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Monaco GP ...

First day of practice

Monte Carlo, 25th May 2006


The Qualifying

Monte Carlo, 27th May 2006

Jean Tod
 "Ferrari notes with great displeasure the decision of the race stewards, which is to delete the times set by Michael Schumacher in qualifying for the Monaco Grand Prix. We totally disagree with it. Such a decision creates a very serious precedent, ruling out the possibility of driver error. Michael was on his final timed lap and he was trying to put his first place beyond doubt, as could be seen from the fact that his first split time was the best and could have seen him do another very good lap. With no real evidence, the stewards have assumed he is guilty."



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13th 1.15.118 5 laps Chassis 254


22nd - 2 laps crash at casino curve Chassis 250



5th 1.13.709 3 laps



1st 1.13.898 15 laps

The Race - There is still a long way to go

Monte Carlo, 28th May 2006

The leading quartet all bunched up on lap 33 so that there was almost nothing between them, although they were thirty seconds ahead of Barrichello who now had Trulli close behind him.

On lap 44, Webber started to drop back only for his engine to lose power due to a burnt electrical loom as he went up the hill. He stopped and the rear end of the car caught fire, so the safety car was brought out, which sent the leading three cars into the pits. Although the safety car picked up the leader when he came out of the pits, there were backmarkers between himself and Raikkonen, whose engine also expired, and Montoya.

When the safety car went in, the race took on a completely new complexion. Alonso was ten seconds ahead of Montoya who in turn was seven seconds ahead of Barrichello. He was tailed by Trulli and the two Red Bulls. The rest were lapped, but they were led by Michael Schumacher being pushed by Fisichella. Alonso allowed them to unlap themselves.

Barrichello, however, had incurred a pit lane speeding penalty and had to come in on lap 63, which cost him his third place, which was then taken over by Trulli,. However, with just six laps to go, the Toyota ground to a halt with failed hydraulics. Coulthard then took over third place which is where he finished. Teammate Klien, however, lost drive, so the resumed Barrichello moved into fourth, and being caught at a tremendous rate by Schumacher. The Ferrari had cut Barrichello's 20 second lead to nothing in 11 laps, but Michael had to follow his former teammate to the chequered flag, finishing fifth. Fisichella was next, while Heidfeld and Ralf Schumacher took the final points. Ferrari's Felipe Massa finished ninth after a tough weekend in which 17 cars finished, more than for many years.

Jean Todt
"Obviously we are very disappointed. Fifth place for Michael and ninth for Felipe are definitely not up to the ability level of our package: a very competitive car, running on really strong Bridgestone tyres. However, the four points Michael has brought home are important. He fought from start to finish, putting on a good performance. Felipe was always in traffic, held up by slower cars and he just missed out on points. Even though today we have lost precious ground in the fight for both championships, our motivation is still very high and we will give our all to tackle the remaining eleven rounds as well as possible."

Michael Schumacher
"I am happy to have got up to fifth in the end, even though I started from pit lane. But I am still disappointed about what happened yesterday, especially in the light of today's performance. I was amazed at how tough the Stewards' decision was. I can understand that, from the outside, things might seem a bit strange, but if you don't have all the information you cannot give an appropriate judgement. The facts have to be examined in an open manner. I am sorry that Fernando's lap was ruined and it was definitely not my intention to do that. At the time, I did not know where his car was because I had been told nothing over the radio. I have been in Formula 1 for sixteen years and I have got used to living with this sort of situation. We are only in the seventh round of the championship and there is still everything to play for. Everyone could see today that I am not the sort to give up."

Felipe Massa
"A race and in fact a weekend to forget as soon as possible. We could have brought home well deserved points but I only managed to get within one place of them. At the start, I managed to get ahead of the Super Aguris but then I was slowed by the collision between the two Midland cars and that pushed me back. In the first stint, I lost so much time behind cars that were definitely slower. Then, I was always in traffic, only managing to push to the maximum for a handful of laps after the pit stop. The car was very good, as were the Bridgestone tyres. I want to say well done to Michael. He drove a great race, showing that he gets his results on the track and not by other means as was unjustly said yesterday. Now we want to turn the page and concentrate on the coming races, where I am sure we will be strong."

Ross Brawn
"The cars went very well for the whole race, as could be seen from the fact we set the fastest race lap with Michael. The Bridgestones were excellent, both in terms of performance and consistency. At half distance we changed strategy, stopping early to get out of traffic and that meant we managed to pass a few cars. Then we were very unlucky with the safety car that came out at the wrong time for us and we actually lost a lap to the cars in front. Michael did a good job to unlap himself and to chase those ahead of him in the final stages, but by then it was too late. Clearly, it's frustrating not to have got the result we could have done. But this disappointment only makes us more determined for the rest of the season. We have the team, the drivers, the cars and the tyres. We will do our utmost to close the gap on our rivals over the next eleven races."





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Michael Schumacher


+ 53.830 78 laps chassis 254

Felipe Massa


+ 1 laps 77 laps chassis 250

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