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FIA Saturday press conference - Spain, part 3 03 May 2003

Fernando Alonso (ESP) Renault 
Formula One World Championship, Rd2, Malaysian Grand Prix, Preparations, Sepang, Malaysia, 20 March 2003

1. Michael SCHUMACHER (FERRARI), 1m17.762s
2. Rubens BARRICHELLO (FERRARI), 1m18.020s (+ 0.258s)
3. Fernando ALONSO (RENAULT), 1m18.233s (+ 0.471s)

Published with permission from the Federation Internationale de l' Automobile.


Q: Question to Michael regarding Fernando. Considering how young he is, he is running in front of his home public with the pressure, what do you think of him, his performance, what is your opinion about him?

Michael SCHUMACHER: Honestly I think he does an outstanding job, not only now he has already done it when he joined Minardi in my view. He has consistently improved and he has shown his capability. Concerning the pressure I don't know. Normally when you sit in the race car, from my point of view, you don't consider so much where you are, you just do your job and concentrate. Whether he does the same or not with the extra pressure that is there or not you will have to ask him. But I think he does a very good job.

Q: Question to Alonso. Considering the tyre can be the key to the victory in this race, how is the tyre wear in your car?

Fernando ALONSO: Very good. We did quite a good choice in Friday's testing session and you know we found a very good tyre, very consistent and also very good for the timed lap. I'm really confident for the race and to be in the first positions in qualifying means a lot for the race but anyway our strategy and tyres should work very well tomorrow. I'm happy with the position and the tyre performance this weekend.