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Mika Hakkinen bounce back ?
- 26 April News
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the Thursday press conference for the Spanish GP, Ralf Schumacher
(Williams) has indicated that winning at Imola hasn't changed anything
and said "There's no reason for anything to have changed. I was happy
for the team, happy for the result itself. But then coming to the next
race, there are a few pressures on us to prove that we are competitive."
Mika Hakkinen (McLaren) indicated
that he is encouraged by Coulthard's performance so far this season nut
that is not his main focus and said "David has driven an extremely
fantastic start of the season, finishing Grands Prix every time on the
podium, and winning in Brazil for example. I think he's done a fantastic
job for himself and for the team. Overall, that result has given a lot
motivation for the team to work hard and find the solutions to make the
McLaren to handle even better. Generally, I look at that as being very
positive. Yes, you're fighting against your team-mate, but that's not the
driver who you are fighting against most. It should be fighting and
winning Grands Prix and winning the championship. That's the most
Mario Thiessen (BMW) indicated that
he was not too surprised by winning at Imola especially after the pace
they demonstrated in Brazil and said "Before the first race of this
season, I would have been surprised about a victory in the fourth race.
After then having seen the first races, it wasn't that much of a surprise
any more. We showed our performance in those first three races, certainly
in Brazil, already, Juan Pablo was in the lead for more than half the race
distance. So apparently we saw that we could win races on our own, so we
were very happy that Ralf did it last time."
Pierre Dupasquier (Michelin) has indicated that traction control will make a lot of difference on slower speed circuits and said "The main area of traction control is when the wheel is spinning. If you don't have any spinning, you don't need it. It doesn't play any role. So on circuits where you have a lot of stop and go, it is very different but apart from the start where it is very important, if the circuit is high speed that doesn't oblige you to go under third gear, traction won't change a lot. We'll see, we'll find out. Monte Carlo will be significantly different. But not too much here."
Hiroshi Yasukawa (Bridgestone) has indicated that while they try to make the best tyres, they are not everything as there is also the car and the driver and said "The package is very important. If we are working badly, but if driver and car is good, then perhaps we can make a good result. But consider the opposite: if we are going to make good tyres, but perhaps it doesn't work, but the team work and package is very important, then we are going to try the most suitable tyre in the race. Hopefully we will find a good specification for this race. Race is race, no one knows the result."
Michael Schumacher who currently
leads the championship with David Coulthard has indicated that he is not
worried about his bad result at Imola and said "I am not worried
after Imola, during a season you have some good times and some bad times
and that's normal. After the first two races everybody spoke about an
unbeatable Ferrari, now they speak about a crisis. You can't take
David Coulthard will be hoping to maintain his record of finishing every race on the podium this season and said "I am looking forward to the Spanish Grand Prix, where I hope to build on the results achieved so far this season in order to maintain my position in the Drivers� World Championship. We test regularly at the circuit so we know it well, it�s fairly technical with a good mix of corners and straights."
Mika Hakkinen who has scored just 4 points so far this season has indicated that the championship is still wide open and he hopes to make it 4 wins in a row and said "The results so far this year have not been ideal for me, however the championship is still a very open situation. No one is too far ahead and there are still plenty of points to be scored. I have a successful record at Barcelona, having won the past three races, which I am hoping to extend this season."
Juan Pablo Montoya has yet to finish a race in Formula 1 mainly due to reasons beyond his control. He is hoping to finish the race and score some points keeping the expectation low despite his knowledge of this track and said "Barcelona has been a good track for me so far. I have raced there before in �98 in Formula 3000 and I won. We just have to see what happens now. I think it will be quite a tough race to be honest. During testing in the beginning in December and January we were really strong there, but for the last few tests we have done the car doesn�t seem to have been working quite as well. I am sure when we get there we will figure it out and hopefully be competitive. It will be quite interesting. For me I am really looking forward to getting to the end of a race to score some points."
Former F1 driver Michele Alboreto was killed in a car crash while
testing for Le Mans driving an Audi R8 on the Lausitzring circuit near
Dresden in Germany. His car flipped over while travelling at high speed.
