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October 5 - 8 News
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8-Oct: Rubens Barrichello (4th) was happy to be part of the Ferrari team in winning the Drivers' championship and added "I am happy for the team but the happiest man in the world right now must be Michael. I feel that with all the work I have done at the races and in testing and in collaborating with the engineers, I have contributed my part to this great day for Ferrari. Now I will concentrate on helping the team to win the Constructors Championship in Malaysia."
Jenson Button (5th had a bad start to the
race as he dropped from 5th to 7th but managed to recover and said "My start
wasnt one of the best, but I kept pushing and got back to fifth by passing Ralf, who
had a problem. The car was very well balanced, worked very well and I was putting in quite
good times, although obviously not as good as McLaren and Ferrari. I think that its
fantastic Michael Schumacher is world champion because he deserves it and has for many
years. I am sure he will be celebrating tonight so Ill try to be there."
Jacques Villeneuve (6th) managed to score a point for BAR and move them ahead of Jordan in the Constructors' championship. He was satisfied with his car and added "I made a bad start and was caught up in a big battle with the Jaguars. I tried to stay close to Button, so we could try to overtake him in the pits, but I was losing too much time behind the other cars and it is very hard to pass here. At least we have scored a point to move into the top five of the Constructors' championship. We are only two points behind Benetton and I am three points behind Fisichella, so it's possible that we will be able to overtake them in the final race in Malaysia."
Johnny Herbert has once again finished in
7th position just outside the point but he was happy to see Jaguar fighting with best of
the rest and said "My first set of tyres were not quite right, the back end of the
car felt very loose so it was difficult to be consistent around each lap. It's yet another
seventh place for me but it was good to see the team up there with the best of the
At the Winners' press conference, Michael Schumacher describes his win
here as similar to Monza but without the tears. He added that the track conditions were
not ideal due to the light rain but it was enough to secure the title.
Mika Hakkinen described his feelings as so
sad but understands that it is sometimes another driver's turn to win and in order to be a
good winner one has to be a good loser and congratulated Michael Schumacher on winning the
title. He added that it was Michael's turn this year as he has done the best possible job
this year. Naturally he felt a bit disappointed but added that life continues and racing
continues and hopes to have some good and exciting races in the future.
David Coulthard described his race as a very quite one as he didn't have much of a battle so he concentrated of keeping the car on the track in what he described as very difficult conditions.
8-Oct: Ricardo Zonta has signed as a test driver with the Jordan Grand Prix team for the 2001 season. Zonta was test driver for Jordan in 1997 before joining BAR. Chief Executive of the Jordan team Eddie Jordan said "I am delighted to have Ricardo back with our team. He was an exciting talent before, and now he has added experience to go with it, which will be hugely important to Jordan as the team doubles its testing efforts in order to mount a championship challenge. Ricardo will be very busy next year.
While Ricardo Zonta said "Returning to Jordan and staying involved with Honda is the ideal situation for me to build my experience. Of course I would like to race, but I am happy to be a part of building Jordan-Honda into a winning team.
8-Oct: Japanese GP - Warmup Session: Michael Schumacher sets the fastest time of the session over half a second ahead of Mika Hakkinen. Rubens Barrichello, David Coulthard, Jenson Button and Jarno Trulli make the top 6.
Only the top 4 are within a second and the top 8 are within
Jean Alesi covered the most number of laps with 19 followed by Alexander Wurz with 15. Gaston Mazzacane who went off during the session did the least number of laps with 6 and Jenson Button only managed 8. Most other drivers completed between 11 and 14 laps.
At the post Qualifying press conference, Michael Schumacher indicated
that grabbing pole position is the first step in achieving their aim of winning the race
and the championship here. He added that they have the perfect starting position and a
competitive car but while that is a positive thing, the task at hand is not finished and
that is why he doesn't see a need to celebrate this pole position just yet.
Mika Hakkinen indicated his disappointment to miss pole position especially that his last run was very quick but made a slight mistake on the last chicane. He added that he was happy with the car and didn't need to do any major changes to the car during qualifying.
David Coulthard indicated that he
struggled with the setup and balance of his car and didn't feel that he had a competitive
chance of a front row on the grid.
7-Oct: Japanese GP - Qualifying Session: Michael Schumacher grabs pole position just 0.009 seconds ahead of Mika Hakkinen. David Coulthard, Rubens Barrichello, Jenson Button and Ralf Schumacher make the top 6 ... Full Report ... Timed Results.
