Ralf admits to qualifying error

Ralf Schumacher accepted the blame for a mistake that saw his time disallowed after the German missed the first chicane during the first qualifying session for the Italian Grand Prix at Monza

Ralf admits to qualifying error

Schumacher's time was good enough for fifth on the grid, while BMW WilliamsF1 team-mate Juan Pablo Montoya proved the car's pace by setting provisional pole. But the FIA annulled Ralf's time despite the German appearing to back off in the second sector of his lap.

"My qualifying today was compromised by a mistake I made just before the chicane," said Schumacher afterwards. "I simply braked too late and went straight on which is my fault.

"The handling of the car was very good, which is promising for tomorrow's qualifying and the race on Sunday."

This was Schumacher's first time back in the cockpit since rolling his car in testing days ago. As a result Ralf had not had the chance to test Michelin's new front tyres, introduced after the FIA declared new post-race measuring procedures for the Italian GP.

The German declared himself happy with their performance: "I must say they are a step forward for us."

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