Drivers: Michael Schumacher (Ferrari) , Kimi Raikkonen (McLaren), Heinz-Harald Frentzen (Sauber)

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Q:
Michael, a great, great win for you. Qualified seventh, had that problem on Saturday morning. Didn't look brilliant in the early laps in the wet, but a great win for you...

Michael Schumacher:
Yeah, a great and an important one. Obviously, an important outcome for the rest of the competitors concerning my position for the championship. And now I'm so pleased. I mean, it's such an emotional day today, so fantastic. After, as you said, not a great qualifying performance, having a good start, being back in the race, falling back due to the rain with slick tires, then coming back with rain tyres, then not knowing what's the weather going to do, being back in slicks, starting to rain again towards the end. There was everything in it today. To win this one in the crucial stage of the championship meant a lot. I am just so thankful to all the guys of Ferrari, because they just carried us to this success. I'm just so thankful.

Q:
We thought that you just pulled up the master stroke of the day coming in on lap 20 as the rain was falling, yet you went out on dry tyres...

MS:
Yeah, it was a crucial moment because we had this sort of rain before which just came and went straightaway. It was, for sure, too dry to go to wet tyres. And this rain just looked it would be another one of those, and it was just a gamble. Coming into the pit-lane, I was thinking and actually saying on the radio 'I wonder if we shouldn't change our decision'. But it was too late anyway - it would have caused a fuss and a mess. Well, afterward, you always know more. We went out on dries. The guys still just did a great job. We came back in straight away, just had a fantastic car for this condition. Unbelievable tyres for this condition, which just gave us the victory today.

Q:
What was your feeling at that point when you went back out on the wets? Were you thinking 'I can still win this'?

MS:
Yeah. It was clear that everybody - among the frontrunners at least... Heinz-Harald did the right move. He was probably one of the only ones that did the right decision. For the frontrunners of the championship, all had done the pit-stops earlier than me, which meant they were on dry tyres and had the same sort of problem that I had, meaning that I was not too far away and would be able to close this gap because we knew pretty much before that our rain tyres would be better than our competitors'.

Q:
What do you think now looking back at that seventh qualifying position? What happened yesterday?

MS:
I think we were just a bit unlucky, honestly. Afterwards, we sort of checked the data, and we got in trouble in turn one and two. Checking it, it was just a big blow of wind coming at the time I was going through that corner. And that cost me a couple of tenths. I knew that. So I was trying to make up in the rest of the circuit. May have been just pushing a little bit too much. It wouldn't work out. I think it's one of those unlucky days where it doesn't work together. But obviously we have worked very well on our starting system, and I was able to catch a lot of positions straight at the start, which brought me back into the fight.

Q:
Thank you, Michael. Kimi, looking so good, great start, took the lead at the start, then the rain....

Kimi Raikkonen:
Yeah, I think so. We lost the race because we were very unlucky with the weather today. But what can you do? I was fighting as much as I could. We only got second place. Of course, it's not the best, because Michael won, and we came second for the championship.

Q:
But you are still in the championship....

KR:
Yeah, but he's always making our life more difficult. But at least we're in the championship. You never know, maybe we have another very difficult race in the last one, and it can all happen there.

Q:
It's amazing the differences between the Bridgestones and the Michelins in those conditions.

KR:
Yeah, I think so. It was just when it's a little bit wet, you can still run with the slicks, which is always to be more stronger. But if it gets really heavy rain, I think we're in with a good chance. If it's between those two, it's just not working, our tyres are not working as well as the Bridgestone. It is much better than last year or beginning of year. Hopefully we're going to get there.

Q:
Thank you, Kimi. Heinz-Harald, last time you were on the podium was here at Indianapolis in 2000....

Heinz-Harald Frentzen:
Yeah, good memories. I'm very happy, especially now our situation, we had a very difficult season. The podium places would not be really our regular target this year. But the perfect conditions for us today helped me. And the team did a good job helping me.

Q:
Perfect conditions for the car, and you always seem to go well in these conditions, too...

HHF:
Well, I have to say I do like it. We seem to be more competitive on wet conditions. We used our joker today.

Q:
How enjoyable was the race for you?

HHF:
Well, I had great fun. But I was really concerned, thinking about finishing second and third in the championship -- excuse me, on the podium [laughter]. We had similar situation this year where we were in the points and we had a last lap, for instance in Monza, a gearbox problem. I was thinking 'okay, I'm going to enjoy it as much as I can'. I don't think about finishing, I just do what I can.

Q:
Michael, amazing atmosphere at Indianapolis this year. I'm sure you'll agree. On the grid, massive cheering and support for you, and also for the other championship contenders. Talk a little bit about Indianapolis this year and your thoughts going into Suzuka now....

MS:
Yeah, I think it was a great event down here. As you say, if you look at the atmosphere, I think it was outstanding, was probably one of the best ones we had this year. The two or three groups, the ones for Ferrari, for Williams and McLaren, and for their drivers, we're cheering up each other and competing each other. It was great all weekend. I mean, if you saw on the Thursday how many spectators there were already to watch the pit walk and to see the cars. You were surprised about this if you saw the first sort of years, it's picking up a lot. That's what everybody I guess suspected would happen. We're happy to deliver something back and give them a good show today.

Q:
Kimi can still do it at Suzuka, it's almost mathematical, you need to fail to score, he needs to win...

MS:
Obviously, it's a very good position for us to start the last race. We just need one point basically. But you never know. I mean, you have first to finish, and that will be obviously the main target. On the other side, I think we have a very reliable car. We have a good record for this, so we will be obviously very optimistic - particularly, my target will be to win another race.

Q:
Congratulations again. If we could have some words from you in your own languages.

 

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