Malaysian Formula 1 Grand Prix
Team and Driver Quotes following the Race
(selected team quotes, for a full team and driver preview click on the team name)
Renault ( Fernando Alonso - 3rd, Giancarlo Fisichella - Retired )
Flavio Briatore, Managing Director
Toyota ( Jarno Trulli - 2nd, Ralf Schumacher - 5th )
Tsutomu Tomita - Team Principal "It has been four years of preparation and three years of racing for Toyota to achieve this fantastic result. The style in which we did it was even more rewarding. I would like to firstly extend my thanks to the drivers, everyone at Toyota Motorsport, Toyota Motor Corporation and the team's sponsors whose invaluable support made this result possible. We have experienced so many challenges this weekend in terms of the technical regulation changes for the season. I am especially pleased that our engine has completed eight free practice sessions, four qualifying sessions and two demanding races without any issues. Toyota always rises to the technical challenge and this has been no exception. This is how racing can be done and should be done. We know have to consolidate this result, but I will happily take this for starters."
Williams BMW ( Nick Heidfeld - 3rd, Mark Webber - Retired )
Sam Michael (Technical Director WilliamsF1): It was a good day for us showing that the car performance is improving steadily. Nick proved himself to be a fantastic racer with all the overtaking he did without causing any incident. He drove the second fastest lap of the race and finished third coming from tenth. We have scored some points which we definitely needed and it is a shame that Mark had this coming together with Fisichella. However, that's racing. Today the car has been competitive. But we know we need to push hard to close the gap to Renault. We had no mechanical problems.
McLaren Mercedes ( Juan Pablo Montoya - 4th, Kimi Raikkonen - 9th )
Ron Dennis: "A challenging race for everybody. Juan Pablo struggled with a flatspotted tyre and Kimi's race was effectively destroyed when a tyre valve failed. It was disappointing not to be able to take advantage of the durability and pace of our Michelin tyres. On the positive side Kimi's fastest lap and Juan Pablo's fourth place despite his problems are a small but worthwhile consolation, and we are already looking forward to Bahrain. Congratulations to our partner Michelin for a dominant performance in such extreme conditions."
Red Bull ( David Coulthard - 6th, Christian Klien - 8th )
Christian Horner, Sporting Director, Red Bull Racing
Ferrari ( Michael Schumacher - 7th, Rubens Barrichello - Retired )
Jean Todt: “There can be no excuses after a race like this. After qualifying, we knew the race would be one of fighting our way up the order and so it turned out. We were beaten by opponents who proved to be stronger than us. We have won so often thanks to the work of the team and our partners and now we have to work together to turn the situation around. Once again, this shows how difficult it is to win. We know we have all the elements required to succeed. Our will to win and our readiness to work hard remain the same as ever. We already have three days of testing scheduled for next week at Mugello to develop the F2005 and the Bridgestone tyres. After that, we will make a decision as to the programme for the new car.”
Sauber ( Felipe Massa - 10th, Jacques Villeneuve - Retired )
Peter Sauber (Team Principal): "This was a difficult weekend for us, especially here in PETRONAS' homeland where we had so hoped to perform strongly. But what we saw today were the facts, and I'm sure that everyone in the team understands that we have to redouble our efforts in order to improve quickly."
Jordan ( Narain Karthikeyan - 11th, Tiago Monteiro - 12th )
Trevor Carlin, Sporting Director
Minardi ( Christijan Albers - 13th, Patrick Friesacher - Retired )
Paul Stoddart, Team Principal, Minardi Cosworth
BAR Honda ( Jenson Button - Retired, Anthony Davidson - Retired )
Geoff Willis, Technical Director
Hisao Suganuma – Technical Manager – Bridgestone Motorsport “Obviously we are disappointed that our tyre performance was not up to our usual high standards this weekend but we will leave Malaysia with some positive feedback which can be carried forward into our future tyre development. It is often the case when a good result has not been achieved that we gain a valuable insight into our tyre performance and this was certainly the case this weekend. Admittedly our tyre performance was not enough but we are pleased that we supplied safe tyres in extreme weather conditions. We are now looking ahead to next week’s test in Mugello where we shall assess the best candidates of tyre specifications for the forthcoming Bahrain Grand Prix. We will react as quickly as possible to turn around the situation.”
Dupasquier, Michelin motorsport director “The combination of fierce heat and a punishing track will almost certainly make this
the most challenging race of the year for tyre manufacturers – and Michelin passed with flying colours. That bodes well for the
rest of the season. We have shown that we can produce a full-race tyre for such extreme conditions. Now we can go away and do a
little fine-tuning for the forthcoming circuits, which are a little less demanding but remain challenging nonetheless.