Monte Carlo, 16th May Michael Schumacher: first, 78 laps, 1h 49m 31.812s Eddie Irvine: second, + 30.476s Luca di Montezemolo "Yesterday I said it did not matter that we were not on pole. Today we saw a demonstration of superiority from two ...
Monte Carlo, 16th May
Michael Schumacher: first, 78 laps, 1h 49m 31.812s Eddie Irvine: second, + 30.476s
Luca di Montezemolo "Yesterday I said it did not matter that we were not on pole. Today we saw a demonstration of superiority from two magnificent drivers as well as from the cars and the team. We were dominant from start to finish. All our staff, technical partners, sponsors and fans deserve this great victory."
Jean Todt "This is fantastic. Everything went well for us all weekend. The drivers and all the team, both here at the track and back in Maranello did a great job. Monaco is a very hard track on the cars, but everything went well. We can enjoy this result until tomorrow morning, because we must already think about the next race, which will be very touch. We have now completed the first quarter of the season. The road ahead will still be long and hard. Bridgestone did a great job and we are working together better and better with each passing race. The team is determined and united and we know that not all races will be as good as this one, but for the moment, let's celebrate this marvellous result."
Michael Schumacher "Ferrari coming first and second in Monaco which is such an unique race on the calendar, is the best thing you can do in Formula 1. Making the best start allowed us to adopt our planned strategy. I had to push hard before my pit stop to build up a big enough gap. After that I was able to take it easy and just bring the car home. My compliments go to all the other drivers who played it fair and square when I came up to pass them. Being a Ferrari driver is special. Winning with Ferrari is extra special and being the most successful Ferrari drive is something I will probably only appreciate when I retire and look back on my career. This circuit might have suited us better than Barcelona, but we have an intensive development programme to work on before the Spanish Grand Prix. It is a nice feeling to go to the next race with this cushion in the points table."
Eddie Irvine "Qualifying well here is important but having a good car for the race is just as vital and my car was good today. I had to get past Coulthard at the start, otherwise he would have slowed me down. We were so close in qualifying and after the morning warm-up I had an idea I would be able to narrow the gap in the race. For the first 20 laps, my car was doing strange things and wobbling, as if the tyre pressures were wrong. But then, as the fuel load went down, the car got better and better and I was able to attack Mika and pass him in the pit stops. My one mistake came at the chicane and that is the only part of this track where you can make a mistake and get away with it. As for the strategy, we looked at various situations. The two stops went well and I was able to close the gap when we ran into traffic. Now we need to work on the aerodynamics to be more competitive in Barcelona."
Chassis: Schumacher no. 192, Irvine no. 191 Temperatures: air 20-22 C, track 37-40 C