Jean Todt: "This was a difficult race for us as we had Michael retiring after a run of nine great races, which brought us six wins and three second places. However, Rubens finished on the podium with a great third place which is important for the...
Jean Todt: "This was a difficult race for us as we had Michael retiring after a run of nine great races, which brought us six wins and three second places. However, Rubens finished on the podium with a great third place which is important for the Constructors' Championship. It's clear that the battle from now on will be between three teams and two tyre manufacturers. It will be a very open season. Our choice of tyres made yesterday did not bring us the result we had expected. At first inspection, Michael's car had a problem on the left front corner, which damaged the rim, allowing the air out of the tyre. Now, we will check all the relevant components in order to understand the problem. Already tomorrow we will be back working in preparation for the Spanish Grand Prix where new regulations come into force. We will test for one day at Fiorano and three days in Mugello."
Rubens Barrichello: "We had a great strategy, but I made a slow start with too much wheelspin. I could comfortably follow everyone and I didn't know how often the cars in front of me would stop. So I pushed and tried to overtake but it is very difficult to do that at Imola. I was losing time behind Hakkinen, but I stayed out for three more laps after he pitted and that meant I could push hard and do some quick times. Our strategy involved going late for the first stop and we had to gamble a bit because of my grid position. Then the team did a great job in the pits. It was actually a great race for me as I started so far back. I don't know what Michael's problem was. So when I saw him run wide, I took my chance. I was happy with the balance of my car all weekend. I think this was one of my best races in terms of being consistent and overtaking cars."
Michael Schumacher: "I am very happy for Ralf. He has shown strongly in the past and he has also had some bad luck. But this time everything went well and he did it in style. This is the first time that two brothers have won F1 grands prix. We have both achieved our goal and our parents will be very proud. As for myself, you can't win all the races. Unfortunately, I did not make a good start today. Montoya and Panis were able to pass me because I had brief problem with the gearchange system. This is definitely not one of my best weekends. It was a hard race right from the start and it ended in the worst possible way when I retired on lap 25, because of what, at first sight, seems to be a problem on the left front corner. Honestly, I have to say our rivals have made up the advantage we had over them. There is still a long way to go this season and I am sure we will be very competitive at the highest level."