Double DFN for Ferrari
Brazilian GP - Ferrari - Race Report

It was a pointless afternoon for Ferrari at the Interlagos circuit on Sunday after both drivers were forced to retire from round three of the 2003 season.

Sunday afternoon's Brazilian Grand prix was a race full of spills and thrills that scored a clutch of casualties, including five time world champion, Michael Schumacher. The Ferrari driver's low key start to the 2003 campaign showed no sign of ending when he spun off on lap 26, aquaplaning on standing water that had earlier claimed the cars of Juan Pablo Montoya, Antonio Pizzonia and Justin Wilson. It was his first DNF since the German Grand Prix at Hockenheim in 2001.

'I am disappointed for myself and for what happened to Rubens. We both had the possibility of winning today. The weather conditions were difficult but acceptable today. As for my accident, I was aquaplaning and in that situation, you are just a passenger in the car,” Michael said.“In terms of the championship, obviously it would have been better for us if Fisichella had won this race, especially as Giancarlo drove a good race anyway. But the gap to the championship leader is not so big, given there are still 13 races, so there is no need to be concerned about it. It's a shame my run of race finishes has come to an end. This is my first non-finish since Hockenheim in 2001.'

Teammate Rubens Barrichello was another who was forced to retire, his Ferrari packing up just after he had taken the lead from McLaren rival David Coulthard. The Brazilian was devastated after he failed to finish in front of his home fans for the ninth successive year, especially when victory was so close at hand!

'I am very disappointed. All I can say is that I did my very best. The beginning of the race, when the track was at its wettest, was difficult, as the car had a relatively low downforce set-up. I concentrated on staying calm, waiting for the right moment to attack,” he said. “Once in the lead, I immediately pulled out a gap, but then I was forced to stop with a fuel feed problem. It was very frustrating as I was sure I could win. I am very disappointed not to have taken victory here in front of my fans. This double retirement does not mean we are in a crisis. We have been competitive in all three races so far and so I am confident for the rest of the season.'

'Today's race was very frustrating, but that's racing. We had the quickest car on the track and what could have ended as a one-two finish turned into a race which left us with nothing at all: it is the first time since Nurburgring 1999 that we failed to score any points,” added Jean Todt. “Michael went off the track, his first retirement since the 2001 German Grand Prix. A fuel feed problem caused Rubens to retire when he was comfortably in the lead. Obviously, I am very disappointed, for the drivers, for the team and for Bridgestone, who did an excellent job. I hope that the return to Europe, in front of our fans in Imola, will signal the end of what has been a difficult run of Grands Prix for us.'