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Japan GP: Practice notes - Ferrari

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06/10/2006

Jean Todt: This Friday was affected by changing weather conditions that meant changing track conditions too. Given the forecast we had been given, we chose to run practically only when the track was dry. Despite this limitation we gathered important data to prepare as well as possible for the penultimate round of the season, which takes on a special importance, given the situation in the championships. We must concentrate on ourselves and our work load, trying to fend off the inevitable pressure that can develop in these situations. Along with Bridgestone, we will be trying to make the most of the package we have at our disposal.

Felipe Massa: Overall, a positive day. We didn't run much because of the rain, but towards the end of the second session, once the track conditions allowed it we did a series of laps on dry tyres. I'd say the data we have seen looks quite promising. I am reasonably happy with the balance of the car and the behaviour of the Bridgestone tyres in these conditions. All this means I reckon we can be competitive in both qualifying and the race.

Michael Schumacher: All we have got is a flavour of the situation and so it is hard to judge. The car and the Bridgestone tyres seem to be behaving well and there were no problems of any sort. The weather forecast is supposed to steadily improve and that can only be good for us. The team is in very good spirits, concentrating on our work and everything seems to be going well. As for qualifying, I think we will be fighting Renault for the top places on the grid. The race? I hope it goes well for us!

Ross Brawn: The weather affected the day with the track only drying in the final moments of the second hour of free practice. But we still picked up enough data for an initial indication of the handling of our tyres and the Bridgestone tyres and first indications are reasonably positive. Obviously, we were not able to complete our entire work load that we usually get through on a Friday, but we have enough data on which to base our work for the rest of the weekend. We were and we remain confident about our level of competitiveness.

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