Jean Todt : "First of all I must congratulate the organisers on the work done in managing to integrate an oval with a slower section. Once again, even if this is a slightly different Friday to the usual and on a new circuit, we can see that the ...
Jean Todt : "First of all I must congratulate the organisers on the work done in managing to integrate an oval with a slower section. Once again, even if this is a slightly different Friday to the usual and on a new circuit, we can see that the front runners are the same as always. Now we have to have a good look at the data gathered today to achieve the best possible set up for the car. For tomorrow, I predict the usual battle we have seen all season long between ourselves and our closest rivals for the two front rows of the grid."
Michael Schumacher : "It's been a good day. We did a lot of laps and managed to make some improvements to the car. I was happy to see so many people in the grandstands, which is not usually the case on a Friday. I hope we can put on a good show for them in the race. I did not find it difficult to adapt to this track. Going round the turns on the oval is not as exciting as it might look from outside the cockpit because the entry speed is not so high. Therefore it means the element of danger is also reduced compared with what we might have expected. The fact that the track is so flat means that it takes a few laps to find the right turn-in point for the corners."
Rubens Barrichello : "Turn 13 impressed me a lot because it is so wide, probably the widest I have ever encountered on a race track. I did not find the speed as impressive as I had expected. My first impression is that I like the track which is not bumpy. I am happy with the performance of my car today. Our rivals are ahead but it does not mean anything at this stage. We got through a lot of work and there is still a lot to learn as it is a new track. I am satisfied with our progress so far."