European GP - Ferrari - Qualifying
It was a solid day for Ferrari as Michael Schumacher
and Felipe Massa dominated the morning practice session at Nurburgring and then qualified second and third for the Grand prix itself in the afternoon.
Both Schumacher and Massa believe
that their Bridgestone-shod 248 F1 package will be able to challenge for the race win tomorrow afternoon.Michael Schumacher
“I am happy to be on the front row. We have been strong all weekend and so we can be optimistic about tomorrow’s race. The fact that the Renault is on pole does not surprise me, but I think we have a great chance of fighting for the win. Naturally, strategy will be vitally important. I think we will see a very close race for the win and as you know, I like a fight.”
“This third place is a good starting point and I am pleased with my performance today. Our package works very well at this track and so I am confident for tomorrow’s race, when I hope to improve on my performance in Imola. I am not surprised to also be competitive here at the Nurburgring, because the 248 F1 has proved to be strong right from the start of the season. My quick lap was very good.
With this qualifying format, you need to be very careful about choosing the right moment to go out on track and today, I waited for a moment in pit lane after changing tyres, in order to create a space between me and the cars that had gone out before me.”
“I’m very pleased with the cars’ performance and the balance that we had. We have made some genuine progress over the last few races and we saw that again here today. The Bridgestone tyres are very consistent which means we have a good tyre for the race and so I am optimistic for tomorrow. This afternoon, we had no problems, both drivers got clean laps, so it all points to a very exciting race tomorrow.”
“It was a very closely contested qualifying session, which saw us come away with second and third places for Michael and Felipe respectively. Drivers, team, chassis, engine, Bridgestone tyres and Shell fuel and lubricants all worked well and this result should allow us to fight as front runners tomorrow. The decisive factors that will influence the final outcome are the same as ever: reliability, strategy and consistent tyre performance.”