British Formula 1 Grand Prix
Team and Driver Quotes following Saturday Qualifying
(selected team quotes, for a full team and driver preview click on the team name)
Renault ( Fernando Alonso - 1st, Giancarlo Fisichella - 7th )
Pat Symonds, Executive Director of Engineering
McLaren Mercedes ( Kimi Raikkonen - 2nd (drops to 12th due to engine change), Juan Pablo Montoya - 4th )
BAR Honda ( Jenson Button - 3rd, Takuma Sato - 8th )
GIL DE FERRAN,
Toyota ( Jarno Trulli - 5th, Ralf Schumacher - 9th )
Mike Gascoyne - Technical Director Chassis "We've had two pretty good days so far here at Silverstone. In fact, qualifying was probably our worst session of the weekend. But that was because our qualifying was very much aimed at a good strategy for tomorrow's race, and we're confident that will pay off. Jarno put in his normal excellent job on Saturday, putting in a similar time to the one he managed this morning. The only problem we had was that Ralf struggled to find the grip he had in the morning. But we're in a good position to have both cars scoring points and hopefully racing for the podium. It's been a very positive two days and now we have to look to finish it off tomorrow.
Ferrari ( Michael Schumacher - 4th, Rubens Barrichello - 6th )
Jean Todt: “Sixth place for Rubens and tenth for Michael is how the qualifying session panned out for Ferrari. When looking at the overall picture, we have to take into account the unknown factor of how much fuel the others had on board. However, it is obvious that we are less than satisfied and that, starting from the third and fifth rows means we face a very difficult race tomorrow afternoon. We have a well balanced car and we know we can count on Bridgestone tyres that should deliver consistent performance throughout the race. This factor, along with strategy and overall reliability of the package will be the key tomorrow, as always in fact. Our most realistic target is to get both cars home in the points to keep the fight for both Championships open.”
Sauber ( Jacques Villeneuve - 11th, Felipe Massa - 16th )
Willy Rampf (Technical Director): "Jacques lost a little bit in the first sector, but the second and third sectors were good. We put Felipe on a strategy that was suitable for his starting position for qualifying, as we knew that the track would not be at its peak in terms of grip. "Our target was to qualify in the top 10 and we achieved that, and though it is early days with it, the performance of our new aerodynamic package has been encouraging."
Williams BMW ( Mark Webber - 12th, Nick Heidfeld - 14th )
Sam Michael (Technical Director, WilliamsF1): The new bodywork, introduced in Magny-Cours, is a result of our aggressive development programme, which to date has delivered significant competitive gains. However, pushing hard sometimes means problems will arise. We continue to work at the factory and on track to find performance. For the British GP, the drivers have taken different directions. Mark will run the new configuration while Nick has decided to rely on a more conservative but validated bodywork configuration. We have a good strategy for the race and we look forward to the battle tomorrow.
Red Bull ( David Coulthard - 15th, Christian Klien - 16th )
Jordan ( Narain Karthikeyan - 17th, Tiago Monteiro - 20th )
BURGESS, SPORTING DIRECTOR
Minardi ( Christijan Albers - 18th, Patrick Friesacher - 19th )
Team Principal, Minardi Cosworth
Hisao Suganuma, Technical Manager of Bridgestone Motorsport, said: “Rubens did a good job today and he’ll start from the third row tomorrow which should give him a chance of a strong race. A little disappointed with Michael’s qualifying time but we know he should have good race performance and Ferrari has a strong race strategy. He should be able to improve his position and compete with the front runners in the field. We are expecting the weather to be a little warmer, making tyre consistency important. In the practices we have seen some consistent times from the Ferrari drivers so I am expecting them to be strong in the race. Jordan and Minardi will have to work hard as they start from the back of the grid but they too have been running consistently so I expect them to be in with a chance of improving on their grid positions.”
Dupasquier, Michelin motorsport director