Police are investigating the cause of the crash.
25-Apr: "The Watershed" is the title of the 11th issue from the Diagnosis and Prognosis Series for the 2001 season. In this issue, the Heretic looks at the upcoming Spanish Grand Prix - Issue 11
The FIA have finalised the 100 year commercial agreement for Formula 1
with SLEC which is now 75% owned by Kirch and EM TV while the
remaining 25% is owned by Bernie Ecclestone. The statement issued by the
FIA yesterday read "At an extraordinary meeting held today in Paris
the FIA World Motor Sport Council confirmed the 100-year agreement for the
commercial rights of the FIA Formula One World Championship with the
company SLEC, represented by Mr. Thomas Haffa and Mr. Dieter Hahn, and
with FOA/FOM, represented by Mr. Bernie Ecclestone.
Now that Formula 1 will remain on free-to-air TV, it is expected that a deal between Kirch and the car manufacturers could be reached in order to avoid the creation of a rival series (related story).
24-Apr: "Will Mika Hakkinen bounce back ?" Topic of the week - Have Your Say
24-Apr: Quotes from teams and drivers on electronic aids returning to Formula 1 ... Report
Mika Hakkinen has won the Spanish Grand Prix for the last 3 years in a
row. Only Jackie Stewart has managed to achieve the same when he
won it from 1969 to 1971. McLaren's impressive record doesn't stop there,
David Coulthard has finished second to Mika Hakkinen in the last 3 years
in a row as well.
The German group Kirch are close to finalising a deal with the car
manufacturers over the control of Formula 1 commercial rights. The car
manufacturers comprising of Fiat, DaimlerChrysler, Ford, Renault, BMW
AG along with the backing of Toyota and Honda earlier decided to proceed
with plans to setup a rival series (story)
in a move which intended to put pressure on the Kirch group to give in to
their demands. One of the main concerns of the car manufacturers was the
continued availability of Formula 1 coverage on free-to-air TV. It appears
that this demand has been agreed to.
23-Apr: "Traction Control, the unknown factor" The Spanish Grand Prix Preview is now available ... Race Preview
Spanish Formula 1 Grand Prix Schedule:
22-Apr: Michael Schumacher has indicated that he didn't expect Michelin to become competitive in such a short period and said "I honestly did not think the Williams could be so strong so soon. Not as much for BMW, but for the tyres, because I thought Bridgestone would be able to keep their advantage a little longer. Clearly Michelin has done a great job and this has made the Williams-BMW very competitive." He also added that Ralf Schumacher is now ready to win races and challenge for the title and said "If you look at the recent races and his comments about his races, he downplayed his performances. You could see what his potential is and even if he doesn't like to admit it, now he is and he likes to be in the circle of favourites. He made no mistakes from start to finish and he deserved to win, it is clear that he can be contender."
Meanwhile his brother Ralf Schumacher has discounted the the possibility of teaming up with his brother at Ferrari and doesn't think it is a good idea and said "There's no need to do that because one of us would lose. Why not keep in different teams and make it more exciting." He also added that he sees Michael as just another driver that he wants to beat and said "Basically Michael is just another driver because I always did things my own way. I don't have a real rivalry. I'm pretty happy for him if he wins races, as he is if I do. But there's no doubt I think, that he wants to beat me and I want to beat him."
21-Apr: Niki Lauda has indicated that Alain Prost asked him prior to the San Marino GP if he can borrow the services of Pedro de la Rosa during the races as he wasn't happy with Mazzacane. Lauda rejected the request but that opened the way for the deal were Burti moved to Prost and de la Rosa got his seat at Jaguar (story). Lauda said "Just before Imola Alain Prost rang me and asked if there is a possibility, because he was not happy with Mazzacane. He asked if he could borrow Pedro back and let him race for Prost and test for Jaguar. I told him very simply this it wasn't possible because we wanted to use de la Rosa in his full way of testing. But I think we found a deal that is good for everybody."
21-Apr: Silverstone test session photos are now available featuring McLaren, Williams, BAR, Jordan, Jaguar, Prost and Benetton drivers ... Click Here