Austria Preview Quotes: Ferrari

Michael Schumacher: "After two strong races for us, I am impatient to tackle the next Grand Prix, which will give us a chance to close up the gap in the world championship. Last year, the Austrian event was difficult for us, but it is not worth making any comparisons with today, as the current situation is very different. It is also the last Austrian Grand Prix, which is a shame, especially as I always enjoy the fantastic countryside at this circuit. People like to think I don't like this track very much, but that's not true. It's just that things have never gone perfectly for me at Zeltweg. The track layout is not the most difficult nor the quickest, but it is definitely interesting, especially as it offers good overtaking opportunities. From a technical viewpoint, the A1-Ring demands a lot of the brakes and front tyres and you need a well balanced car not to ruin the tyres.” Then of course, the right set-up is essential. “As far as that is concerned, our car is a big help because it has no real weak points. The way the F2003-GA is shaping up, we can have high hopes for Austria."

Austria Preview Quotes: Ferrari

Michael Schumacher: "After two strong races for us, I am impatient to tackle the next Grand Prix, which will give us a chance to close up the gap in the world championship. Last year, the Austrian event was difficult for us, but it is not worth making any comparisons with today, as the current situation is very different. It is also the last Austrian Grand Prix, which is a shame, especially as I always enjoy the fantastic countryside at this circuit. People like to think I don't like this track very much, but that's not true. It's just that things have never gone perfectly for me at Zeltweg. The track layout is not the most difficult nor the quickest, but it is definitely interesting, especially as it offers good overtaking opportunities. From a technical viewpoint, the A1-Ring demands a lot of the brakes and front tyres and you need a well balanced car not to ruin the tyres.” Then of course, the right set-up is essential. “As far as that is concerned, our car is a big help because it has no real weak points. The way the F2003-GA is shaping up, we can have high hopes for Austria."

Rubens Barrichello: "It's true I like this track. It is not that hard to drive, but it is extremely difficult to set up the car. You have to run low downforce, but you still have difficult corners like the two left handers where you have to carry a lot of speed and the final corner is also critical for a good lap time. I have always been strong there and my one regret is that I never drove on the old long circuit. When I was a little boy, I really enjoyed watching the cars race there. I like the atmosphere of the place and it is a good track, because it has overtaking potential and you do not have to make too much of a compromise in qualifying. For these reasons, I am very sad that this is probably the last year we are going to race there. I hope it comes back on the calendar in the future. For sure this track suits me. I just have to get on with my job. I have been very close to winning this year and I hope the first victory comes soon."

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