the car worked well in the rain. The only critical point was when it started to rain. None of us in the front wanted to pit as it was not clear if this was for real. As soon as we saw others going faster on rain tyres then I came in immediately. I had some problems with aquaplaning, especially towards the end, as by then I had done over 30 laps on the same tyres. In the past I have dreamed of going to Monaco with this sort of lead. Sometimes dreams come true! I have gone well at Monaco in the past and I hope that will happen again."

Rubens Barrichello:
"I am a bit disappointed as I could have done better than fourth. The race was difficult mainly because of the lack of visibility caused by the rain. The car was good except that I had a small problem with my down-shifts. My initial thought is that maybe I stayed out one lap too long on dry tyres. The three stop strategy which meant I had to overtake slower cars in poor visibility was not ideal, but it was definitely the quickest way to make up lost time. I had been looking forward to a closely fought race for some time now. Maybe I should have been on the podium today."

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Michael Schumacher , Rubens Barrichello , Jean Todt
Teams Ferrari