Michael Schumacher:

"As we had a good test last week, I did not go out in the morning session in order to save my tyres. Then I went off the track on my first run this afternoon because the brake balance was not right. After we fixed the problem, I managed to get through all of our programme for the day."

Eddie Irvine:

"Of course it is very positive for us to be at the front. However, the car was not as easy to drive as it was during last week's test here, when we did a lot of work. The wind has changed direction, and it is as though I am driving a different car. I tried the new aerodynamic modifications, but I am not yet sure what difference they make. Tyre choice will not be straightforward either."

Mika Hakkinen:

"We spent most of this morning checking set-up and establishing how it has changed from the test that we did here last week. Everything went well, but we still have some work to do before qualifying tomorrow."

David Coulthard:

"The balance of the car is a little different to how it was at the test because of the different track conditions. I had a little spin coming out of the last chicane, but it is nothing to worry about. We just have to evaluate where we are, and go forward from there."

Alex Zanardi:

"Of course, I am quite happy with today's result, although I would be a fool to delude myself into thinking that I could be in the same position after tomorrow's qualifying with some further improvement in the car. I believe that our performance came also thanks to the fact that today we ran in the best moment of the practice session."

"I hope that today I have found a good set-up for the car that will allow me to qualify among the first ten tomorrow."

Heinz-Harald Frentzen:

"I feel at a slight disadvantage since I did not test here last week. There is quite a lot of work to do to squeeze the last couple of tenths or hundredths out of the car, and it would have been good to have been able to test here."

"There is a lot of information we still need to get - for example, we need to see how the balance is on new tyres, and we need to work on a qualifying set-up. But I felt okay in the car, and was not in any pain, so I cannot complain."

Jean Alesi:

"Prior to the shunt, the car felt okay and, though the lap times in general are slower than they were during testing last week, that's mainly because the circuit itself was slower today."

"The accident this morning was my fault. I just went into the corner too fast and, once I had lost control of the car, there was nothing more I could do to get it back. I feel a bit stiff but, otherwise, I am okay. I haven't seen the television yet, but I gather it was quite spectacular."

Rubens Barrichello:

"The conditions are very different today [to how they were in testing], and I think everyone is suffering quite a bit. There was a lot of cross wind around, which affected the handling of the car, particularly in the slower sections of the circuit. I was working on getting the right balance in case we have similar conditions for the rest of the weekend. I'm reasonably happy with the progress we have made, and feel confident that there is more to come in time for qualifying."

Ralf Schumacher:

"Generally I am happy with the car although, in some corners, we have some understeer problems, but I am quite sure that we will sort these out by tomorrow. At the end of the last session I could not go out anymore because we struggled a little with the gearbox, but I am quite confident for tomorrow."

Johnny Herbert:

"I'm not too concerned about finishing where I did because it looks like qualifying is going to be very close. We will concentrate further tomorrow on getting the car balanced, as I experienced a bit of understeer turning in, and the car was a little twitchy on exit under power."

"The tyre degradation was severe and the track surface was quite slippery, too. I has a moment during the second session when I damaged a rim and, in conditions like these you really have to look after the tyres. You can see from the times some drivers did on new tyres that there is a big difference in performance level."

Jean Todt:

"We did not run too much today, as we had already tested here last week. It is difficult to draw any conclusions because of the different wind conditions. Both Michael and Eddie used the new aerodynamic configuration but, on his first run, Michael had a brake balance problem."

Ron Dennis:

"The only thing that splits the top four at the moment is ambient temperature, fuel load and tyre conditions. It was just a normal Friday."

Damon Hill:

"I was not as competitive today as I was in testing last week, and I do not feel so good about the balance, so we need to do some work overnight to get back to where we were."

Jacques Villeneuve:

"It was a difficult day. We were running the harder compound tyres today, and that gives us problems in setting up the car, like in Montreal, but this afternoon we seemed to improve things a little. My spin at the end of the session was due to an oil breather hose failure."

Pedro Diniz:

"I lost half the running today because this morning my car lost fuel pressure during my first lap out of the pits. The balance wasn't too great, and there is more work to do there, but the track also seemed very slippery all day. It was a bit faster because the temperature was lower, so this afternoon we only used one set of tyres and concentrated on doing some set-up work for the race."



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