Drivers: Michael Schumacher (Ferrari), Juan Pablo Montoya (Williams), Rubens Barrichello (Ferrari)

Questions from the floor:

Q:
Michael, what is your opinion about your brother's problems? Have you spoken to him this morning?

Michael Schumacher:
Nope. I didn't have the chance to speak about this because he left very early this morning. I just got the information...I heard last night already that he didn't feel well and I think it is the absolute correct decision for him to do what he is doing, because an accident as he has had needs certainly time to recover from. I think that is the most reasonable decision he could have done.

Q:
Were you surprised - because he seemed to be in really good shape?

MS:
Yeah, that shows how tough Formula One is, and how different Formula One is, because we were out for a soccer game on Thursday night, and he was feeling well and
you wouldn't have expected anything. But then going in a Formula One car is certainly another story. It is a lot higher frequency and it is a completely different effort and, obviously, that didn't suit him and he couldn't take that, which is very understandable. I have some opinions from doctors and I have obviously been through other things in the past so I understand the situation.

Q:
Juan, do you feel a bit penalised that Ralf is not here and cannot help you today by putting himself in the middle of the contention between you and Ferrari?

Juan Pablo Montoya:
You have got to think that Ralf was still in the championship, you couldn't really count him out. If for some reason any of us would DNF, that was a position Ralf could take, and he would be right back in it. If two of us would crash, he could be in a really good position in the championship. I wasn't looking at Ralf as a guy, at this point, to help me with the championship. I have got to do it myself. I think having Marc here has been good for the championship, especially for the team. He did a really good job, he did a lot of long runs last week, so the main goal for him is to score some good points. We are still leading the constructors' championship and I am a point down on Michael so tomorrow we have got to do the best we can to try to keep that lead.

Q:
Juan, how much do you think that having a new front tyre affected the lap time you were able to set?

JPM:
Not a lot really. I am pretty happy. I think Michelin did a fantastic job with it and, hopefully, we can beat them with that. And it would be even probably more special.

Q:
Michael, do you consider that, during this summer, Ferrari suffered more than other teams from the test ban?

MS:
I wouldn't think so, no. There are just simply periods where the development phases of different teams may show up or don't show up and we simply have obviously
not developed our performance enough before the summer break. I don't think we had anything more available to test, actually, during the break. It needed time to develop all those things and actually the summer break gives the opportunity to do this, where you sit at home and everyone has the freedom to look at a lot more different things than if you are doing the racing business and testing business.

Q:
Michael, at the last three grands prix you were behind Rubens in qualifying and you are not used to that. How do you explain it happening three times in a row?

MS:
There are many reasons. The first one is that Rubens is doing a very good job. He has got along with the car much better, and it just suits him and he really puts it down to the point. I have not been so successful in that respect and we have had a couple of little issues of setting the car on top. So altogether with the tight lap times we have had in those races that puts you where I ended up.

Q:
Michael, after Hungary, your president said it was a performance that should never be seen again from Ferrari. Then you come here in Italy in front of your home
crowd - did you feel the pressure and how did that affect you today or may affect you tomorrow?

MS:
The point is that, when you have disappointing results, you just really need to sit seriously together and think what have you done wrong? Where do you have to
improve? The president is obviously very helpful in that in order to get us focussed to the right point. He obviously pinpoints the weakness from his point of view and you put the focus to this. But I think there is no sort of extra pressure on us that is unusual. We always have a certain pressure. We have been winning the championship for constructors and drivers the last three years and four years constructors, so our target is very clear and the sort of job we have done in the last two races is not acceptable, for no-one. So there is no extra pressure, especially with the result now. Everyone knows the job we have done proved to be right and we can go on and concentrate on racing.

 

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