US GP: Ferrari Saturday notes

Ninth pole position of the year for Ferrari, making it the team's 157th from 669 Grands Prix. It is the Scuderia's twelfth pole at this race, the third in a row at this track. Jean Todt "Ninth pole of the season - six with Michael and three ...

Ninth pole position of the year for Ferrari, making it the team's 157th from 669 Grands Prix. It is the Scuderia's twelfth pole at this race, the third in a row at this track.

Jean Todt

"Ninth pole of the season - six with Michael and three with Rubens - and the fifth race which starts with an all-red front row. These are impressive figures. This time we are especially happy, having achieved this result in the United States, which is the most important market for Ferrari and Maserati. We share our satisfaction with our friends at Bridgestone who, as they have done since the start of the season, have supplied us with fantastic tyres. It was a good qualifying, run in front of a very enthusiastic crowd. Everything is going very well for the team at the moment and tomorrow we will do all in our power to win the race and secure second place in the Championship for Rubens. However, we know we can expect a difficult race, which will be particularly tough on the engines. Strategy will play a vital role."

Michael Schumacher

"You never know what to expect from qualifying, because we have often had a big gap to the others on Friday and Saturday morning, but seen the situation change in the afternoon. But today went well for us. I aborted my first run, because I went a bit wide at the first turn and went onto the grass. Maybe I could have been a bit quicker because on my best run I had to back off for yellow flags in the second sector. Ferrari is a very well known name here in the States, which explains the fact we have a lot of supporters here and that made the atmosphere really special this afternoon. I don't expect any problems at the first corner tomorrow, as it is much easier than Monza for example and there is plenty of escape space if anyone needs to use it."

Rubens Barrichello

"After my problem yesterday, it has been a case of playing catch up today. I found it difficult to get the right balance on the car in this session as it seemed to change with every run, possibly due to the track conditions and the wind. You can get to a certain point with the car, but making the last little improvement is the hard part. The set up is always a bit of a gamble here to cope with the fast and slow sections. In the end, I never managed to put together all my best sector times on one lap. But to be first and second is a very good result. I am feeling fine after yesterday's crash when I was lucky that the impact was on the side of the car. As for the car I had today, it reacts well and we will have a good and stable car for the race."

Ross Brawn

"We had a trouble free session with both cars, except for the fact Michael could have gone quicker but for the yellow flags. Today, we used the same qualifying engine which we had in Monza and it worked very well. Once again, Bridgestone did a super job, bringing a tyre which worked very well today, even if they might have a tougher time tomorrow."

Michael Schumacher
1st 1’10”790 11 laps
chassis 223

Rubens Barrichello
2nd 1’11“058 12 laps
chassis 222

-ferrari-

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