Reports & Results
What the teams and drivers said -
Williams ( Ralf
Schumacher - 1st , Juan Pablo Montoya - 2nd )
Sam Michael: "It
is a fantastic day for us having both cars on the front row. The drivers
and the engineers did a brilliant job getting the cars to where they were
under these difficult conditions as the final qualifying actually was the
first completely dry session. We are very confident for tomorrow's race
regarding the strategy and the tyres."
Mario Theissen: "It
was almost one year ago, at the Nurburgring, since we were on the first
row with both the cars. After the pole and the victory in Monaco today's
performance proves we definitely are on an improving curve. The key factor
for our success was that the track became completely dry at noon. Both the
drivers had good laps, Ralf's an excellent one. We didn't think we could
achieve such good starting positions after our poor performance on Friday.
Huge compliments to all the team."
Ralf Schumacher: "I
had a really good lap. My car was well balanced and everything worked out
well. Also the weather conditions seem to suit our Michelin tyres pretty
well - it is not too cold and just a bit damp. Furthermore I believe we
are on a good race strategy, but just two weeks ago I experienced what can
happen and change over a race distance. Of course it is my target to win
here having missed out in Monaco, especially as I really like this circuit
and Montreal a lot. I am sure we are facing an exciting race."
Juan Pablo Montoya: "I
am quite surprised we are on the first row today, we knew we could be
competitive but we didn't expect to be so far up. I made a little mistake
in the first sector at turn three and I lost a bit of time there and also
maybe the tyres that we decided to go for with my car at the last minute
were not the ideal, but all in all I believe we are in a pretty good
shape. It is clear that under dry conditions our tyres are a lot more
competitive than in the wet. We should have a good race tomorrow as we
have a very good package and a lot of power."
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( Michael Schumacher - 3rd, Rubens Barrichello - 5th )
Jean Todt: "Once again this season, we have
witnessed a very closely contested qualifying session. The warm-up and
qualifying provided our only real opportunity to run on a dry track. When it
comes to evaluating what we saw on the track, we have to take into
consideration the different fuel levels chosen for the start of the race.
Although Michael's third place and Rubens' fifth is not the ideal situation, I
am confident about our chances of having a good race. In terms of the
championship, which reaches the halfway point here in Montreal, we know how
important it is to pick up as many points as possible with both cars."
Ross Brawn: "It is a bit premature to say the Bridgestone tyres
did not work as well in the dry as they did in the wet. In qualifying the
track was obviously still green and so we will have to wait until tomorrow in
race conditions to see what is the real situation. We have a good strategy and
I am confident. Of course, we will have to keep an eye on the cars in front of
us. Naturally, I am a little bit disappointed with the way qualifying went and
I hope things will go better in the race, when I am sure we will be more
"Considering the quality of my lap, I have to be happy with third place.
It was not one of my better ones. Even if I had put together a perfect lap, I
think it would have been difficult to get pole. We were very competitive in
the wet, but in the dry it seems much closer, but of course the fuel loads
will have clouded the picture a bit. I saw that Raikkonen was off the track,
but I just concentrated on doing my job. I cannot ignore the fact that having
him starting from the back of the grid is important in terms of the
championship fight. We had some misfortune early on in the season and we can
see that with the new rules, sometimes they work for you and sometimes against
you. Consistency in terms of tyre performance will be important for tomorrow's
"In this morning's free practice, I had a trouble free run in the wet.
Then, in the warm-up, I had a few problems with the brakes. At the start of my
qualifying flying lap, I flat-spotted the tyres and that affected the rest of
my lap. Nevertheless, I believe I can have a good race. On this track, it is
possible to overtake and make up some places. We will have to wait and see."
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( Fernando Alonso - 4th , Jarno Trulli - 8th )
Pat Symonds: "Weather conditions this weekend have played a
large part in the event so far. Our Friday testing has paid off once
again, and we find ourselves in a competitive position. Jarno's accident
at the end of the warm-up forced him to use the T-car, but this did not
compromise his position as he felt the car was good. Fernando's position
is particularly encouraging and we hope that he will be able to make use
of our launch control to further improve on this at the start of the race."
Denis Chevrier: "In light of the circumstances we have
encountered today, I think we can say this is an excellent result. We had
a good day, with the exception of a single incident which didn't stop us
from getting a favourable result. On the technical side, the weekend has
been problem-free so far, even if the wet conditions are less demanding
mechanically than in the dry. If the weather holds, I think we can
challenge strongly tomorrow."
Fernando Alonso: "I am very happy, not just with
qualifying but with our work throughout the day. We had a good morning,
trying lots of different set-ups, and we were always competitive in the
wet. In qualifying, it was definitely a small advantage to be running
towards the end of the session. The car was good and I didn't make any
mistakes: to be fourth on the grid is a good starting point for tomorrow."
Jarno Trulli: "First of all, I need to say a big thank
you to my mechanics, who did a brilliant job today. I had to use the spare
car, which was originally set up for Fernando, and the timed lap was my
first in that car this weekend. Taking that into account, I think I can be
pleased to be starting eighth tomorrow."
