Post Australian GP Press Conference
March 4th, 2001
The conference was a subdued affair following
the death of the Field Marshall.
Following is a word-to-word commentary:
Q: Michael a simple story of your race please.
Michael Schumacher: Obviously I had a great start. We worked hard over
the winter on that, and as you see it worked out, it went very well and I was quite
pleased about this. Then I just tried to get my race into a kind of rhythm where I drove
fast when I had to be fast and not to overdrive the car when it was unnecessary. Then we
had the safety car situation and then we have just been told that the marshal did die, and
obviously we are all shocked about this. We have to look at what is possible from our side
what kind of support we can give but certainly everyone is very down for this situation.
Q: David a quick word from you.
David Coulthard: Well obviously the overriding story of the race, as Michael just
mentioned, the fatality of the marshal; on behalf of all the drivers our thoughts go to
his family. We need to study how we can improve track safety for these people who give
their time to enable us to go racing. That to one side, I had a fairly straightforward
race to pick up six points but that seems fairly insignificant when there is a loss of
Q: And finally Rubens.
Rubens Barrichello:I mean to score some points to begin with is quite
good, but we definitely are not happy, as David and Michael just said. When a colleague
who is there for you happens to be in an incident like that.... my thoughts are all with
him and his family. I think there is no way we can make up for this race.