Michael Schumacher: first, 1m 39.688, 8 laps, F399 chassis no. 195 Eddie Irvine: second, 1m 40.635, 8 laps, F399 chassis no. 196 Jean Todt "It is great that the first time we have had both cars on the front row should coincide with Michael's...
Michael Schumacher: first, 1m 39.688, 8 laps, F399 chassis no. 195 Eddie Irvine: second, 1m 40.635, 8 laps, F399 chassis no. 196
Jean Todt "It is great that the first time we have had both cars on the front row should coincide with Michael's return to racing. Eddie did a great job, especially when compared to his main rivals. We decided not to use all our laps in order to save our tyres. We have completed the first stage, but tomorrow will be more important. We have always said we had to qualify well in order to defend our chances in both championships and today we have done just that. However, tomorrow we will see a hard and tactical race. I am very happy for the team, because after some difficult times we can enjoy this moment until tomorrow. Changeable weather conditions and the high temperatures not normally experienced in Formula 1 could have an effect on the race."
Michael Schumacher "I expected we would be strong here, but to be one second ahead is surprising. The team had already made a tremendous effort to improve the car before the last race, but the unusual circumstances at the Nurburgring hid this fact. It is a combination of better mechanical set up and some aerodynamic development. Physically, I am in good condition, my neck is fine and I have no worries for the race. I will probably need a drink in the car as I will sweat a lot, but the fact the car handles nicely will make it easier to drive. I only did 8 laps as I could see my time would not be beaten and I wanted to keep as many tyres as possible to have greater flexibility in the race. As for the race, I plan to go flat out to the finish, then we will see what the positions are. Of course, if I am in front at the end with Eddie behind me, then I will let him through. I want to thank the team for a great job and I am also very happy that my wife Corinna is here with me as she has been a great help since my accident."
Eddie Irvine "An all Ferrari front row is not bad for tomorrow. The car is pretty much the same as before the Nurburgring, but this is the first time we have shown its full potential. It is a big step forward. I might have gone quicker with another run, but tomorrow is more important than being a hero today. I chose to save my tyres for the race."
Temperatures: air 32 C, track 53-58 C