Japanese GP: Ferrari Saturday qualifying notes

Rubens in pole in a qualifying where rain rules the order Eighth pole position of the season, the third with Rubens Barrichello. It is the seventh time that a Scuderia car starts from the number one slot on the grid for the Japanese Grand Prix.

Rubens in pole in a qualifying where rain rules the order

Eighth pole position of the season, the third with Rubens Barrichello. It is the seventh time that a Scuderia car starts from the number one slot on the grid for the Japanese Grand Prix. This is pole number 166th for Ferrari and Rubens' ninth.

Jean Todt:

"The changing weather conditions turned qualifying into a lottery. This has resulted in a rather unusual grid, although with Rubens we have a Ferrari on pole position. He drove a great lap just before the rain intensified. Michael was the third from last driver to go for his timed lap and the last man to complete his run. This explains his fourteenth position."

"The two championships will be decided in tomorrow's race. We know what we have to do to defend our positions. It is obvious that, especially because of predictions for more uncertain weather, much will depend on making the right choices at the right time. The changes to the regulations introduced at the start of the year were designed to add an element of unpredictability to qualifying and here in Suzuka that is exactly what has happened."

Rubens Barrichello:

"This was definitely my best ever qualifying lap at Suzuka. This morning, although the car was good on used tyres, I was not happy with it on new tyres. But we made changes which improved it a lot in time for the warm-up. I drove an aggressive lap even though it was already spitting and I attacked the Esses section hard. I was alright on the fast section, but I braked a bit conservatively into the chicane, as by then there was a lot of water on my visor."

"I do not feel under any pressure and tomorrow I just plan to enjoy the race. If I win, then for Michael the job is done and with me and Juan Pablo on the front and Michael and Ralf further back it should be interesting for the Constructors."

Michael Schumacher:

"It was an interesting session, as the varying weather meant that track conditions were inconsistent. I am very happy that Rubens is on pole, as it is good for him, for the team, for the Constructors' championship and even for my situation in the Drivers.' The session could have been much worse for me and I think that Kimi was also affected a bit by the rain. Tomorrow the forecast is for mixed conditions, which could suit us."

Ross Brawn:

"We are very happy with Rubens' performance as he drove a really good lap. Michael's position is all down to the rain which was timed badly for his run, even if he was not as badly affected as the last two runners. His time was quite impressive considering how damp it was. They say it should be wet again tomorrow, but we will need to check as the forecast is changing a lot. We are in a good position for tomorrow, as Rubens is on pole and Kimi is not so far ahead of Michael, so I think we have a good chance for both championships. The Bridgestone tyres looked very good in these difficult conditions."

Rubens Barrichello: 1st
1.31.713 3 laps
chassis 233

Michael Schumacher: 14th
1.34.302 3 laps
chassis 229

-ferrari-

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