7-Oct: Japanese GP - 2nd Saturday Practice Session: Mika Hakkinen sets the fastest time of the session ahead of Michael Schumacher and Jenson Button. Rubens Barrichello, Ralf Schumacher and David Coulthard make the top 6 ... Full Report ... Timed Results
7-Oct: Japanese GP - 1st Saturday Practice Session: Michael Schumacher sets the fastest time of the session ahead of Ralf Schumacher and David Coulthard. Jenson Button, Giancarlo Fisichella and Jacques Villeneuve make the top 6. Hakkinen is in 13th place ... Full Report ... Timed Results.
6-Oct: At the Friday press conference for the Japanese Grand Prix, Eddie Jordan has indicated that he has released Mike Gascoyne (ex Jordan Technical Director) to Benetton. He added that they (Jordan and Benetton) have come to an agreement without the need to go to court. Eddie Jordan was then asked about the situation with Tom Walkinshaw regarding the release of Eghbal Hamidy from Arrows, Eddie didn't elaborate and just said "I'm sure Tom will be able to tell you what the deal is."
Flavio Briatore indicated that he is not yet sure when Mike Gascoyne will start at Benetton and added that they are using this year and next in preparation for 2002 when Renault expects to become competitive. As for the lack of results from mid season onwards, Briatore said that they have been concentrating on next year's car while their main competitors (BAR and Jordan) have been progressing.
Alain Prost has indicated that he is still
working on finalising the new sponsorship deals and once that is done he will announce the
second driver and the new technical director but that could still take weeks or months. He
is confident that they will be able to fund the cost of the customer Ferrari engines to be
supplied from next year.
Rubens Barrichello was asked how will he approach the race given that his teammate will be fighting for the championship and said "It's just a normal situation for me and I don't want to put any more pressure on myself that I need to. The situation between Mika and Michael is quite clear now. They have to fight for this championship. Now we must wait until mid-race to see where we are, and if I can help I will help 100 per cent. But if I start thinking now that I have to start doing something else to help the situation, then I would be putting pressure on myself, which I think would be the completely wrong thing to do."
David Coulthard was asked the same
question and said "None of us knows what's going to happen, either tomorrow in
qualifying or at the start of the race itself. We have to be patient. There's no plan we
can make, other than to do the very best that we can."
Mika Salo indicated that he feels at home
in Japan as he raced here for a long time and his wife is from Japan. He added that he has
been in Japan for a week and is planning to stay for another week after the race.
6-Oct: Japanese GP - 2nd Friday Practice Session: Michael Schumacher continues to set the pace ahead of Mika Hakkinen and Rubens Barrichello. David Coulthard, Jenson Button and Jarno Trulli make the top 6. A strong earthquake hits during the session but results in no serious damage ... Full Report ... Timed Results.
6-Oct: Japanese GP - 1st Friday Practice Session: Michael Schumacher sets the fastest time of the session ahead of Mika Hakkinen and David Coulthard. Rubens Barrichello, Ralf Schumacher and Giancarlo Fisichella make the top 6 ... Full Report ... Timed Results.
6-Oct: "Hang in there Mika - this could be your last chance" is the title of the 32nd issue from the Diagnosis and Prognosis Series for the 2000 season. In this issue, the Heretic looks at the upcoming Japanese Grand Prix - Check it out here !!
At the Thursday press conference for the Japanese Grand Prix, Takefumi
Hosaka (Honda) has indicated that Honda will be providing works engines to both
BAR and Jordan from next year (as previously announced) and will work with BAR on chassis
collaboration. He added that they will be hoping to push ahead of the other leading teams
in terms of performance and will also try to introduce new ideas on the chassis side with
Norbert Haug (Mercedes) indicated that the
engine failure on Mika's car at Indianapolis was due to a problem with the pneumatic valve
system as some of the parts used were from a bad batch. Mr Haug is confident that the
problem has been resolved although he cannot guarantee 100% that it will not happen again.
He added that they have covered a lot of laps in testing since then and hopes that they
will have a good race.
Hirotoshi Honda (Mugen Honda) has indicated that this might not be the last Japanese race for Mugen and added that Mugen are in discussions with Honda and they will be making a public announcement at the Malaysian Grand Prix.
Mika Hakkinen indicated that he was very
disappointed by the retirement he had at Indianapolis but that is motor racing and he had
to get over it. He added that he is confident that he'll be able to win this race and take
the championship challenge to Malaysia and that is his only way to continue to fight.
Michael Schumacher is hoping to clinch the
championship here as he prefers to finish it sooner rather than later and will be going
for a win as that is what is needed to win the championship. As for the eight point
difference, he said that 8 points are a nice cushion but are not enough so he is not
stupid enough to believe now in the title.