For the third time in four races Ralf Schumacher qualified in the top three, achieving a brilliant third place on the grid. Juan Pablo Montoya will start the race from seventh position. Ralf Schumacher - Position: 3rd "I am very pleased, mostly...
For the third time in four races Ralf Schumacher qualified in the top three, achieving a brilliant third place on the grid. Juan Pablo Montoya will start the race from seventh position.
Ralf Schumacher - Position: 3rd
"I am very pleased, mostly because I didn't expect a dry track this afternoon. We are still struggling a bit in the wet, as the Michelin tyres work better in hot conditions. BMW did a great job and gave us a very strong engine. I think that I have never before outqualified Michael in F1, so when I saw him after getting out of the car he told me "see you tomorrow!". Things change in the race, of course, but the forecast for tomorrow is for good weather, so I am quite confident."
Juan Pablo Montoya - Position: 7th
"It's been quite a negative weekend for me so far. I'm very disappointed because on my last fast lap I put a wheel on the grass, which caused me to lose valuable time in the chicane of the last sector. The handling of the car was pretty good, even if not at its best. I pushed quite hard and improved lap after lap but blew it all on the last run."
Patrick Head (Technical Director WilliamsF1)
"It was a good lap by Ralf in the end. Juan Pablo was always in the position of making up time from yesterday, when he lost one hour of dry practice due to technical problems. Anyway, we are in a good position for the race."
Gerhard Berger (BMW Motorsport Director)
"No Ferrari on the front row in Imola: this is quite surprising! We had a troublefree qualifying and everything went according to our plan. In the end Ralf did a good lap whereas Juan Pablo lost some time in the last sector. As long as it remains dry we are confident that tomorrow we will be able to increase our points score."
- BMW Williams