Melbourne, 2nd April 2006
Jean Todt: "It was a weekend to forget. Going home without points is a very bitter feeling, given that we had all we
needed to succeed. Felipe paid a high price for yesterday's qualifying, getting caught up in the sort of situation that
typically happens towards the back of the pack at the start. After a first part to the race which was difficult as it was
hard to get the tyres up to temperature, Michael went on the attack to try and move up the order. Unfortunately, he
lost control of the car after clipping a kerb which unbalanced the car and ended up in the wall. This big
disappointment does not alter our targets, but it does make them harder to reach. Now we want to show with
results that we have what it takes to get back on top, starting when we race at home in Imola."
Michael Schumacher: "I was pushing to the maximum to try and close on Jenson and pass him. Probably he had
some problems as he was not very quick. I tucked in behind him and unexpectedly I got some heavy understeer
and finished on the grass. I had to push, because that's the part of the track where it's possible to pass. Today, our
main problem was keeping the tyres up to temperature, especially in the first part of the race and also because
there were a few safety car periods. We had chosen this compound specifically for the race, and once they reached
the right operating temperature, they were going well, as was obvious after the pit stop. At first, it was difficult to
drive, as after locking the wheels a few times the tyres were completely finished. It's clear we have a lot of work to
Felipe Massa: "Not much to say at the first turn, I had Klien on my left and Speed on my right. Christian touched me,
which spun me around and to the right, then I hit Rosberg and ended up in the barrier. There was nothing I could
do as I was basically a passenger in my car. I am very unhappy because I am sure I could have had a good race.
It's been a weekend to forget. Now we must turn the page and work to be as well prepared as possible for Imola."
Ross Brawn: "It was a bad day. In the first stint of the race, Michael could not push the way he wanted as he
struggled to get the tyres up to temperature, which was also partly down to the many safety car periods. Then, in the
second part, it was clear that he could maintain a good pace. A shame about the accident which meant a good
result was not possible. Now we have work to do, with significant developments to be tried