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Schumacher wants more time to hone car 05 Apr 2003

Michael Schumacher (GER) Ferrari is interviewed during qualifying.
Formula One World Championship, Rd3, Brazilian Grand Prix, Interlagos, Brazil, 4 April 2003

Ahead of the forthcoming meetings between the FIA and the team principals to discuss possible changes to the new 2003 regulations, world champion Michael Schumacher says that if there was any one thing he could change he would like to see teams given more time to hone their cars.

"Basically I would like to have more time to work on the car, that would include having the possibility to work on it after qualifying, for the race, to maximise your opportunity to both circumstances because both have been a big challenge in the past and now it's less of a challenge, in all honesty."

Juan Pablo Montoya said he would like to see changes to qualifying.

"I would like to see a change with the fuel and everything. Maybe one lap, to keep the show the same, but then you can qualify with real fuel level or something like that."

Coulthard agreed and said he would like, "to get a little bit more feeling that you're actually driving these cars in their quickest capabilities."

Schumacher said that he did not believe some of the fun had been lost with the new format, but added: "I did prefer working with the engineers and changing little things on the cars, springs, dampers, bars and wing settings, just to maximise and optimise everything."