Malaysian GP: Bridgestone Saturday notes

Schumacher takes 4th Malaysian pole Michael Schumacher reinforced his dominance around the Sepang circuit by taking his 4th consecutive pole position in Malaysia and maintaining his record as the only driver to start the Malaysian Grand Prix ...

Schumacher takes 4th Malaysian pole

Michael Schumacher reinforced his dominance around the Sepang circuit by taking his 4th consecutive pole position in Malaysia and maintaining his record as the only driver to start the Malaysian Grand Prix from the front of the grid. Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro have won the grand prix every year, and are in a strong position for tomorrow's race with Schumacher's teammate Rubens Barrichello starting from third after he squeezed in a fast lap at the end of the session. Nick Heidfeld was the next best Bridgestone runner, in 7th place for Sauber Petronas.

Bridgestone Results
1st Michael Schumacher 1:35.266
3rd Rubens Barrichello 1:35.891
7th Nick Heidfeld 1:37.199
9th Giancarlo Fisichella 1:37.536
11th Heinz-Harald Frentzen 1:37.919
13th Jacques Villeneuve 1:38.039
14th Felipe Massa 1:38.057
15th Takuma Sato 1:38.141
16th Enrique Bernoldi 1:38.284
18th Olivier Panis 1:38.390

Hisao Suganuma, technical manager, Bridgestone Motorsport

"That was an excellent performance by Michael and Rubens also did a great job to finish 3rd. The tyres each team chose performed very well in qualifying for everybody and I believe we are in good shape for the race. It presents different issues from qualifying, but today we saw an improvement from yesterday in terms of wear and grip. I expect further improvement tomorrow."

Ross Brawn, technical director, Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro

"A much more exciting qualifying than we saw in Melbourne! Although we have not featured right at the front very much this weekend, I always felt we had the capacity to at least be challenging for pole position. We lost our way a little bit with Rubens during the session and he did a great job at the end to pull it back."

"He too is in a strong position for the race. The tyres were very good but in the race we are chasing a moving target in terms of what the track conditions. We will have to be careful tomorrow and I think it will be OK, but of course everyone is pushing their tyres to the limit, as you have to do if you want to be competitive."

Willy Rampf, technical director, Sauber Petronas

"Our 7th position behind the top three teams was a very good performance due in part to the Bridgestone tyres. I'm quite confident for the race. The starting position is so important so you concentrate on a good qualifying, then set up the car to be sensitive to the tyres."

Race Data Track Length: 5.543km (3.444 miles) - Race Distance: 304.865km (189.42 miles) - 2001 Race Winner: Michael Schumacher - 2001 Pole Position: Michael Schumacher


Temperature Ambient Track Weather
Morning 26-33C 28-40C Hot and hazy
Afternoon 33-35C 40-42 Hot and hazy

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Giancarlo Fisichella , Takuma Sato , Enrique Bernoldi , Michael Schumacher , Heinz-Harald Frentzen , Rubens Barrichello , Olivier Panis , Jacques Villeneuve , Nick Heidfeld , Ross Brawn , Felipe Massa
Teams Ferrari , Sauber