Italian GP: Ferrari race notes

Thirteenth win of the season for Ferrari and its seventh one-two finish of the year. This was the Scuderia's fourteenth victory in the Italian Grand Prix, the 157th in its history. Rubens notched up his fourth career win, while, in coming second,...

Thirteenth win of the season for Ferrari and its seventh one-two finish of the year. This was the Scuderia's fourteenth victory in the Italian Grand Prix, the 157th in its history. Rubens notched up his fourth career win, while, in coming second, Michael Schumacher set a new record for the most number of points scored in a season (128.)

Jean Todt:

"This was a great triumph. We knew it would be a difficult race but our driver-car-Bridgestone tyre package proved to be fantastic. We had chosen different strategies for the two drivers in order to be able to tackle any situation created by our opponents. Everything worked well. The drivers put in an incredible performance and the team worked in a fantastic way to bring home a result which is all the greater because it was achieved in front of our fans and the staff of the Ferrari-Maserati Group. We have shown we are an exceptional team which still works with extraordinary motivation. We have great technical and commercial partners who contribute to our success and we also have great strength and stability which is the basis for what we have seen this year."

Rubens Barrichello:

"It is fantastic to get this great result in our home race, as everyone, the staff and the two test drivers are here in Monza. It is a great way to pay them all back for their hard work. I don't think we can ever expect to experience such a feeling again as we did on the podium with people as far as the eye could see. As for the race, I was a bit confused about how I got the lead. I saw Ralf slow down and I dived inside him. Then I slipstreamed Montoya and got past him too. It was the perfect lap and the car was just getting better all the time so I was able to push hard. I think two stops was the way to go today. I want to thank everyone especially the test team and also Bridgestone, who did a great job to bring such a good tyre for this weekend after last week's test. As we are at home, I guess we will have a big party tonight."

Michael Schumacher:

"Before this weekend, I did not want to think about the possibility of this result, because we have already done so much this year. But the one-two finish was the ideal dream result. I really enjoyed the podium ceremony. I could look all the way down the straight and it was just full of tifosi and that was an amazing feeling. I have plenty of experience of being on the podium, but I have never seen anything like this. It was a perfect day for all of us. I am aware that today I have another record, for the most number of points in one season, but it does not mean that much, given that the record was already mine. After the start, I had a few problems, but the second stint went well. Then, after Rubens' second stop, we slowed the pace a bit to spare the car and get to the finish."


Rubens Barrichello: 1st
1:16.19.982 53 laps
chassis no. 224


Michael Schumacher: 2nd
+ 0.255 53 laps
chassis no. 223

-ferrari-

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