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( Mark Webber - 6th, Antonio Pizzonia - 13th )
Dr Mark Gillan: "It has been quite a difficult
weekend up until now with Friday being the only opportunity to have done some
dry testing in preparation for today and the race. We took full advantage of
our two hours testing yesterday to prepare for what we thought would be a dry
qualifying and hopefully a dry race. Outside of this, the rest of Friday and
this morning were difficult because of how wet it was. Nonetheless, we
achieved a lot yesterday on balance, wing settings and tyre comparisons and
this work paid dividends today.
Both drivers did an excellent job and the team's preparation deserves strong
credit too. To be starting the race tomorrow alongside a Ferrari is very
pleasing but our aim is to be reliable - something we have not demonstrated to
the degree required. Reliability is not something you achieve overnight and we
are working tirelessly to accelerate the process. After the retirement of both
cars in Monaco, we changed several internal procedures in an effort to ensure
reliability this weekend but it's a long-term and on-going process. Yet again
we have proved the pace of the Jaguar R4 and it's now time to see whether our
reliability goals will see us through to the end of the race and subsequently
some championship points."
Mark Webber: "I'm delighted to have secured P6 and I don't
think there is anything more I could have done out there. That was about as
perfect a lap as I could have hoped for and very pleasing given how difficult
it is to get all the braking points right around this circuit. The dry track
conditions have obviously helped us today and combined with the Michelin
rubber, the car worked very well indeed. We changed quite a few things on the
car from this morning to suit the dry conditions and combined with the
thorough data we gathered yesterday from the two-hour test, the team's
preparation has been nothing short of impressive.
This is a very challenging circuit and renowned as a 'car breaker' -
particularly on the brakes - and our goal is simply to cross the finishing
line. The team has come an awful long way in a very short space of time and
our immediate challenge is to realise the full potential of this race package
through reliability. We are very well placed to make a points challenge
tomorrow but this will be dictated mainly through reliability. The guys
haven't stopped working since our unfortunate and premature Monaco exit and
let's hope we can repay their hard work with some points tomorrow."
Antonio Pizzonia: "I am pleased with my lap time,
albeit I lost a couple of tenths through understeer at the first corner. As
one of the first guys out, you don't take full advantage of rubber being laid
onto the track but that's the way it goes. Given the strategy I am on for
tomorrow's race, my overall performance today is pleasing and I am looking
forward to racing around this circuit tomorrow.
It is fast, with tricky braking points and very little room for mistakes.
Having never raced here before, I have to say that I enjoy the track and
assuming we have reliability on our side tomorrow, we are well prepared and
well placed to put on a competitive show. The weather, however, remains
unpredictable and in the end, that will be the deciding factor for the race
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Toyota ( Olivier Panis -
7th, Cristiano da Matta - 9th )
Keizo Takahashi: "We had some trouble in free
practice this morning after both Olivier and Cristiano had off-track
excursions, which caused damage to both TF103s. Consequently Cristiano was
forced to use the spare car and the mechanics had to work a lot on the
cars in the short space of time before qualifying. Both drivers and team
did an exceptional job in the qualifying hour, especially given the lack
of time we have had to fine-tune the cars in the dry. I would also like to
say that Michelin have once again provided us with very good tyres this
weekend, for which we are thankful. All in all I am overjoyed with our
best ever joint qualifying result of the season so far."
Olivier Panis: "I am pleased with the results
of qualifying today - for myself, Cristiano and the whole team. We had
some problems in practice this morning. I made a spin in the first
session, which caused some damage to the car, but everybody in the team
reacted very well to get the car in a good shape for qualifying. I would
like to extend my thanks to all the mechanics for their professional and
quick work today. We appear to be reasonably competitive here and starting
from 7th and 9th, we are in a good position for the race."
Cristiano da Matta: "Unfortunately we did not
complete much running in the drying track conditions this morning. The
only dry running we have done this weekend were the few laps I completed
in the warm-up. As a result, there is still some work to be done on
improving my driving finesse around this track. All things considered, the
qualifying lap was quite a good effort and I have gone one better than my
previous best qualifying result in Monaco, and I look forward to seeing
what we can do from 9th in tomorrow's race."
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( Heinz Harald Frentzen - 10th, Nick Heidfeld - 12th )
Peter Sauber: "The 10th and 12th positions
give us a good basis for the race tomorrow. Both drivers have shown once
again that they can stand the immense mental pressure of the single
qualifying lap. Looking at our strategy, they gave a solid performance."
Heinz Harald Frentzen:
"I am happy with my result considering the hectic circumstances
during the warm-up. In the morning the team was quite busy due to my crash
and then the engine failure we suffered, but luckily they were able to fix
the car just in time. Thanks to my team for their good job."
"Of course, my qualifying lap wasn't as good as the one yesterday,
but in the changed circumstances we didn't expect it to be. Nevertheless
we have finished quite well compared to other Bridgestone runners and I
didn't make any real mistakes."
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( David Coulthard - 11th, Kimi Raikkonen - 20th - No Time )
"The outcome of today�s qualifying will require creative strategy
by the team if we are to leave Canada with significant points finishes.
