Malaysian GP: Bridgestone race notes

Michael dominates in Malaysian heat on Bridgestone Potenzas Bridgestone gave its rivals something to think about this weekend after reigning champion Michael Schumacher stormed to his second lights-to-flag victory of the season in the sweltering...

Michael dominates in Malaysian heat on Bridgestone Potenzas

Bridgestone gave its rivals something to think about this weekend after reigning champion Michael Schumacher stormed to his second lights-to-flag victory of the season in the sweltering Malaysian heat. After an action packed race, Schumacher now has a seven point championship lead over teammate Rubens Barrichello, who took a well earned fourth place finish at the 5.543km Sepang circuit.

This has given the Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro team a 16 point lead in the constructors' championship. Bridgestone's Potenza Formula One tyres have been noticeably competitive this week and in addition to the Ferrari team's success, Felipe Massa's first point of the season has given both Sauber Petronas and Bridgestone a great deal of satisfaction.

Hisao Suganuma, Technical Manager Bridgestone Motorsport:

"A fantastic sight to see Michael on the top spot of the podium it really showed that the Bridgestone tyre performance was consistent and quick in these tough conditions. Track temperatures were in the forties and still we had a strong performance. We understand there is still need to improve and we shall work hard and continue to bring new compounds to further races. However, there is no doubt that this week was a turning point our rivals can expect us to be strong this year even if we have a scorching European summer."

"I'm also delighted that Felipe Massa was able to take a point. The tyres worked strongly in conjunction with the Sauber cars it was great to see. Nick Heidfeld had an unfortunate retirement but we were pleased to see that generally, the Bridgestone cars were strong enough to last the distance."

Ross Brawn, Technical Director Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro:

"A great race and in some ways, being able to win here means more than the win in Australia because of the conditions. I think Bridgestone has done a fantastic job. When you think back to our performance in previous years then really this win is down to them. It was certainly a tough race the tyres were good in different parts of the session but very good towards the end of each sector and Michael was able to build a gap when he needed to. We've got a tough year ahead of us but [today's win] is a good sign and it was great to win in these conditions."

Willy Rampf, Technical Director Sauber Petronas:

"We learn with each event more about the car and overall we had very little problems. The new Bridgestone tyres are a good step forward, this latest generation is a real step up in performance. We had a very good test in Imola and we know that in the past, at a track like this in very high temperatures, our rivals have had an advantage, but that was not the case here, which is very promising for the coming races."

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Michael Schumacher , Rubens Barrichello , Nick Heidfeld , Ross Brawn , Felipe Massa
Teams Ferrari , Sauber