German GP: Ferrari race notes

Tenth win of the season for Ferrari, the ninth with Michael Schumacher. It is the 17th German Grand Prix victory for the Scuderia, its first with Michael, who has now reached a career total of 72 wins. Jean Todt: "This is our tenth win of the...

Tenth win of the season for Ferrari, the ninth with Michael Schumacher. It is the 17th German Grand Prix victory for the Scuderia, its first with Michael, who has now reached a career total of 72 wins.

Jean Todt:

"This is our tenth win of the year, which is something Ferrari has only achieved once before in a single season, back in 2000. Michael dearly wanted to win here in Germany, in front of his home fans, having taken the title in Magny-Cours. The result came at the end of a very tough race. In difficult conditions and very high temperatures, our cars went well, as did the Bridgestone tyres."

"Just before the start we had some concerns about Rubens' race car, which had a transmission problem and so we decided to switch him to the spare. Then, Rubens had a refuelling problem, which meant that fourth was the best he could do, at the end of a race during which he gave his all. We continue to enjoy a dream time. With these 13 points we have increased our lead in the Constructors' classification to 65 points with five races remaining. Furthermore, we will continue to give all possible support to Rubens in the fight for second place in the Drivers' Championship."

Michael Schumacher:

"I have been dreaming of this result for a long time. We have enjoyed a lot of success with Ferrari in the past three years, but it seemed that Hockenheim was not supposed to be mine. It means a lot to me and seeing all the crowd on the slowing down lap was a dream come true, after winning the championship last week. Finally winning in Germany after being with Ferrari for seven years is just amazing after everything we have achieved this year. I can only thank God. The team did a fantastic job again. On the first stint, I had a tight battle with Ralf. I was worried about the tyres which were blistering and I had to fight to keep my advantage."

"On my second stint, the tyres were very good and I could attack consistently. Then, on the third stint, I could settle down and was able to slow more after Ralf had to pit. In the end, I just took it easy to bring the car home. Now I plan to relax with my family during the break and recharge my batteries for the rest of the season. We are approaching our second goal, of winning the Constructors' title."

Rubens Barrichello:

"It was a very difficult race. As I was going onto the grid, I felt there was something not quite right on the race car, so to be on the safe side we decided to take the spare. After the start, the car was going quite well, but it was not easy for me to try and get past Ralf. When I made my second pit-stop the fuel flap on the car did not open and that cost me precious time and a place on the podium. Once back on track, I concentrated on bringing the car home to pick up points for the Championship."


Michael Schumacher: 1st
1:27'52"078 67 laps
Chassis no. 221


Rubens Barrichello 4th
+ 23.195 67 laps
Chassis no. 219

-ferrari-

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