Drivers: Michael Schumacher (Ferrari), Juan Pablo Montoya (Williams-BMW), and Rubens Barrichello (Ferrari).

Questions from the floor:

Q:
Michael, we have just worked out that you have won the fastest Grand Prix in history. Your average speed of 247km/h was 5km/h faster than the previous record. What are your thoughts on that?

Michael Schumacher:
Well, I guess it is so long ago I wasn't even alive at that stage when the first one was set. Or was I? (MS is told it was in 1971) Ah, '71. Those two weren't (alive)! No, I don't think very strongly about that. It doesn't give me a pleasure. Ten points and fastest lap and things like that, they give me far more pleasure.

Q:
Juan Pablo, your car was not as fast as the Ferrari's on the straight. Do you have any complaints for the set-up?

Juan Pablo Montoya:
No, we went for more downforce because we thought it would keep the tyres more alive and if you look at the average laps it was pretty good. In the first stint Michael was a little bit quicker, in the second one I was quicker, I was catching him. On the last set of tyres we had some problems and that was it. But I think the way we ran the car was for us the optimum way. You could take the wing off - look at Mark's speed and you will see it was higher than mine because he went with a different set-up to mine. I ended up I don't know how many seconds in front of him so I think my decision was probably better.

Q:
Juan, you seemed to suffer in the second sector whereas the first and the third you were the same or even quicker. What was the problem in the second one?

JPM:
I had quite a bit of instability into the chicane and into the first Lesmo. I was trying to push but it was a bit critical, too on the edge. You push when you have to push but some laps you are sliding so much you are better off taking it a bit easier. By trying to make up a tenth you ended up losing three or four, so it was not worth it.

Q:
Juan Pablo, could you confirm that you lost time in the third stint just because of traffic or was there some warning from the telemetry?

JPM:
No, I was about a second behind Michael and the team told me I was taking two or three tenths of a lap from him then I got to Frentzen and I was suddenly four seconds behind him. Then we were quite even, then I got to, what's his name, the Jordan guy, the new guy. Er, Baum... (He is told it is Baumgartner) Yeah. I don't remember his last name, sorry. It's very difficult! (Laughter) You know, I lost about another two or three seconds and then I said, you know, I can push as hard as I can and take three or four tenths out of Michael. By the time the race is over I am going to be four seconds behind. That's useful! I knew we had to finish and fight for another day really. You can't do anything else today.

Q:
Michael and Rubens, traditionally your car is very fast here in the low downforce circuit. But next two rounds you have more downforce. Do you think you will be so competitive as you were here?

MS:
I don't know if Ferrari traditionally is good on low downforce. I think it is only maybe the last two years, if at all, and last year I think we were traditionally quick everywhere actually! Indy is not really high downforce, it is probably more on the lower downforce side. If it is just down to the characteristic of how much downforce you use I would be surprised. I think a lot more factors will play a part. What I said before is valid for the end of the championship, honestly. I think we will be competitive for the last races, not only for here.

Q:
Michael and Juan Pablo, most of us enjoy a bit of competitive driving on the road. You two guys went into that first sequence of corners with the world championship possibly at stake. What were your feelings when you were actually alongside each other and then when you got out of that sequence of corners. Was your heart going a bit more than normal?

JPM:
Not for me, really. We're racing, I saw it was probably going to be the clearest chance to pass Michael and I had to give it a try. If you don't try, you don't succeed. What can you do? Just brake, turn, and see what happens. (Laughter).

MS:
Except it is exciting, to have a manoeuvre and to be so close but you don't really think of anything else but that situation and try to handle it appropriately.

 

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