US GP Ferrari race notes

Michael Schumacher "It was a pretty straightforward race with few exciting moments for me, apart from the one with Montoya. I don't really know where he came from, because he was a long way behind when I left Turn 11. Then I saw in my mirrors that...

Michael Schumacher
"It was a pretty straightforward race with few exciting moments for me, apart from the one with Montoya. I don't really know where he came from, because he was a long way behind when I left Turn 11. Then I saw in my mirrors that he was right with me. I tried to make life difficult for him, but at that stage, our tyres were near the end of their life and not as good as theirs. I also had a bit of traffic before my pit stop. I don't think our tyre choice was right, because we didn't have the consistency we expected. That might because the temperatures were different on Friday when we made the choice. When we look at the car, we might find other reasons why we did not have a winning car today. I was happy to let Rubens through, as he was on two stops. I am happy with second, because I was fortunate to get it. I am happy for Mika, because he won it fair and square, but I am disappointed for Rubens naturally."

Rubens Barrichello
"Since Michael won the championship, I had four races at my disposal to win a grand prix, with the full support of the team. At Spa, things did not go well, while in Monza it looked possible until my pit stop problem. Here also, things were looking good until the engine problem. In the final part of the race, I was gaining around half a second a lap on Hakkinen, when I felt something was not right with the engine. It was a real shame, given that I had to stop, losing even the position I was in. I don't like the word "unlucky." These things happen! Michael and I had different strategies, even if there was not much difference between them. Starting from pole, he did not face the prospect of having to overtake, whereas I had to move up the order. Having the spare car at my disposal proves the team believes in the fact I can win and today, I showed that I have the right motivation to succeed in that."

Jean Todt
"I am really disappointed for Rubens, who had driven a great race. He had adopted an aggressive strategy and made a very good start and then some great passing moves. Unfortunately, his engine developed a problem a few laps from the end. Rubens tried to keep going, but with just two laps to go, he had to retire at the side of the track. It's a shame, because today's was our first engine failure in a race this season. Now we have to find the cause. However, we have to accept that once a year an engine might break. Michael was on a one stop strategy and was passed when Hakkinen made his stop seven laps later. Then, events in the race brought Michael up to second. With one race remaining this season, the top three places in the Constructors' classification are now decided, while the fight is still on for second place in the Drivers.' However, Rubens' retirement today makes it difficult for him to catch up with Coulthard."

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