Brawn admits to 'disappointing result'

World champion Ferrari was forced to admit defeat to its main Michelin-shod rivals in the opening qualifying session for the German Grand Prix at Hockenheim today (Friday)

Brawn admits to 'disappointing result'

Silverstone winner Rubens Barrichello and five-time champion Michael Schumacher could only manage the eighth and ninth fastest times respectively today, as Michelin locked out the first seven positions. Its technical director Ross Brawn had to admit it was one of the team's hardest days in a long time.

"A somewhat disappointing result given that we looked quite competitive this morning, but maybe not competitive enough," said Brawn. "Now we will work on improving the car. Neither driver is completely satisfied with the set-up, so we know we have room to improve in this area. From what we saw in free practice, the tyres are very good in terms of consistency. It might turn out that we won't be on the front row tomorrow, but we can be confident about Sunday's race."

Schumacher, who spun in free practice, also looked on the bright side: "Our competitors seem to have a very strong package over one lap. But we can be confident for the race, because in this morning's free practice session, we saw that our tyres performed very consistently in race trim with a heavy fuel load."

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