Malaysian GP Saturday Ferrari notes

Michael Schumacher: "This session was not as easy as it might have looked. I only did a few laps, because we did not have any more time after deciding to wait as the track is dirty here. It was better to save the tyres. The car was handling very...

Michael Schumacher:
"This session was not as easy as it might have looked. I only did a few laps, because we did not have any more time after deciding to wait as the track is dirty here. It was better to save the tyres. The car was handling very well. We slowly evolved and improved it over the past two days and we had the optimum balance for qualifying, as well as for the long runs in the race. My first run was not spot on. Then we tried changing the rear wing for the second run, but it was the wrong decision, so we went back to the original settings for my final attempt. Apart from a small mistake in the first sector, it was just right. With the championship decided, this is the ideal situation because there is no pressure. We race because we love it and you just drive to the limit for the fun of it. But we are still racing for the Constructors' title and that is very important for us, although I think it would take a miracle for us not to score those three points. Of course for the race, the important thing will be to finish, to have a good strategy and to adapt the car to have the right balance to suit the tyres. Being four and a half tenths quicker than the others means I am relaxed about tomorrow. I feel sorry for Rubens, because he has been struggling with bad flu all weekend."

Rubens Barrichello:
"After suffering with small health problems over the past few days, I gave it my all at the end of the session to do a great lap and I feel I succeeded. It's a shame both McLaren drivers went quicker than me, both by a very small margin. I am sure our car is very competitive. For tomorrow, we will try to improve the set-up still further and I hope to be feeling even better than today. I think it will be a very close race and it could all come down to the strategy. There is enough room to make up places at the start as the track is wide and there are also quite a few places where you can overtake. I think we will see a good race and I will be giving it my best shot to get a great result and help the team take the Constructors' title, which is so important to us."

Jean Todt:
"After winning the Drivers' Championship in Japan, today's performance shows our real determination to keep fighting to the very last moment of the season. It was a great pole from Michael and a very strong performance from Rubens, who unfortunately saw himself knocked off the front row in the final moments and only by 36 thousandths of a second. Now we are concentrating on the race, as we wish to end this great season for Ferrari on a high note. I am glad the start is an hour later than usual, as it means our fans in Italy and the rest of Europe will not have to get up quite as early as they did a fortnight ago! I was impressed with today's times which were down to the Bridgestone tyres. We have found more than two seconds compared with 1999. This shows the potential we will have next year."

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