Two Ferraris on the second row Jean Todt "We were expecting a close battle and that's what we got. We have both cars on the second row and would have preferred to have done better. However, we are sure we can still have a good race. Michael...
Two Ferraris on the second row
"We were expecting a close battle and that's what we got. We have both cars on the second row and would have preferred to have done better. However, we are sure we can still have a good race. Michael had a transmission problem on his first out lap. This meant he had to take the spare car for the rest of the session and was unable to exploit all four runs at his disposal. Despite this, Michael was in the running for pole position right up to the last two corners on his third run. He missed it by a whisker and thus starts alongside his team-mate. It will be a tough race tomorrow and we will aiming to pick up as many points as possible for both championships. As usual, the tyres played an important role in qualifying and they will be even more important in the race."
"On my first run, my race car got stuck in gear, which is why I had to switch to the spare. We fine tuned it during the session, but it is impossible for me to say if I would have been quicker in my race car. On my final run, I was briefly quickest, but I made two little mistakes at the two final corners. I pushed too hard and just overdid it. I have no excuses and but for those mistakes I could have taken pole. As for the race, we have started in worse situations, so I will just have to deal with it. I am not worried about losing position to the McLarens behind me at the start."
"I have to say I am surprised at the performance of Williams. This morning I was not entirely happy with the overall car-tyre package, so we made some changes which improved the situation. It was not enough to get me to the front, but I am still in a good position for the race. I am confident for tomorrow, as we have often shown that we our very competitive in race trim."
"It was not a perfect qualifying session, but I still think it leaves us in a good position for tomorrow's race. We will now have to investigate the cause of the transmission problem on Michael's car, which meant he had to switch to the T-car. Initially, the balance on the spare was not as good and it took us a couple of runs to sort it out. We then had a shot at pole but it didn't quite come together. However, I think we will be pretty competitive tomorrow; certainly close enough to have a good race."
Michael Schumacher 3rd
1m 30.035 10 laps
chassis no. 221/219
Rubens Barrichello 4th
1m 30.387 12 laps
chassis no. 220