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12-Oct: At the post Qualifying press conference for the Japanese GP, Michael Schumacher was pleased with his car describing it as a great car and said "Obviously, it is no secret. We have a great car and that allows us to do what we are doing, which is to be faster, after all the development that Bridgestone has done it is no surprise either. Basically it is great fun to throw the car through the 'esses' and to do the times we do."
Michael aims to win and by he would have finished on the podium at every race this season. He said "It has been a special year in all senses, but let's see if I can get on the podium tomorrow first. But to finish every race, or to be on the podium, it is quite a thing and it shows the team's effort. The reliability doesn't come from nothing. It comes from some very serious work from all our engineers, every day, and it (the reliability) is obviously the best, better than that of all the other teams.
Naturally I would like to win this race. I was able to give back to me what Rubens gave to me in Hungary (means Austria) therefore it's sort of zero and that's where we start."

Rubens Barrichello was satisfied with second place and admitted that he wouldn't have been able to better Michael's time and said "I would have probably done a better time than Michael's previous one which would have been a 31.5s or something but he did a 31.3s at the end, so I don't think that that would have put me on pole. But I'm a happy man because Suzuka is all about getting the car working for yourself and Michael has been fantastic doing that all the years he's been here and last year I struggled so much with an understeering car. I made a lot of improvements and the effort paid off. I was quickest in sector two, one and a half tenths slower in T1 which is really strong and I was fast in T3, we could have been the same, but I am still quite happy on what is quite a racing track."

David Coulthard was pleased with qualifying ahead of the Williams cars and said "You aim for more, but, realistically, that was where we would have been happy to be and I am personally very happy with my performance here this weekend so far and, from the team's point of view, the immediate goal has been to be in front of Williams. Obviously, we don't have any more opportunities this year, but it shows we've progressed through the season and we can be a little closer to Ferrari next year."
As for the race David doesn't expect to be close to the Ferraris and said "I'm pretty satisfied so far with the way the weekend's gone, therefore I think I can have a reasonable race but whether that means I can race the Ferraris or not, I think probably unlikely, but you never know. The weather conditions might play into our hands and we just do the best we can."

12-Oct: What the teams and drivers said following Qualifying at Suzuka ... Report

12-Oct: The Quali-flyer looks at the 'Real Race' in the Japan and hands the 'Also Ran' award to ?? ... Report

12-Oct: Japanese GP - Qualifying Session: Michael Schumacher grabs his 7th Pole position of the season ahead of Rubens Barrichello and David Coulthard. Kimi Raikkonen, Ralf Schumacher, Juan Pablo Montoya make the top 6 ... Timed Results ... Report ... Notes

12-Oct: Japanese GP - 2nd Saturday Practice Session: Michael Schumacher remains fastest ahead of Ralf Schumacher and Kimi Raikkonen. Juan Pablo Montoya, David Coulthard and Rubens Barrichello make the top 6 ... Timed Results ... Report ... Notes

12-Oct: Japanese GP - 1st Saturday Practice Session: Michael Schumacher sets the fastest time ahead of Rubens Barrichello and Ralf Schumacher. David Coulthard, Kimi Raikkonen and Juan Pablo Montoya make the top 6 ... Timed Results ... Report ... Notes

Japanese 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 Suzuka Time / 2 AM GMT
1 PM Suzuka Time / 4 AM GMT
9:00 AM Suzuka Time / 1 2:00 AM GMT 
10:15 AM Suzuka Time / 1:15 AM GMT
1:00 PM
Suzuka Time / 4:00 AM GMT
10:00 AM Suzuka Time / 1:00 AM GMT
2:30 PM
Suzuka Time / 5:30 AM GMT
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