Spanish GP: Ferrari Friday practice notes

First day of practice for Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro Jean Todt: "Today's programme followed the usual pattern, concentrating mainly on finding the best set-up for the car and choosing which type of tyre to use for qualifying and the race. At...

First day of practice for Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro

Jean Todt:

"Today's programme followed the usual pattern, concentrating mainly on finding the best set-up for the car and choosing which type of tyre to use for qualifying and the race. At this track, the tyres play an even more important role than elsewhere."

"Going on what we have seen in the two hours of running today, we must analyse all our data to do the best possible job of preparing the cars. We can expect a very close fought weekend and, as usual, we will tackle it with great determination as we strive to get the best possible result."

Rubens Barrichello:

"I did not run much this morning because of a hydraulic problem with the car, which was then identified and solved. In the afternoon, I did some good runs which produced plenty of useful data. I think that overall, we are not in as bad shape as seems to be the case if you just look at the times. We know what small changes we can make to the car to be much stronger."

"As usual on a Friday, we don't really know what the opposition has done, so it is hard to get a clear picture of the situation. I am optimistic because the situation is quite similar to Imola, in that we can expect to have a very competitive car for the race."

Michael Schumacher:

"Our performance today did not look very promising. We must now analyse all the data to see in what areas we can improve the car. Tomorrow morning's work will involve the usual job of finding the right compromise between being quick over a single lap for qualifying and being able to maintain a strong race pace. We did plenty of laps today, so we have all the data we need to achieve that."

Ross Brawn:

"We had some technical problems today, which slowed our programme slightly. But the team recovered well and we made up for lost time in the afternoon. I hope the rest of the weekend goes smoothly. We did the usual comparison between the two types of Bridgestone tyre and I think it is pretty clear which way we have to go. I think we can have a good race pace. The challenge will be in doing a similarly good first qualifying lap and work on that will start tomorrow morning."

Michael Schumacher
Chassis: 245
Practice session 1: 4th, 1:22.085, 14 laps
Practice session 2: 13th, 1:18.042, 22 laps

Rubens Barrichello
Chassis: 246
Practice session 1: no time
Practice session 2: 11th, 1:17.702, 22 laps

-ferrari-

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Michael Schumacher , Rubens Barrichello , Ross Brawn , Jean Todt
Teams Ferrari