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He denied reports in the Italian media that indicated he'd threaten to retire at the end of the season and said "It's just sad to have this type of thing. I have no problems with Ferrari, I have no problems with anything. I'm entitled to have my opinion. I sit down with Ross and Jean, we talk and by no means am I a man of no opinion. I have my opinion. Right now I'm a happy man with Ferrari. It's my third year and everything is going quite OK. I'm coming to my home race. I don't have the new car but I have old the one which is competitive. It's reliable so let's go and see what it does. I have no problem with that."
Rubens also added that given there was only one new car available, it was only fair to give it to Michael as he had more points.
Ralf Schumacher was very confident for this race and
the following one at Imola and said "Certainly after Malaysia we seem to
be very strong. I'm pretty confident for this and even for the next race. Last
year we managed to be stronger than Ferrari there, so you have to say that we
look a lot stronger but there are some circuits on the schedule where we
struggled last year which is what we have to wait and find out."
Jenson Button who had to give up third place in Malaysia to Michael Schumacher after his car developed a suspension problem is still disappointed with not finishing on the podium for the first time and said "I think when you're running in fourth for the whole race it's a good position to finish in, but when you've been running in third, for whatever reason - people having reliability problems or whatever - and it could be an easy third, it's always tough to end up fourth off the podium as I haven't yet been there. But I think it shows that we are moving forward which is good and we keep improving race by race, which is a big bonus for the team really. Hopefully that will show here also."
Enrique Bernoldi blames the lack of testing for Arrows reliability problems but is very confident that they have a good package and said "We only had a few days of pre-season testing which wasn't a lot because it was a new car, and when you have a new one you always have some small problems and different problems which stop you doing a lot of mileage. But we are very positive and we are confident because the car is a car which shows to be pretty competitive and we are improving at every race. Malaysia was better than Australia and even if we couldn't get a result at the end we showed that we had the potential for a better place than last year. We are still getting to know the car, because of the few mileage that we did pre-season, as we are learning in this race and learning and developing new things, so we are progressing quite a lot and I'm really happy about what I feel we could get from the new car, the team, the engine, everything."
Felipe Massa driving for the first time in Formula 1 in front of his crowd is aiming for a top 10 finish and said "I am hoping to do my best. I would like to qualify maybe in the top ten or twelve. I think we have a good car and I think it's possible to finish in the top ten. Each race is different. We don't know what will happen. I think I would like to say that I can finish in the top ten."
Main Brazilian Grand Prix Page
28-Mar: Rubens Barrichello
has expressed his disappointment at not being able to race in the new car in
front of his home crowd but accepts Ferrari's reason behind it and said
"I had driven the car for four days and now we come to my home grand
prix, which of course is the one where you like to perform better than any
other one, so I am disappointed not to have the new car. But I am a
professional and I have been told it was impossible to bring two of the new
cars here and I accept that.
Jacques Villeneuve is clearly disappointed with the
results achieved in the BAR so far and doesn't expect any significant
improvement until Imola and said "This has been a very difficult and
disappointing start to the season, but I am confident that the changes mean we
will be heading in the right direction, although only time will tell. There is
no point in looking back, we now have to look forward and work on improving
our car and the whole way we operate. We aren't expecting to see any massive
improvements in Brazil but hopefully by Imola the results will start to
28-Mar: "Williams one, two again ?" is the title of the 6th issue from the Diagnosis and Prognosis Series for the 2002 season. In this issue, the Heretic looks at the upcoming Brazilian Grand Prix - Issue 6
28-Mar: While David
Coulthard is aiming to win in Brazil he realises that it could be
difficult in the face of the tough competition from Ferrari and Williams and
therefore he would be happy with a points finish and said "Although I
have a difficult start to the 2002 season, the West McLaren Mercedes team does
have a package that is capable of winning races and we have all been working
hard to increase reliability. Of course the desired outcome for me in Brazil
would be a repeat of last years result, however I am primarily focusing on
opening my points tally for 2002."
After scoring Toyota's first points in Melbourne and
demonstrating potential for another strong finish in Malaysia, Mika Salo
heads to Brazil with even more confidence as he believes the track suits the
Toyota. He said "I can't wait to get started at Interlagos because I
think it will suit our car well. Power is important - and I think our engine
is okay - and you don't have to run maximum downforce. The car deserved points
in Malaysia, so I hope I can put that right here. I like the lay-out of the
track, although the bumps make it hard on both the car and the driver."
Effective from the 1st of May 2002, Jaguar Racing
have appointed Ben Agathangelou as head of Aerodynamics who moves across from Renault
F1. Jaguar Racing Managing Director Guenther Steiner said of the new appointment
"Ben will bring a new and experienced technical dimension to this team.
