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27-Sep: At the Friday press conference for the United States GP,
Michael Schumacher is hoping to be able to race his team-mate at the
US GP but admitted that the decision remained with Jean Todt and said
"It was obvious that we wanted to drive in a way that Rubens secured
his second position and he supported me in winning the championship as
much as he could, so it was natural that I would support him in his
achievement. I believe, if my calculation is right, if I would win this
race, then it would automatically mean for him a second, which means that
- maybe Jean can say more about this - we can race free."
Ralf Schumacher talked about his move on Montoya at
the first chicane at the start of the Italians GP and said "That's
Formula One racing at the end of the day. I don't know, I'm surprised.
Usually I would be pointed out not to overtake people. So maybe that's
why. But, you know, I try my best and if there's a chance, as I usually
say, and I see the chance, I take it as I took there. It was very
optimistic there. Because of the way the circuit is designed there, it
Jacques Villeneuve indicated that he was really
looking forward to next year's BAR and said "I think next year we'll
finally have a Formula One car and that is a very nice thing.
Jean Todt didn't confirm that his drivers are free
to race and said "At the beginning of the season we had the first
objective which was Ferrari manufacturers' world champion and it seemed
like Michael had better chances to be driver champion. So the team did
support him as much as it could. And once it was achieved, the second goal
was to allow Rubens to win the second position. And now Rubens is leading
the third by 17 points. And definitely if Michael is winning this race,
then Rubens would be second and we will achieve the result. But I mean
it's many other cases which can happen. So once we see what is happening
in qualifying, we will decide what is in the best interest for
Frank Williams is hoping upset Ferrari's dominance
soon and said "I've always thought the best racing cars come out of
the most creative minds, not necessarily from the most technology. And I
guess Jean's in possession of the greatest car presently. This will
change, we certainly hope so, Ron and I do at least."
Ron Dennis explained the situation with the Illmor
acquisition by Mercedes and said "It's taken a great deal of time to
arrive at this particular decision. But it's just one of the things that
probably reflects how committed DaimlerChrysler is and, of course, McLaren to
winning the World Championship, and any decision we take together - and that
was a significant decision - is carefully thought through and obviously taken
with a purpose to be better on the track. And we have DaimlerChrysler
developing a significant resource in Stuttgart, have over another 125
engineers now that have been assembled over the last few months, and the
acquisition of Ilmor is the last part in significantly raising the efforts to
have the best available engine in the pit lane, and that's just one of the
many decisions and changes that have been made."
So there's never any magic. And I don't think it's resource-driven in respect of certainly the three teams that we represent. I think we all have excellent resources. I think it's inevitable that your resources move ahead. I mean Frank is not building a new wind tunnel because he thinks he has the best one at the moment, that's for sure and, you know, as was the case with Jean and Ferrari who have enjoyed the benefits of a new wind tunnel for three or four years now and we're just reaping the benefits of ours. Resources and facilities, you tend to leapfrog all the way through and that's what we're trying desperately hard to do, as is Frank. You're trying to take not an incremental step, but a quantum step, and that means you'll push down various paths which are not going to give instant technical gratification. It takes time to come back on top. You've got to have the stamina and focus, determination, budget, resources and all of these things and you just have to keep powering forward. In the end, people who have won in the past tend to win in the future."
27-Sep: What the teams and drivers said following Friday practice at Indy ... Report
27-Sep: US GP – 2nd Friday Practice Session: Michael Schumacher continues to set the pace ahead of Eddie Irvine and David Coulthard. Kimi Raikkonen, Jacques Villeneuve and Heinz Harald Frentzen make the top 6 ... Timed Results ... Report ... Notes
27-Sep: US GP – 1st Friday Practice Session: Michael Schumacher sets the fastest time of the session ahead of Giancarlo Fisichella and Pedro de la Rosa. Eddie Irvine, Juan Pablo Montoya and Takuma Sato make the top 6 ... Timed Results ... Report ... Notes
27-Sep: "It is all over!" is the title of the 27th issue from the Diagnosis and Prognosis Series for the 2002 season. In this issue, the Heretic looks at the upcoming US Grand Prix - Issue 27
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