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Jaguar Racing team announced that they have won an injunction against
the McLaren team that prevents them from using the services of Adrian
Newey beyond the terms of his existing contract which expires on the 31st
of July 2002. The Jaguar statement read "Jaguar Racing this afternoon
obtained an injunction at the High Court in London on behalf of Ford Motor
Company and Jaguar Racing Limited against McLaren International Limited.
The terms of this injunction restrain McLaren International from entering
into or continuing any contract of employment with Adrian Newey post 31
Earlier, the McLaren team issued a statement explaining their version of the Adrian Newey saga and also explained the reason why Adrian Newey will not be attending the Canadian GP. The statement read "West McLaren Mercedes has noted a variety of incorrect statements regarding the decision of Adrian Newey to extend his commitment to the team. In order to clarify the situation McLaren therefore wish to put on record the following facts.
Adrian has fourteen months of his previous contract with McLaren to run and despite repeated assurances made to McLaren by Jaguar Racing that it was not in dialogue with any member of our organisation, it became clear that they sought aggressively to recruit Adrian. It is a fact that at one point Jaguar Racing had convinced Adrian to leave McLaren. However, at no time in the discussions regarding Adrian`s contract extension were McLaren aware of any binding contract between Adrian and Jaguar Racing.
It was made clear to Jaguar Racing by Adrian on the evening of May 31st, 2001 that he had decided to remain at McLaren. It was agreed during this discussion that Jaguar Racing's planned press release which was scheduled for 08.30 BST on the following day, would not be issued. Despite this Jaguar Racing decided to issue a statement that Adrian was joining them in the clear knowledge that this would not be the case. We cannot account for this decision.
Adrian and the Team decided some time ago that he would not attend the Canadian Grand Prix in order to concentrate on a number of development programmes.
It is the wish of the Team and Adrian to put this matter behind them in order to concentrate on motor racing."
the Thursday press conference for the Canadian GP, Bobby Rahal is
hoping that the improvement the team has shown at the last race in Monaco
will also show in Canada and said "Well, we'll see won't we.
Obviously Monaco was a great event for us. Eddie did a very good job I
thought. The team did a good job. What relevance that will have to here or
the rest of the year is a bit unknown at this stage. We tested at
Magny-Cours, the test went reasonably well, but again you hate to draw too
many conclusions from any one specific test or what have you. We feel
probably much better about our possibilities here after Monaco than we
would have say a month ago or two months ago. Until we really get going,
you hate to make too many statements one way or the other."
Craig Pollock indicated that this
race is very important for BAR and Jacques Villeneuve and said "It's
probably the biggest race of the year for British American Racing,
obviously with Jacques being Canadian and all the Canadians being behind
him. But I think it's like any other race, we're just here to do our best.
Unfortunately up until now, our best hasn't been good enough so let's just
hope the changes are going to be there."
Michael Schumacher indicated that
what Enrique Bernoldi did at Monaco by not letting David Coulthard pass
was fine and within the rules and said "I think Enrique did, as he
said, everything right. He wasn't doing anything against the rules. If I
would have been in the situation, for sure I would have been somewhat
frustrated as well, but then that's the way it is. Sometimes you have to
accept these circumstances, when you can't pass the driver in front then
you can't do it. There is no need to have fifty per cent of people against
Enrique because there is nothing against him. He did everything he was
allowed to do and the FIA is there to judge whether it's right or it's
wrong. They judged it fine and therefore I don't see the argument. When I
heard, only two or three days after the race, that Enrique was approached
by the team principal then I had no understanding for that honestly
because they should know the rules and they should act by the rules and
not do what was done."
David Coulthard explained that his
failed start at Monaco was not due to a launch control problem but he was
fully confident that have rectified all their problems for Canada and said
"The problem in Monaco wasn't actually launch control, it was an
engine management something or other. I don't know the technicalities of
it all but Barcelona was launch control and Monaco was just unfortunate.
