Hungarian GP: Ferrari Friday notes

Ferraris fastest in free practice Jean Todt: "After a break of about 15 days, it is a good feeling to be on track again, especially in what has been such a positive season for us. We came to Budapest having already taken the Drivers' title...

Ferraris fastest in free practice

Jean Todt:

"After a break of about 15 days, it is a good feeling to be on track again, especially in what has been such a positive season for us. We came to Budapest having already taken the Drivers' title with Michael Schumacher two races ago and now we have two more objectives: winning the Constructors' Championship and taking second place in the Drivers' classification with Rubens Barrichello. We are close to our first objective, given we have a considerable lead, which means we could wrap it up here in Budapest."

"As for Rubens, he has to make up a five point gap. Today, we worked on car set-up and on a comparison programme between the two types of tyre available. As far as the latter is concerned, it seems that Bridgestone has done a very good job, which will put us in a strong position for both qualifying and the race. Tomorrow, we will be aiming to get both our cars on the front two rows. We know how important the grid position is on this, the second slowest track on the calendar, after Monaco, given that overtaking is very difficult."

Michael Schumacher:

"We looked quite strong today. However, we have seen situations like this before, when we have been dominant on Friday but failed to get pole on Saturday. So, I want to wait until tomorrow and see what happens, but we definitely have a good package here, especially as the Bridgestone tyres seem to be very strong here, just as they were last year in Hungary. It feels good to be driving again after our short break and I am enjoying it, especially after a troublefree day like this one."

Rubens Barrichello:

"The day went well. As expected, the track is dirty after the rain that fell in recent days. The car set-up was good this morning, but I was less happy with it in the afternoon. All in all, I am happy with the work we have done and I think I can fight for a place on the front two rows tomorrow. It is very important to have a good grid position here as overtaking is just about impossible."

Ross Brawn:

"It was a messy session as the track was dirty and every time our drivers went out, it seemed as though they were driving a different car. It was difficult to make changes to the car as the track conditions changed a great deal and also because of cars going off the track. This also made it difficult to run our tyre assessment programme. But we know we have a competitive package for the weekend."


Michael Schumacher
1st 1:16.346 41 laps
chassis no. 221


Rubens Barrichello
2nd 1:16.952 36 laps
chassis no. 220

-ferrari-

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