Third win in a row for Schumacher Michael Schumacher: 1st, 1:31.39.776, 62 laps, chassis no. 200 Rubens Barrichello: 4th, 1:29.276, 62 laps, chassis no. 199 Temperatures: air 15 Â°C, track 25 Â°C A third consecutive win for Michael ...
Third win in a row for Schumacher
Michael Schumacher: 1st, 1:31.39.776, 62 laps, chassis no. 200
Rubens Barrichello: 4th, 1:29.276, 62 laps, chassis no. 199
Temperatures: air 15 °C, track 25 °C
A third consecutive win for Michael Schumacher and Ferrari. This is the team’s fourth win at Imola, the second in a row and the 128th victory in the World Championship.
“It was a very tough race. Therefore we are very happy to have got both cars to the finish. For the first time this season we have had a proper race from the first corner to the last. We knew that overtaking would be very difficult here and unfortunately we lost a place with Rubens in the pits. He also had a problem with his belts, which caused him some pain. After the first stop, we knew the second one would be decisive. When we saw Hakkinen come in on lap 44, we thought we could get ahead. We tried and it worked. After three races, we are in an encouraging position in the championship. Today’s race has shown it will be a long hard road, but that is an incentive to work even harder. The drivers did a great job, as did the whole team. Now we can look ahead calmly to the next round.”
“That was an exciting race and I hope the tifosi are happy with the result! I made a very bad start with massive wheelspin. But I managed to keep my second position. Our strategy remained as planned. We did not know what Mika would do and we had to guess. The four laps before the second pit stop was the decisive moment when I pushed very hard. Maybe we did not have the best tyre choice for today’s conditions. I had a worrying moment when I tried to lap Diniz. He tried to be nice and let me pass, but it was the wrong place and I very nearly hit him. Apart from that, the race was good fun. It was like Qualifying from start to finish. We have a good lead in the championship, but we have seen it will be a tight fight and we must continue pushing.”
“I am happy for the team, but I am equally disappointed with my own performance. The set up was not ideal and it was hard work. We tried to change yesterday’s settings, but it did not help much. I was a bit unlucky at the second pit stop, when Coulthard passed me. He was quicker than me, but I could have kept him behind me as it is virtually impossible to pass here. I had a problem with the lower part of my belts and I could not maintain a good pace as my legs were moving around too much. All weekend, I was not on the pace as I was in Australia and Brazil and now I have to work out why. Fourth place is not good enough.