Rubens Barrichello: 3rd, + 19.917 s, 65 laps, chassis no. 199 Michael Schumacher: 5th, + 47.983 s, 65 laps, chassis no. 198 Temperatures: air 23 C, track 36 C Jean Todt: "Today's result is disappointing, despite Rubens's good third place. We...
Rubens Barrichello: 3rd, + 19.917 s, 65 laps, chassis no. 199
Michael Schumacher: 5th, + 47.983 s, 65 laps, chassis no. 198
Temperatures: air 23 C, track 36 C
Jean Todt: "Today's result is disappointing, despite Rubens's good third place. We have lost ten points in the Constructors's championship and given away eight to Hakkinen and four to Coulthard in the Drivers' title with Michael. However, we have always known that even a big advantage can easily be reduced. Our drivers had different tyre choices, medium for Michael and soft for Rubens. It was a good fight between Michael and Hakkinen, at least up to the second pit stop. At Michael's first stop, Nigel Stepney who operates the refuelling hose was knocked over, as the car left the pits due to a misunderstanding with the lollipop man. Fortunately, his only injury was a twisted ankle. However, we lost precious time at the second stop. Then, Michael was forced to make a third stop, because of a slow puncture on the left rear wheel, which we are currently investigating."
Rubens Barrichello: "Even though I finished third I cannot say I had a very good race. I got bogged down at the start and had too much wheelspin. Ralf and David got good starts but I was not prepared to risk everything in the first corner. The race itself was a bit boring, because even if the car ahead is two seconds slower, unless the driver makes a big mistake, it is impossible to overtake here. I was looking to overtake the car in front of me as happened at the first stop with David. As we are in the first garage that normally gives you an advantage and I came in so fast. But then my stop was slow. As I was following Michael and Ralf I asked myself if they were going to crash! Then I got a good run inside and passed both of them."
Michael Schumacher: "You cannot always have lucky races and today's race did not go so well for us. Maybe it had something to do with my tyre choice, but there were also other factors. But considering the problems we had, at least we have scored some points. I am therefore only a little bit disappointed, because everybody tried their best. We had a problem at the first stop and that gave us problems for the second one also. At the first one, the lollipop man lifted it and then put it down again. But it is impossible to stop that quickly. I felt I had driven over something and I looked in my mirror and saw a mechanic on the ground. I asked the team what happened but they did not reply. Then I had a slow puncture and it was obvious that the race was out of our hands. I am not angry. I took two important points and we are still looking very strong for the rest of the season. As for the move with my brother, all I can say is that racing is racing."