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13-Oct: At the post Race press conference for the Japanese GP, Michael Schumacher was delighted to have finished on the podium for every race this season and said "I don't think it is necessary to say more than that the result speak for themselves and it is fantastic -- and what has been most fantastic is that we have not been for one race. We have finished all the races and not only that, but all on the podium and that shows the quality of job the mechanics have done. It is unbelievable what they have achieved. Today has been exceptional in two ways because we have what we have done and the Japanese fans have two winners -- with me winning the Grand Prix and Sato taking his first points in his home Grand Prix so I guess the fans had a good grand prix and they were very excited."
As for his race, Michael said "I you get a good start, and you get a gap, and you can plan your race, you can put everything in order to have the pit-stops at the right time. That was the only plan, honestly, because once you are out in front it is difficult to be overtaken. I have been all weekend very fast and I was not surprised that we could pull out the gap to the others, in all honesty, and the only thing you can say is 'be happy and look forward to a nice winter time and be relaxed and strong and ready for next year'."
As for his plans for the winter break, Michael said "From our point of view, it is a little bit easier because we have done our job and we can relax until the engineers come back with a new car. We are normally back testing in January and maybe we will have some reasons to go and use the three-week opportunity to go testing in November-December and we will find out if it is necessary. 
Another word I would like to say to Ross who hasn't been able to be with us this weekend. It is the first race he has missed in all his time (with us) and I think he is disappointed not to share this moment with us, but we know that you think about us and we think about you and we hope you get well soon and we look forward to seeing you in good health."
Michael indicated that finishing on the podium for every race this season was not by luck and said "No. I don't believe it's anything to do with luck. It's hard work. Our guys do get the car as reliable as they can, and what I do in the car on the other side, so I don't think really it's because of luck. In a way, it is unbelievable that it can happen. None of us would ever have expected that we would be so successful. But that's the way it is, we celebrate it, we know it will basically be impossible to repeat because I'm more than confident that unfortunately our opponents will get stronger so the situation will get tighter naturally."
Speaking of the challenges next year, Michael admitted that it will a lot tighter next season and said "It is a challenge, in all honesty, because I still feel that with what we have and what we are going to have we will still be able to fight for wins and still be a runner in the championship. Whether we win it or not is another matter, obviously, but as long as that's the case, I don't think it's really necessary to be as dominant as we are. As long as we can win races, then that's fine too."
Michael indicated that unlike this year, Ferrari are planning to start the 2003 season with the new car and said "No, the plan is to have a new car for the first race next year. Honestly, if we don't achieve this, if we feel that we're not reliable and we're not ready, then we have a good machine that we could start the season with, but that's not the plan."
When asked whom he thought would take his place in the future, Michael said "You know I don't know when the next young generation is coming, who it will be, because it will be quite a while that I will be around."

Rubens Barrichello was pleased with second place but admitted that he couldn't catch Michael and said "I am very happy about that for myself and for Ferrari and being part of such a family, with such a car, it is incredible. I had a good jump but I lost out a little bit to Michael but then when I went into the first few corners my car was really bottoming a little bit too much, and I didn't want to spin on the first few laps, so I saw him going away and then I was taking care of the tyres as well. I was putting the fight off to a little bit later, but it wasn't the case as much as it was in the US. He had a little quicker pace over the laps, and he pulled out the gap slowly more and more so when the pit stops started it was difficult to be in that one or two second lead area. It was five to six seconds, and then after the first pit stop, the tyres were doing alright but I had to come in a little bit earlier because the balance wasn't so great, so the fight was really like that. There was no way I could have gone in first place today but as we have had such a great season, and I have two wins from the last three races, it is just a great achievement for me."

Kimi Raikkonen was stuck behind Ralf and said "I didn't get the best start and Ralf got in front of me and then before the first pit stop I was a bit quicker than him but then he ran longer before his pit stop and pulled away a little bit more. Then I had a moment at the exit of a corner and ran a little bit wide but that was all."
He was happy to be lucky for once and finish in 3rd place after both David Coulthard and Ralf Schumacher dropped out and said "We had some problem and I don't know what it was and I had to slow down on the back straight and then when I came into the chicane and slowed down everything was normal again. Ralf then had some kind of problem with the engine or something and I was a bit lucky. But if I am lucky once a year then it is not a bad thing."

13-Oct: What the teams and drivers said following the Race at Suzuka ... Report

13-Oct: Japanese GP - Race: Michael Schumacher wins his 11th race of the season ahead of team-mate Rubens Barrichello and Kimi Raikkonen. Juan Pablo Montoya. Takuma Sato and  Jenson Button make the top 6 ... Timed Results ... Report ... Notes

13-Oct: Japanese GP - Warm-up Session: Michael Schumacher sets the fastest time ahead of team-mate Rubens Barrichello and Kimi Raikkonen. David Coulthard, Ralf Schumacher and Jarno Trulli 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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