Ferrari ponders fuel loads

Michael Schumacher and Rubens Barrichello were less than happy with their performance in yesterday afternoon's qualifying session. The reigning world champion will start from the third row in fifth place, with his Brazilian team-mate lining up ...

Michael Schumacher and Rubens Barrichello were less than happy with their performance in yesterday afternoon's qualifying session. The reigning world champion will start from the third row in fifth place, with his Brazilian team-mate lining up behind him in seventh spot.

Both men felt they had driven good clean laps, but the cars did not deliver the speed required. While Schumacher felt that this was possibly due to the tyres not performing so well over a single lap because of the extra rubber on the track surface, compared with Thursday, the main unknown factor about the meaning of the grid positions is down to fuel.

If the cars higher up the grid than the Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro duo achieved their times in part thanks to a lighter fuel load, then theoretically, Michael and Rubens will be able to run a longer first stint in the race, which would be an advantage. The truth will only emerge when the cars make their first pit stops today.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Michael Schumacher , Rubens Barrichello
Teams Ferrari