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28-Apr: At the post Race press conference for the Spanish Grand Prix, Michael Schumacher was very pleased with the consistency of the Bridgestone tyres and the car's suitability to the track which made them look so dominant and said "I wasn't 100 percent clear what it was going to be in the race, whether we would fall a little bit during the race over the distance which we have seen in the past several times. But then I have to say that the tyres Bridgestone has developed have performed very well in qualifying, which was lacking a little bit at the last race, but they kept their consistency for the race and that's something obviously we are very happy about. And then it's simply the right circuit for our car. The guys in our team have done a tremendous job over the winter and again, this circuit shows what our engineers have done."
Describing the Ferrari as phenomenal, he still warned that they will have tougher competition at upcoming circuits and said "You have circuits which really favour us and circuits which are very close. We have seen in Austria, at the end of the stint, that the Michelin runners were very competitive so if they get the consistency somehow. They can be very competitive there this year. We know what happened last year in Canada so there will be circuits which are much more difficult for us. But here, we know that the Bridgestone tyre works very well, plus our car is simply phenomenal and it shows up here. Aerodynamics, we had something last year which was very good but our engineers really have managed to improve that and that's what you can see very well.
We have seen here that we have been dominant but we have seen other races like Brazil where it was a close fight and we have no idea what it's going to be like in Austria."
As for the problems with Rubens Barrichello, he said "It's really bad luck for Rubens. Everything that has gone wrong this year so far has gone wrong for him. You can't really think it will always go that way. You know that one day it's going to hit you. We will simply try our best not to let it happen and again and I'm sorry for Rubens."

Juan Pablo Montoya was very pleased to have scored 6 points at this track and said "It was clearly a difficult race for us. I think we made the best of what we had. In the pit stops I hit my crew chief. Hopefully he's alright. Actually I've heard he's alright. Apart from that, the race went pretty well. We struggled all weekend with pace. I've got to say that I'm very pleased actually to get out of here with second place.
In testing we are not good here and coming out of here in second place is more than we could expect really. I said at the beginning of the weekend if I could get out of here with one or two points I would be more than happy. On Friday we were 12th and 14th or something. Yesterday, luckily, on my last run I managed to get a set-up on the car and, after the problems I had, I managed to get the car up there on the grid. Today we knew there was nothing we could do against the Ferrari. It was just way too quick"
Describing the incident he had with the lollipop man, he said "I think he lifted it because he thought I could go. He tried to stop me with his body. I managed to stop as fast as I could but I had already run over him. It wasn't such a big issue. I managed to stop fairly quickly. As soon as he stood in front of me I managed to stop the car. It was lucky I still had my hand on the clutch and didn't stall so it worked quite well. As soon as I got out of the car at the finish of the race they told me. It was okay."
Juan Pablo was right behind Ralf Schumacher when he went wide damaging his car, he described what he saw and said "From my understanding, but I don't know if something failed, I just saw him run wide on the blind right-hander that goes onto the back straight. He missed the apex and when I came to the top of the crest he was in the gravel."

David Coulthard indicated that he wouldn't have dreamt of a podium finish unless some of the cars in front failed and said "I think when we spoke on Friday I said that we didn't expect it to be an easy circuit for us, and I knew that the only way I was going to get a podium or dream of a podium was if other cars had reliability problems. I am happy to have benefited from that and I had an interesting battle early on with Jenson. And that was it. That was the only excitement in the race. I kept pushing up until the last five laps and that was our race."
As for Raikkonen's rear wing failure and if it affect him, he said "They didn't tell me anything. It was quite obvious what had happened. There's no reason to pull the car out or for me to be worried about it because we haven't had a wing failure this year at all. Obviously they will look at the remains of what's actually there and try and understand exactly why it failed, whether it was fatigue or whether it was manufacturing. But unfortunately those are the stresses and strains that are on Grand Prix cars. Occasionally they fail."

28-Apr: What the teams and drivers said following the Race at Barcelona ... Report

28-Apr: Spanish GP Race: Michael Schumacher wins the race ahead of Juan Pablo Montoya and David Coulthard. Nick Heidfeld, Felipe Massa and Heinz Harald Frentzen make the top 6 ... Timed Results ... Report ... Notes 

28-Apr: Spanish GP Warm-up: Rubens Barrichello sets the fastest time of the session ahead of Nick Heidfeld and Michael Schumacher. Felipe Massa, Heinz Harald Frentzen and Ralf Schumacher make the top 6 ... Timed Results ... Report  ... Notes

Spanish Formula 1 Grand Prix Schedule:

Session Time (Local / GMT) - Current local time
Friday Practice Session 1
Friday Practice Session 2
Saturday Practice Session 1
Saturday Practice Session 2
Qualifying Session
Warm-up Session
11 AM Barcelona Time / 9 AM GMT
1 PM Barcelona Time / 11 AM GMT
9 AM Barcelona Time / 7 AM GMT 
10:15 AM Barcelona Time / 8:15 AM GMT
1 PM Barcelona Time / 11 AM GMT
9:30 AM Barcelona Time / 7:30 AM GMT
2 PM Barcelona Time / 12 PM GMT
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