Q: A tense and breathtaking qualifying session, and you are on pole, but
what happened to you in that incident at Rascasse?
Michael Schumacher: I locked up the front and went wide. I wasn’t sure what
was going on after this because of the positioning of the cars and so on, so I
was not aware and in the end, I checked with the guys what the situation was,
where did we end up, because I didn’t expect to be sitting here right now in
this position and they said P1, so I was glad considering what had happened.
Q: Brilliant show of speed today as the track has picked up grip.
MS: We didn’t look very good on Thursday. It was a little bit down to the
tyre choice. We changed our choice and that put us back on the road and yes,
today, this morning, we seemed to be back on pace and we had very good long runs
and so on, so I’m pretty happy.
Q: It was always going to be very congested in those first two qualifying
sessions; you waited until you went out and on both occasions it worked well for
MS: Yeah. It’s difficult to find the perfect slot, but I saw so many cars
going out very early and it was natural to find traffic in these moments so I
just timed it slightly different. When I saw the red flag I thought maybe I
didn’t make the right choice but it came together and the second qualifying
session worked out fine. I just conserved and made sure we were within the top
ten, and then I gave it everything thereafter.
Q: Talk us through your emotions; you don’t seem too happy about it. Do you
think things could have been handled any differently?
FA: Well, I don’t know. I do my maximum in the car, today it was OK, the
car was performing really well. I think I had a good strategy and fantastic
tyres for the race, so we have to wait and see tomorrow, but after dominating
all weekend, to lose the lap because of an accident is not really a good
Q: On Thursday it looked very much a Michelin day but today Ferrari and
Bridgestone have come right back into it.
FA: Yeah, not only Ferrari but we see the Williams here and Toyota was not
too bad here today so I think both tyres are quite competitive, on the same
level, and I’m very optimistic for the race. I think we have something more in
the race, probably in our tyres, so hopefully we can do a good race with no more
Q: Michael, different overalls here, perhaps lucky overalls, first time on
the pole since 2000.
MS: Yeah, well, history is really not important. You have to live in the
present and the new overalls was a very nice design by Philip Morris. We had
this idea in Madonna di Campiglio already and we both liked the idea and thought
Monte Carlo is a special occasion where we could put some colour into it and we
were happy to use it. So let’s see and hope it can be lucky tomorrow, that’s
Q: Michael, just talk us through that incident again if you would?
MS: I think you had best watch the pictures. You will see me locking up and
just running out of road.
Q: And then did you stall?
MS: Not initially. Initially I tried to get reverse but it was hesitating
to move and then finally I stalled.
Q: In comparison to Thursday, a complete change in performance. You
mentioned a change of tyres; was it just that?
MS: No, it was obviously not just that, probably it was also the track
coming to us plus making some changes to the car. Maybe there were some other
reasons in terms of how we approached the weekend, slightly differently to the
other guys which showed us not as strong as we could have been. The other point
is that a lot of people used new tyres on Thursday and we didn’t.