Michael Schumacher took his first ever pole here today at the track where he made his Formula 1 debut n 1991 and which has witnessed some of his most memorable races. The German admitted he was particularly happy to be quickest on a track he likes...
Michael Schumacher took his first ever pole here today at the track where he made his Formula 1 debut n 1991 and which has witnessed some of his most memorable races. The German admitted he was particularly happy to be quickest on a track he likes so much.
"Being at the wheel of a car like the F2002 on a track like this is really exceptional and extremely enjoyable," said the World Champion. "We worked very hard over the last two days, continually improving the car. I have to say I felt quite confident and in the end I managed to get what I wanted. I am really happy."
What does a driver of Michael's calibre expect from tomorrow's race. If he was to win tomorrow in Belgium it would be his tenth victory of the season, which would represent yet another record for the Ferrari driver. "Obviously, whoever starts from pole has every intention of winning the race, but you cannot take anything for granted, given that the weather can play a decisive role."
"Anyway, I'm not worried. We have great tyres whatever the conditions, dry, wet or intermediate and in case of mixed conditions we have a 50-50 chance of getting it right or wrong. We hope to do well as we have done several times in the past. So we could do it again tomorrow," explained the Ferrari driver. "As for the record, I have to achieve it before talking about it. You know I don't like talking about these things. Let's wait for tomorrow. There are only a few laps to go before I can answer the question!"
And what does Michael think of his rivals? "It is clear that Kimi Raikkonen's performance this season has been good and consistent, so I am not surprised by what he did today. I think fighting with him will make the race interesting," said Michael. "In general, looking at the cars running on Michelin, I would say the French company has done a really good job in terms of the tyres it has produced for this race. On the other hand, they have often been good in qualifying, but we have to see if they can carry that through to the race. We will have to be especially careful at the start as we saw last year that the Michelins worked really well."