As I've said before, of all hundreds of starts I've done using this
system, I've only had three failures. One was in testing and two have been
in racing. That's just a bit unlucky but we've tested extensively again
with the system and we're fully confident we've cured both the problems."
Enrique Bernoldi indicated that he
got the support from his team regarding holding David Coulthard behind him
at Monaco and said "I would say that I had 100 per cent support from
my team, and I got a lot of support from the media and the people. I think
that the race that I did was what I was supposed to do. I was not
blocking, I was concentrating on my race and Monaco is a very difficult
circuit on which to overtake. That's why my chance was much higher to stay
in front of David because I think on another circuit he would pass me
straightaway because I was not so fast there. I would say that I have had
quite a lot of support and I think that in my opinion, I did what I had to
7-Jun: "Can Schumacher improve his record ?" is the title of the 17th issue from the Diagnosis and Prognosis Series for the 2001 season. In this issue, the Heretic looks at the upcoming Canadian Grand Prix - Issue 17
7-Jun: Ferrari's Technical Director Jean Todt has indicated that they will do all they can to win in Canada and said "We come to Canada leading both the Drivers' and Constructors' championships, aware that the competition will make our life very difficult. We will do all we can to win and, if we cannot do that, then at least pick up some points, which will be very important in the course of a season which still seems to have a long way to go. Montreal is like a semi-street circuit, very hard on engines and brakes. This means that, once again, reliability will play a determining role in the final outcome. Over the past few years, Ferrari has gone very well in the Canadian Grand Prix. In 2000 we scored a splendid one-two finish at the end of a race shaped by the changing weather conditions. The team is very determined and motivated to reach the objectives we set ourselves at the start of the season, which is to repeat our wins of last year in both titles."
Michael Schumacher couldn't explain the reason for doing so well in Canada in the past as the circuit is not one of his favourites but is optimistic of maintaining his good run and said "I can't say the circuit is a particular favourite of mine. But I have always gone quite well there if you look at the statistics. I don't think there is a particular reason for that, as I am not even sure that the circuit suits my style of driving. I prefer high speed corners, and there are none of them there. So I can't find any real explanation as to why I have been successful here in the past. But I am optimistic that I can maintain my good record this time as well."
7-Jun: Williams Technical Director Patrick Head has indicated that while his current driver pairing are very fast, he isn't convinced that they have a mature partnership and said "In terms of speed, they compare very well with our previous partnerships, but I wouldn't say they rank with the likes of Piquet and Mansell or Jones and Reutemann in terms of wisdom. That's not just because of the bumps in Monaco, though certainly they were accidents we could have done without, as every accident is a limitation to what can be achieved. But generally, I wouldn't say it is a mature partnership. I suppose 10 or 20 years ago the drivers were in their mid-30's, but either they're younger now, or so protected from the ways of the world that they don't become as wise so quickly."
Ex-McLaren designer John Barnard has indicated that he feels for Adrian Newey wanting to leave McLaren to Jaguar. He believes that designers are under intense pressure to perform and given that McLaren are at the top, the task of improving the car gets even harder. Barnard said "Ron doesn't understand the kind of pressure a designer has. After a time you start to wonder how you can keep the momentum up and it is something that requires tremendous effort. I don't think Ron appreciates that - not with me, and now not with Adrian. It's all part of how things happen. There is only a limited amount of time that you can apply yourself 100 percent, and to look for a way that will give you a little more of an easy life is quite attractive. Somebody like Jaguar could probably offer him all sorts of things. I've been in the same situation. I hadn't thought about leaving McLaren until I got a phone call from Ferrari and then I had all the private jet treatment to Maranello and so on".
Jacques Villeneuve has indicated that he wants a podium finish at this
year's Canadian GP. Villeneuve has not enjoyed much success here apart
from a 2nd place finish in '96. He doesn't believe that his lack of
success here is a burden on him and said "I don't see my lack of
success in Montreal as a burden I have to carry, it's the people who never
stop talking to me about it and tell me it's going to be difficult, that I
should prepare myself in a different way. However, it's here that I would
like to obtain good results. This is one of the most important races of
the season. To come to Montreal after a strong performance in Monaco is
good. I want a podium finish in Montreal."
