Malaysian Grand Prix Jean Todt "After yesterday's qualifying performance, today's result can only be described as disappointing. It was a shame for Rubens, who for the second time in a row has failed to score points. Today, he could ...
Malaysian Grand Prix
"After yesterday's qualifying performance, today's result can only be described as disappointing. It was a shame for Rubens, who for the second time in a row has failed to score points. Today, he could have finished at least second. Now we have to find out what happened to the engine on his car as this sort of problem is unusual for us. Michael's race was naturally conditioned by the first corner incident. This is the second time that an incident immediately after the start has cost us dear. Michael left the pits in last place and gave the race his all from then on, to end up on the third step of the podium. We knew this year's championship would be very close and that has been proved today. It is a great battle between great teams, great engine manufacturers and tyre companies. However, we must not forget that we have yet to race the F2002 which should be quicker than the modified F2001, even if that car has proved to be pretty competitive. Finally, I am happy that Sauber has scored points here in Malaysia."
"That was an exciting race and my car was reliable and consistent. As far as the accident was concerned, maybe Juan could have given me more room, but he chose not to and we just touched. That's racing. It was only a little touch, but I had to pit to change the front wing. As for the rules regarding penalties, I think they should be made more consistent, although that might be difficult to achieve. I decided to push right to the end and if I had not, probably I would not have caught Button, who obviously had a problem. We have brought the old car to the first two races and did not really expect to have 14 points in our account at this stage. So to pick up 4 today is fine and I am happy and relaxed about it. From my point of view, given that I had to fight through the field, a two stop strategy was the right one."
"I gave it my best shot. I made a good start and managed to stay on the clean side of the track and avoid the accident taking place in front of me. I think the choice of a two stop strategy was the right one for us, because we might have had tyre problems doing just one stop. Given the performance of our main rival's car-tyre package, I think I could have finished at least in second place, which would have been pretty good."
Michael Schumacher 3rd
+61.795 56 laps
chassis no. 215
Rubens Barrichello: R (retired)
chassis no. 216
Temperatures: air 34/32C, track 47/44C