Atlas F1 News Service, a Reuters report

Schumacher Surprised by Williams and Michelin

Friday April 20th, 2001

Ferrari's world champion Michael Schumacher says he was surprised by the success of the Williams team and tyre supplier Michelin at last weekend's San Marino Grand Prix.

"I honestly did not think the Williams could be so strong so soon," the German, was quoted as saying in Friday's Gazzetta dello Sport newspaper after a test session at Mugello.

"Not so much for the BMW (engine) but for the tyres, I thought Bridgestone would be able to keep their advantage for longer. Clearly Michelin has done a great job and this has made the Williams-BMW very competitive."

Ralf's win was the first by a team using Michelin tyres since the French manufacturer returned to Formula One this season after a 17-year absence. Ferrari use Bridgestone. For the previous two seasons, Japan's Bridgestone enjoyed a monopoly in the sport.

Bridgestone Motorsport manager Hisao Suganuma said after Imola that the company would be studying the data carefully and seeking to make further improvements in time for the next race in Spain.

The Gazzetta reported that Bridgestone had tested at Silverstone this week with bigger front tyres than previously used and softer compounds. A company spokeswoman confirmed that softer compounds had been tested but said they were not for Barcelona next week but for races later in the season.

She could not confirm whether or not the front tyres were bigger. The regulations allow 50 millimeters room for manoeuvre between the maximum and minimum widths.



Latest Headlines:
<<  Previous  |  Apr News  |  News Index |  Next  >>
*(03-16-2005): Badoer Continues Testing at Fiorano
*(03-16-2005): Fisichella Aims to Win Again in Malaysia
*(03-16-2005): Davidson Lined Up for Villeneuve's Drive
*(03-16-2005): Preview: Raikkonen Aims to Stop Renault
*(03-16-2005): Malaysia Preview Quotes: Jordan


© 2005 Reuters Limited. Click for restrictions | © 1995-2005 Kaizar.Com, Inc. Copyright & Terms
 

  < Previous | Next >


  Apr 2001 Index

  Current News Index


  Email to Friend

  Newsroom:

   2004 at a Glance
   2004 Standings
   2005 Calendar
   2005 Line-Up
   Drivers Bio
   Teams Info
   Testing Center



  General:

   Homepage
   Magazine
   News Service
   Grapevine
   Photo Gallery
   My Atlas
   Bulletin Board
   Chat Service
   Shop @ Atlas
   Search & Archive
   FORIX
   Help