We have never really lacked in any other aspect of our racing package apart
from aerodynamic efficiency and combined with our new wind tunnel, we can now
set clearly defined goals which will allow us to compete on an even playing
field with our competitors in Formula One.
27-Mar: The Quali-flyer's bold prediction for the 'Real Race' in Brazil ... Report
27-Mar: "Why did Ferrari opt for one F2002 ?" - Topic of the week - Have Your Say
26-Mar: Following Ferrari's decision to take one F2002 to Brazil, Michael
Schumacher has indicated that he was now even more optimistic about his
chances and said "I was optimistic before that we could compete for
victory, now I'm even more optimistic. The tests last week in Spain were, to a
large extent, very promising. The F2002 is faster than the F2001 so,
therefore, I was delighted with the team's decision."
Jenson Button who missed out on his first podium finish at the Malaysian GP is hoping to have another chance at the podium this weekend but is also realistic that Renault is not yet competitive with the top 3 and said "It would be nice to get on the podium. Hopefully, I might get the chance to do that and to achieve what I missed out on at the last race in Sepang. We can't compete with the quickest teams on pure pace at the moment, but if the circumstances fall in our favour again we could get there. We shall have to wait and see where we qualify and then see what happens in the race."
Niki Lauda has admitted that his Jaguar cars will
struggle near the back of the gird in Brazil as not much improvements have
been developed for the car and said "Brazil will be another tough weekend
for us. We will work very hard at optimising the car's balance and set-up on
Friday and then aim for better qualifying positions on Saturday.
25-Mar: "Williams vs. One Ferrari" - The Brazilian Grand Prix Preview is now available ... Race Preview
Brazilian Formula 1 Grand Prix Schedule:
The Ferrari team decided today to take one F2002 car to Brazil and
allocated it to Michael Schumacher. Team-mate Rubens Barrichello will have a
F2001 at his disposal. Both drivers will have modified F2001 cars as spare cars.
Luca Badoer who shook down the F2002 covered 16 laps with a best time of 59.487.
24-Mar: Following their 1-2 victory at the Malaysian Grand Prix, the Williams BMW
team heads into the Brazilian Grand Prix expecting nothing less than a win.
Last year both their cars retired after being hit from behind but this year
they are hoping that they'll be luckier.
On the final day of testing for the Bridgestone runners, Rubens
Barrichello topped the timesheets ahead of team-mate Michael Schumacher
with Olivier Panis third fastest. Rubens best time of 1:18.256 was the
quickest time this session but remains over a second slower than the lap
record set earlier this year.
A number of Michelin runners will continue testing tomorrow under artificially wet conditions.
Click here for the test times from Barcelona
Following the 3 days test at Barcelona which
included comparison tests between Jaguar's 2002 contender (R3) and last year's
contender (R2), the team decided to continue using this year's car. Niki
Lauda told the Jaguar Racing website that the difference between the two
was too small and said "The performance differential between the two is
just not big enough to go on with last year’s car. Also we cannot afford to
spend precious resources on any kind of parallel development, so this is where
we are and I am satisfied we have done everything to make sure that our next
move is forward.”
Nine teams were present with 14 drivers setting lap times. Marc Gene completed the most number of laps with 107 as he continued evaluating tyres for Williams while Luca Badoer completed 98 laps evaluating tyres for Ferrari. Jarno Trulli only managed 7 laps as an unidentifiable problem with the front of his car prevented any valuable running.
Despite the number of drivers, there no major incidents during the session although Felipe Massa caused a red flag situation when his car stopped on the track.
Jaguar continued their comparison tests between the R2 and R3 with the R2 over 0.7 seconds faster than the R3's best time yesterday.
Jacques Villeneuve pulled out of the test coinciding with the major restructure announced at BAR. The team however indicated that Villeneuve was complaining of a back problem.
Testing continues tomorrow.
Click here for the test times from Barcelona
It appears that BAR have brought their expected restructure forward
two weeks following their disappointing performance at the first 2 races of
the season. Team boss David Richards announced a 15% reduction in the
workforce with Engineering Director Malcolm Oastler and Chief
Designer Andy Green the most high profile members to leave.
Newly appointed Technical Director Geoff Willis who came over from Williams is expected to play a major role within the organisation.
21-Mar: "Two Williams and two Schumachers on the podium" is the title of the 5th issue from the Diagnosis and Prognosis Series for the 2002 season. In this issue, the Heretic looks at the aftermath of the Malaysian Grand Prix - Issue 5
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