French GP: Ferrari race notes

Michael is third after his brother Ralf and Montoya Jean Todt: "As we had expected, this was a difficult race. Michael managed to limit the damage in the Drivers' championship with his third place finish, while Rubens' two points helped us to...

Michael is third after his brother Ralf and Montoya

Jean Todt:

"As we had expected, this was a difficult race. Michael managed to limit the damage in the Drivers' championship with his third place finish, while Rubens' two points helped us to maintain the lead in the Constructors.' Undoubtedly, the balance of power in the last four races between ourselves and the BMW, Williams, Michelin package has shifted in their favour. Both Championships' are now wide open. With six races remaining, there are four drivers within 17 points and three teams covered by 18."

"Now we are about to tackle a week of testing, the last before the summer break and it will be very important. We will be in action at Mugello, Barcelona and Fiorano, working along with Bridgestone, on the entire package. We will put all our efforts into improving the situation, with the aim of maintaining our lead in both Championships to the very end of the season."

Michael Schumacher:

"We realised earlier in the weekend that we were not going to be as competitive here as we had expected, so third place was probably the best I could do. At the start, Kimi got ahead because he made a better start: we will have to see if it was my reaction time or something on the car. David nearly came past as well and we ran side by side for a couple of corners which was exciting. I got back ahead of the two McLarens, because they pitted earlier for the first two stops, so we knew they would have to take on a heavier fuel load at the end."

"I pushed hard at that point and that gave me the advantage. The car was as good as it could have been, although I struggled a bit on the second set of tyres. We have a good car, but so has BMW-Williams. Of course we are aware of the situation, but we will now work very hard with Bridgestone to improve the situation. We are definitely not going through a crisis. I have extended my championship lead over Kimi and I am confident we can put an end to this current run of poor results."

Rubens Barrichello:

"I got my line wrong at the new chicane at the end of the first lap, as I was unsighted because I was following Alonso's Renault in front of me very closely. When I turned, I went up on the kerb, the car didn't want to respond and all I can say is that it was my mistake. My chances of a good result ended at that moment. For the rest of the race, I tried to climb back through the field, making the most of the change to a two stop strategy. I managed to do just that and at least I picked up a couple of valuable points for the Constructors' championship."

Ross Brawn:

"Given the situation, we can be satisfied with Michael's third place. It was a shame for Rubens, whose car was going well. After his spin, we changed the strategy and at least we managed to get him home in the points. We were not competitive enough today. We still lead both championships, but our advantage in the Constructors' is now much reduced. We know we have to work around the 360 degrees of the whole package. As from next Tuesday, we will be running in Barcelona, Mugello and finally at Fiorano to try out new solutions on the car and with the tyres.'

Michael Schumacher: 3rd
+ 19.568 70 laps
chassis 229

Rubens Barrichello 7th
+ 1 lap 69 laps
chassis 230

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Michael Schumacher , Rubens Barrichello , Ross Brawn , Jean Todt
Teams Ferrari , McLaren , Williams