As a Brazilian, Rubens Barrichello is well used to the heat, but even he seemed happy to be in the shade at the Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro media motorhome, when he met the press this afternoon. Beginning by recapping events in Germany five days...
As a Brazilian, Rubens Barrichello is well used to the heat, but even he seemed happy to be in the shade at the Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro media motorhome, when he met the press this afternoon. Beginning by recapping events in Germany five days ago, Barrichello confirmed that his main problem was lack of grip from the tyres throughout the race.
"Now, what we need here is a tyre that is good for both qualifying and the race, while in Hockenheim, it was clear that Michael's tyre choice was good on Saturday afternoon but less so in the race." He believes that tyres will once again play a key role this weekend. "It is fair to say we do not have the best overall car package on the grid at the moment," he conceded.
"But, this track is very tough on tyres and if we see others struggling with tyre wear and pace towards the end of the race, we should be in a position to overtake here, unlike in Monaco for example."
With only one week having passed since the last grand prix, the Ferrari man confirmed that the only change this weekend could come from the tyres. "But this is a tough track, even if we have won races and secured championship titles here. We must wait until the end of tomorrow's practice to get a better idea where we stand."
On being informed that Fernando Alonso has a birthday this weekend, Rubens joked: "How old is he? 19?" And asked if he had a present for the championship leader, he added, "Well, I would give him a nice gift, in exchange for a place on the podium!"
Michael Schumacher followed his team-mate in front of the world's press. The first question concerned a comment from Renault, who had said they no longer consider the German a threat to Alonso's title hopes. "Over the last three races they would be absolutely right," agreed the Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro driver.
However, asked if he might win races before the end of this year, the reigning champion was more positive: "We should, we will, we can," he declared. But he also confirmed that he no longer considered the Drivers' title a possibility for 2005. "It is obvious that there is of course next year and I will be aiming for the next championship title as this year it is not possible."
Schumacher insisted he had not given up nor was he downhearted. "The worst two moments of the year so far have been Malaysia and Silverstone, but the feeling inside is just the same as before, the only difference is that we are just not competitive at the moment and unless there is a miracle, this Sunday's race will not be so different to the last three."