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11-May: At the post Qualifying press conference for the Austrian GP, Rubens Barrichello indicated that he felt lucky to have escaped two shunts during the session when he went off avoiding a crash and said "Luckily, I was always out at the right time. I had two escapes actually. The first time I had to avoid the oil so I went out and on my last run, my heart rate may have been much higher than 200 at that time because I saw the Toyota coming back on me and I saw a crash coming, a big one. Luckily I was a lot quicker so I could get by but it was just too much traffic and I was lucky to have a good run."
As for his thoughts on tomorrows race, he said "We're going to start all over again so we're going to see, for sure. Today the car was working quite well. I'm very happy. I feel so confident about tomorrow. I'm not going to burn energy thinking about tomorrow. We're going to make a good set up and have a good race."
When asked if he'll be allocated the spare car, he said "I am sorry to be impolite, but it is our problem. It is something that we are going to deal with inside the team. The T-car has always been Michael's because he has always been the faster one, so the T-car is his car."

Ralf Schumacher was pleasantly surprised to have managed to split the 2 Ferraris and said "We are definitely surprised at being in between them. The gap seemed to be a lot bigger than it appears to be. I certainly don't know what Michael's reason was, but that gave me a chance to come in between the two of them. I did two laps very similar, the car was brilliant so thanks to the team and thanks to Michelin."
Ralf admitted that with the sun out on the track, the Michelin tyres performed well and said "It is a lot better than we expected because we made everything possible out of our package and the tyre worked brilliantly today, especially with the sun coming out. The whole package was fairly good."
As for his thoughts for the race, Ralf said "I think in a race performance we are going to be a bit weaker than the Ferrari, it at least showed up in the last few races, but we will certainly have to adapt our strategy. We don't know what we are doing yet."

Michael Schumacher was surprised by the lack of pace and couldn't figure out what went wrong and said "It was just not performing, just not fast enough. I don't know yet, there wasn't anything specifically wrong it was just not there, at least not in one part of the circuit. But then you honestly have to say that Rubens did a very good job on the other side, so that moves it quite far apart."
However Michael remains reasonably confident about the race and said "Reasonable, honestly, because we have done very good work. We are fast in general. We know the situation is going to be tighter here than it was in Barcelona, still I believe we have a bit of an edge, as we have seen in qualifying. It is small but hopefully we can use it for our advantage."

11-May: What the teams and drivers said following Qualifying in Austria ... Report

11-May: The Quali-flyer looks at the 'Real Race' in Austria and hands the 'Also Ran' award to ?? ... Report

11-May: Austrian GP Qualifying Session: Rubens Barrichello grabs his second Pole position of the season ahead of Ralf Schumacher and Michael Schumacher. Juan Pablo Montoya, Nick Heidfeld and Kimi Raikkonen make the top 6 ... Timed Results ... Report ... Notes.

11-May: Austrian GP 2nd Saturday Practice Session: Michael Schumacher continues to dominate ahead of Rubens Barrichello and Ralf Schumacher. Juan Pablo Montoya, Heinz Harald Frentzen and Felipe Massa make the top 6 ... Timed Results ... Report ... Notes.

11-May: Austrian GP 1st Saturday Practice Session: Michael Schumacher sets the fastest time of the session ahead of team-mate Rubens Barrichello and Kimi Raikkonen. Heinz Harald Frentzen, Felipe Massa and David Coulthard make the top 6 ... Timed Results ... Report ... Notes.

Austrian 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
Race
11 AM Spielberg Time / 9 AM GMT
1 PM Spielberg Time / 11 AM GMT
9 AM Spielberg Time / 7 AM GMT 
10:15 AM Spielberg Time / 8:15 AM GMT
1 PM Spielberg Time / 11 AM GMT
9:30 AM Spielberg Time / 7:30 AM GMT
2 PM Spielberg Time / 12 PM GMT
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