Earlier Jacques Villeneuve hit back at the criticisms
he received from calling his new restaurant 'Newtown' rather than a French
name and called them laughable. He said "To tell the truth, to see
that people actually get offended by that makes me laugh. You have to see
farther than your nose. I've been living outside Canada most of my life. I
never grew up with people telling me those things. I grew up a lot of the
time in Switzerland where people speak three or four languages and no one
gets angry at each other. Languages evolve over centuries. There are a lot
of French words in English, so if we use a few English words, we shouldn't
get upset. It's too bad that Quebecers lose by being more French than the
6-Jun: "Who is to blame for the Adrian Newey saga ?" Topic of the week - Have Your Say
McLaren team are hoping to have their launch control problems resolved
for the Canadian GP after conducting an extensive test last week at Magny
Cours. Ron Dennis is hoping to improve on their impressive record
here and said "We have been more successful at this event than any
other Constructor, a record we are looking to further this year."
The Williams team want to put behind
them the failures they have encountered in the last 2 races. Dr. Mario
Theissen was happy with their results following their testing at Magny
Cours and Monza and said "We have achieved very positive results in
both the Monza and Magny-Cours tests. In the last few weeks we have been
working not only on engine and car performance, but also on reliability.
Happily the characteristics of the Canadian track are favourable for our
team. After two accidents that were not our fault, four drivers�
mistakes and five technical failures, we hope we can improve our
disappointing record of three race finishes out of 14 starts. We want to
come back from Canada with some points in the bag."
Following their surprising good form at Monaco, the BAR team are aiming to have both cars in the points. Malcolm Oastler said "Having completed a successful three-day test in Magny-Cours we are looking forward to the special challenges of the Canadian Grand Prix. We made progress and gathered some important data during the test which gives us confidence going into the next round. Our aim is to finish in the points with both cars this weekend."
The Arrows team performed well here
last year with Jos Verstappen finishing in 5th place. The team believes
that their car is suited to this track. Mike Coughlan said "Montreal
is a medium downforce track that is very hard on the brakes and the
engine. Jos likes it a lot, he scored the team's first points of 2000
there, and I'm pretty sure Enrique will like it too. We've been tyre and
component testing in Magny Cours in preparation for this race. It suits
our car so we're looking forward to getting on with it."
The Benetton team don't expect the track to suit their cars but are hopeful given Giancarlo Fisichella's impressive record here. Mike Gascoyne said "We will be running less downforce in Montreal and it is a circuit that is very heavy on braking. The circuit is unlikely to suit our package like Monaco, but we are very pleased to have made a step forward in our competitiveness. We have no significant changes on the car since Monaco, apart from the fact we will be running a low downforce configuration. Having said that, Giancarlo has always gone well in Montreal, so we hope for a good performance from both him and Jenson. We were disappointed not to score any points in Monaco, but we have identified the reason for Giancarlo's retirement and now have to ensure that we get two cars to the finish in Canada to try and pick-up as good a result as possible."
Michael Schumacher has won more races here than any other Formula 1
driver, he has also won more Pole positions as well. Michael's impressive
record goes back to his debut race here in 1992 when he managed to finish
2nd. Since then he has won 4 times, finished in the points twice and only
retired twice ('96 & '99). He is almost unstoppable.
Looking at the team records, Ferrari and McLaren have won 8 times each ahead of Williams with 6 wins. McLaren have won the most number of Pole positions with 8 ahead of Ferrari, Lotus, Brabham, and Williams each with 5 Poles.
Even though there is always the threat of rain at Montreal this time of the year, since 1980 it has only rained 4 times during the race ('81, '89, '90, and 2000).
4-Jun: "Will McLaren continue throwing away points ?" The Canadian Grand Prix Preview is now available ... Race Preview
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