Third victory this season for Ferrari and Michael Schumacher. It is the fifth time the Scuderia has won here, Michael's third and the 56th of his career. For Ferrari this is win number 147 from 657 Grand Prix starts. Jean Todt: "To get a...
Third victory this season for Ferrari and Michael Schumacher. It is the fifth time the Scuderia has won here, Michael's third and the 56th of his career. For Ferrari this is win number 147 from 657 Grand Prix starts.
"To get a one-two finish in a home race is fantastic. Today we saw two exceptional drivers, a great team and extraordinary Bridgestone tyres. Thanks to this result, Michael has increased his lead in the Drivers' classification, while Ferrari is back in the lead of the Constructors' championship. We know that not all weekends will be like this and so we will keep our feet on the ground and continue to work hard because there is still a long way to go this season. Now, we can get home quickly as we are just a few kilometres from Maranello, to celebrate this great result."
"There are many reasons to be proud today. We failed here last year and now we have given something back to the tifosi. It was a special grand prix for me and I'm proud of the way it went. It was right that Rory Byrne should be on the podium. He is unique, very motivated and a great person. I seem to have worked with him for most of my F1 career. Of course this result is not all down to him as it is a team effort but he is the main designer."
"We did not expect to be so dominant today after a close qualifying and I thought the race might be more difficult. Bridgestone has produced a tyre that is more consistent and although the win was down to the whole package it was mainly due to the tyres. We will enjoy a glass of champagne to celebrate with the whole team, but at this early stage in the season we are already thinking about the next race in Spain and we start testing again on Tuesday."
"I am very happy with this result, especially as I scored no points in the first three races. It is wonderful to finish first and second in front of the tifosi, driving a brilliant car and it had the best balance and set up I have seen. At the start, I think I got away in the same way as Michael, except that I was on the dirty side of the track. Basically I paid the price for the time I lost yesterday. Ralf got the jump on me and I could not close the door."
"The problem with this track is that it is impossible to overtake so there was not a lot I could do. But I had a fantastic 'in' lap before the first pit stop and managed to get ahead. After the second stop, when there was a problem with the left rear wheel, I concentrated on driving the car nicely. I had a problem trying to pass a Jaguar, which stayed in front of me for five corners. I did not know my lap times because my telemetry had failed, but I could see the gap to Michael. Then, the team told me to be careful with the engine and so I slowed down in the final stages."
Michael Schumacher 1st 1:29'10"789 62 laps
F2002 chassis no. 219
Rubens Barrichello: 2nd +17"907 62 laps
F2002 chassis no. 220
Temperatures: air 21/20C, track 28/27C