Second race of the season and a second pole position for Ferrari. Today's is the Scuderia's 150th pole and the 44th for Michael Schumacher who has been on pole for all four Malaysian Grands Prix held to date. Jean Todt Team Principal "A great...
Second race of the season and a second pole position for Ferrari. Today's is the Scuderia's 150th pole and the 44th for Michael Schumacher who has been on pole for all four Malaysian Grands Prix held to date.
Jean Todt Team Principal
"A great qualifying from Michael and Rubens. As we had expected, it turned out to be a very close fight. Michael managed to take pole using just three sets of tyres, while Rubens snatched third place on his very last run. The performance of the Bridgestone tyres was excellent. This is the second pole for the modified F2001, which ran very well. Tomorrow should see a closely contested race and we feel we have everything in place to obtain a good result."
"The fact that the pole time is slower than last year is surprising, but the important thing is that I am quickest. Maybe I could have gone quicker if I had waited to the very end of the session, but we chose to start my last run at that time because it seemed the best moment to avoid the traffic. This pole is the result of the good preparation job we did yesterday and I think I can say the car was perfect. After Australia, everyone was saying it was going to be easy for us, but today proved the situation is tight and I think it will be an interesting race tomorrow. Our tyre choice for the race is very good, so I am confident, but not as confident as in Australia. The weather could be a big factor as there is a chance of showers, so it is difficult to predict what will happen."
"I am happy with my final lap time, even though one always thinks one can go quicker. At the start of the session I took time to find the right set-up as the car had felt more together in the morning on old tyres. The first change we made was not an improvement, but we got it right in the end, getting rid of the understeer and the braking difficulties I had felt earlier in the session. I am happy I got the speed out of the car and managed to move a bit nearer the front of the grid. It was very tight for time at the end and that meant there was more pressure. But the track was quicker at the end and then it was a matter of getting a clear lap."
Ross Brawn Technical Director
"The Bridgestone tyres were very good today and I am very satisfied with their performance. Rubens was a bit behind in the beginning, but he did a fantastic job to catch up. It is very encouraging that he managed to take third. I think we are in good shape for tomorrow. Now we will have to study all the data to be as well prepared as possible for the race. The qualifying session was great, both in terms of the performance of the drivers and that of the team. It was a more exciting session than in Melbourne, with a good battle between us and our rivals."
Michael Schumacher 1st
1m 35.266 9 laps
Chassis No. 215
Rubens Barrichello 3rd
1m 35.891 12 laps
Chassis No. 216