Podium for Rubens while three out of four Bridgestone teams take points! A thrilling and eventful Monaco Grand Prix gave Rubens Barrichello a well earned third place podium this afternoon to consolidate his second place in the Drivers' ...
Podium for Rubens while three out of four Bridgestone teams take points!
A thrilling and eventful Monaco Grand Prix gave Rubens Barrichello a well earned third place podium this afternoon to consolidate his second place in the Drivers' Championship. Unfortunately for teammate Michael Schumacher, a race incident in the tunnel saw him crash out of the 78-lap race, bringing an end to his five-race winning streak. He does, however, remain at the top of the drivers' points table having established a significant lead.
Meanwhile, three other Bridgestone runners fared well this afternoon, showing the strength of the Bridgestone tyre package, as Sauber Petronas' Felipe Massa and Jordan Ford's Nick Heidfeld each scored points and Wilux Minardi Cosworth's Zsolt Baumgartner finished ninth to complete the runners who crossed the finishing line. The Formula One paddock now heads straight off to the Nurburgring in Germany for next weekend's European GP.
Hisao Suganuma Technical Manager Bridgestone Motorsport:
"A very good result for Rubens, he did well. I can't say I'm not a little disappointed for Michael because he had good pace and was on the right strategy. He actually set the fastest lap of the race. But, nevermind there will be plenty more opportunities. We had worked hard on our tyre performance for this weekend and I'm pleased with the results."
"There is always room for improvement but once again the characteristics of our tyres assisted our teams' strategies and three of them scored points. It was very rewarding to see both Felipe Massa and Nick Heidfeld finish in the points and Minardi had an encouraging result too to finish in the top ten. Overall, a good day's work."
Ross Brawn Technical Director Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro:
"Rubens did a very good job today to establish a third place podium as he had a car imbalance. Unfortunately, just as it looked as if things might go well, Michael was involved in an incident. We had thought he was in with a chance. Monaco, however, is an unusual track and not representative of the rest of the circuits we race on. We shall look ahead to the next race."
Willy Rampf Technical Director Sauber Petronas:
"Giancarlo's accident was very unfortunate as he was six places ahead of Felipe on the grid and Felipe finished fifth with four points. It would have been nice to have two drivers in the top six but it sometimes happens like that in motor racing! Felipe had a tough race on a two stop strategy but we were able to call him in during the Safety Car period 10 laps before his scheduled pitstop. The car was heavy with fuel and he did a long stint but the Bridgestone tyre was consistent to the end."
James Robinson Head of Race & Test Engineering Jordan Ford:
"That was a hard race - the usual Monaco packed with incidents! We basically kept our heads down, made a couple of good calls during the Safety Car periods and made the best possible use of the car and the Bridgestone tyres as we could. The tyres performed well during the race and we took two points. "