It was a nightmare race for Ferrari in Budapest on Sunday, with Michael Schumacher finishing in eighth place and Rubens Barrichello crashing out. Can Ferrari bounce back?
It was a nightmare race for Ferrari in Budapest on Sunday, with Michael Schumacher finishing in eighth place and Rubens Barrichello crashing out.
Schumacher could only qualify in eighth place and the race was not any better. "Obviously not a great race for me. I spent a lot of time stuck behind a slower car and so could not run at my maximum pace. Then we had a problem with the second pit stop as we were running out of fuel.
"Basically a lot of things did not go the way we wanted. The championship is now really close and at least I am still leading.
Now we have an important test session coming up at Monza, where I am confident we can improve our total package.
"All we can do now is work hard, with a team which I know is capable of doing exactly that and look forward to the final three races of the year."
Ferrari lost their championship lead. Williams now leads with 129 points, with Ferrari on 121 and McLaren on 115. Schumacher also only has a one-point lead over Juan-Pablo Montoya in the drivers’ title race. The German has 72 points.
"Yesterday, I said that the result of qualifying had been disappointing and today, the race result is even more so,” said team boss Jean Todt.
"We were not competitive today. In a race where pit-stop strategy played a key role, Michael was never able to make the most of running new tyres as he always found himself with a slower car ahead of him.
"The titles will now be decided in the final three races. Today is very disappointing, but we know we have the capability to react and return to being competitive at the highest level."
Barrichello crashed after the left rear suspension failed and the rear wheel flew off. "I was running a good race when, for reasons I don't know, I lost the left rear wheel and ended up in the crash barriers,” he said.
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