Two Ferrari fastest in the first qualifying session Jean Todt: "A very good start to our home grand prix, in front of our fans. At the moment things are going the right way, but we should not get carried away with this theoretical all-red...
Two Ferrari fastest in the first qualifying session
"A very good start to our home grand prix, in front of our fans. At the moment things are going the right way, but we should not get carried away with this theoretical all-red front row. The results of the first qualifying session confirm the potential of the F2002. Bridgestone has done a very good job, providing us with a tyre which is very quick over a flying lap. Now we must work on making the right choice for the second qualifying and the race, both in terms of tyres and strategy."
"It's great to have both cars on the front row today. We thought we could get this result, but the opposition, particularly Williams is very close. We think we have a good car for the rest of this weekend and I think it is capable of winning. I hope so for all the tifosi. We always knew that Malaysia and Brazil would be difficult for us, as has been the case last year. Back then, we came to Imola and had the upper hand. For the moment, It seems to be the case this year too. Given our experience with the F2002, racing it here seems to have been a good decision so far."
"It was a normal day, trying a variety of changes on the car this morning. We concentrated on comparing the two types of tyre Bridgestone has brought here for us. This afternoon, I made a very slight mistake on my quick lap. Second place and the overall performance of the F2002 make me pretty confident for tomorrow and the rest of the weekend."
"This afternoon's performance is a good start to the weekend for us and it is nice to be first and second again. Michael went off the track this morning, but the lack of track timer is not a problem, as we tested extensively here last February. The mechanics did a good job in repairing the damage quickly. The cars seem to be well balanced. The tyres worked well over the single flying lap, but we still have more work to do tomorrow, to make our final choice. At the moment, there is a slight chance of rain on Sunday, so we could be back on the wets again."
Michael Schumacher 1st
1.20.628 3 laps
F2002 chassis 225
Rubens Barrichello 2nd
1.21.082 3 laps
F2002 chassis 223