New Ferrari fastest in 1st qualifying Ferrari's latest challenger, the Ferrari F2003-GA made an impressive qualifying debut this afternoon on its Bridgestone Potenzas putting Michael Schumacher at the top of the times with a 1m17.130. Teammate...
New Ferrari fastest in 1st qualifying
Ferrari's latest challenger, the Ferrari F2003-GA made an impressive qualifying debut this afternoon on its Bridgestone Potenzas putting Michael Schumacher at the top of the times with a 1m17.130. Teammate Rubens Barrichello, who had a last-minute change to his T-car, was less than one tenth of a second behind in third place.
Also putting in a notable performance for Bridgestone was Lucky Strike B.A.R Honda's Jenson Button. The Briton coped well with changing track temperatures and narrowly missed out on fourth place with a time of 1m17.613. He settles for fifth and will run with the top of the field towards the end of tomorrow's final qualifying session.
Hisao Suganuma, Technical Manager of Bridgestone Motorsport:
"This morning the track was very green which meant there was some front tyre graining but as the session continued things improved and I'm not worried about that for the race - especially if weather conditions continue as they are. I'm very pleased with this afternoon's performance from the Ferraris."
"The new car really does seem to run well on our tyres. Rubens in particular set a good time considering he was in the T-car which would not have been set up exactly to his liking so he could well have set an even faster time in his own chassis. Jenson Button's time was impressive too - he looks to be a contender this weekend. Overall, a good day's work and I'm happy with the status of our tyres at the moment."
Ross Brawn, Technical Director of Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro:
"A very encouraging performance from the new car. This was the first time we had run the F2003-GA on new Bridgestones and we are very pleased with the performance we had today especially as Rubens had to use his T-car. Other than that, there are a couple of things we need to address regarding the balance of the car but I'm optimistic we'll have a good race on Sunday."
Geoff Willis, Technical Director of Lucky Strike B.A.R.Honda:
"That was certainly a good lap from Jenson and he seemed happy with the car today and with the tyres so we'll see what happens tomorrow."