However we have faced similar challenges before and the team and the
drivers have proved their ability to respond."
"A disappointing outcome of qualifying and certainly the worst basis
for Kimi�s race tomorrow. However all the team will do everything to
make the best of the situation and fight for good results in the race."
"I�m not happy with my qualifying position. I suffered from
oversteer coming into the last chicane and lost about half a second. I
think that without that I would definitely be further up the grid. However
there is nothing I can do about it now and I will focus on tomorrow�s
"Of course I�m disappointed with today�s qualifying. I ran wide
at the first corner as I had a bit more understeer than in warm-up which I
wasn�t prepared for. The exit of the corner was very slippery and I hit
the kerb and went off the track. I�m not sure yet how much damage was
done to the car, but I don�t expect it to be too much. I don�t know
what will happen in the race tomorrow but I know that anything is possible
and that we will do our best."
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BAR ( Jacques Villeneuve -
14th , Jenson Button - 17th )
"Having pinpointed our problem in yesterday's running, we made a positive
step overnight which saw us improve to third and fifth in free practice this
morning. Unfortunately we were unable to translate that progress into this
afternoon's session and we are obviously disappointed to be starting so far
down the grid. Having said that, this is renowned for being an eventful race
and we will now be looking to optimise our strategy in order to make the most
of every opportunity tomorrow."
"We had good free practice sessions this morning with the opportunity to
run both the extreme wet and normal wet tyres. We felt that we had improved
substantially since first qualifying and both drivers were very competitive.
The warm-up session was the first time we were able to use the dry tyres but
clearly have not made the best of the car's potential this afternoon. Jacques
ran first, which is a disadvantage, and his last sector was disappointing
compared with warm-up. Jenson made a mistake in that final sector, missing the
final chicane. The forecast is for a dry race tomorrow and we are confident
that we will be stronger in the race than we have been in qualifying."
Shuhei Nakamoto: "Both engines ran well today and
our grid positions don't really reflect where we are this weekend. Going out
later in the running order would have benefited us as the track conditions
improved throughout the session. It was unfortunate that Jenson made a mistake
towards the end of his run as he was quick through the first sector. We're all
hoping for better results tomorrow."
"It wasn't a bad lap; there was a couple of tenths still to be had
but at least there were no mistakes. Like most of the teams we only got a few
laps in the dry so the set-up isn't optimised. I think we'll be stronger in
the race - not as strong as we would be in a wet race but we can certainly
improve on qualifying. This is always an exciting race so I'm looking forward
Jenson Button: "We had a very good free practice
this morning with Jacques and I swapping places in the top three at one point.
As the track has continued to dry though we've struggled to keep up with the
Michelin runners. My qualifying lap was poor from the beginning. I had very
low grip throughout and the car wasn't handling at all well, then the rears
locked up in the last corner. Even without that problem it wouldn't have been
a very impressive lap. It's very disappointing to be starting the race from
17th. It looks like it's going to be dry as well so from this position we have
a lot of hard work to do to make the best of things tomorrow once we are able
to get more heat into the tyres."
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( Jos Verstappen - 15th, Justin Wilson - 18th )
Paul Stoddart: "What a fantastic performance from our drivers
-- they both drove mega-laps in qualifying this afternoon. It's a shame about
Kimi, but these things happen. It's just racing."
Jos Verstappen: "It was a fantastic lap, like the one in
Monaco two weeks ago. We had some difficulties with the car in the wet this
morning, and I certainly preferred that we had dry conditions for qualifying
this afternoon. I'd like to thank the mechanics, as they did a great job with
all the changes we made to the car today. The qualifying lap was a good one,
with no mistakes, and I'm very pleased with the time."
Justin Wilson: "It was a pretty clean lap. I had a bit
of moment halfway round when the car hit a damp patch, but I was
generally happy with my qualifying run this afternoon. The two hours of
testing on Friday, which took place in dry conditions, may have helped
us today, as I certainly know the circuit better than I otherwise would
have. It gives you the confidence to push just that little bit harder."
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( Giancarlo Fisichella - 16th, Ralph Firman - 19th )
"Both drivers made mistakes at the first corner and when you do that
you lose everything because you're under pressure trying to play catch-up for
the rest of the lap. When you flat spot the front tyres the brakes don't work
right afterwards so it's not good to do it at the beginning of the lap. I
don't really know what to say other than it didn't turn out the way we wanted
it to. We'll see what happens tomorrow with fuel strategies and just do the
best we can."
"Obviously it's been a very frustrating qualifying session. I went
into turn one and locked up the front tyres in a big way and lost the line.
Then it happened again just under the bridge and I went into the grass, losing
quite a lot of time. I am very disappointed because maybe with a good lap I
had the possibility to be in the top 10. Anyway the race is a long one, so
Ralph Firman: "That was disappointing. I had a good day yesterday
but clearly today was not so good. I locked up the wheels at the first corner
and then had a flat spot on the tyre all the way round the circuit. We'll have
to try our best in the race and wait and see what happens."
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