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11-Jun: David Coulthard was off the pace at the Canadian Grand Prix compared to Ralf and Michael Schumacher who were lapping at around a second faster than him. The McLaren team have indicated that his car had a front suspension problem. David Coulthard later revealed that he found a nut in the cockpit that was supposed to be on the front suspension and said "I was going around to the grid on the parade lap when I put my hand down between my legs and pulled out a nut that should have been on the front suspension. The team gave me the chance to come in but I thought I had a chance to get something out of the race in spite of the suspension. It was far from a perfect car, but I was running in the points until the engine went. This is very disappointing but there's still a long way to go in the championship. Ralf deserved his win but we'll just have to see what happens in the next race."
Jean Todt indicated that a traction
control problem was behind Barrichello's
spin at the Canadian Grand Prix and said "Unfortunately, we lost Rubens in the early
stages. He ended up spinning because of a problem with the traction
control, which we will now have to investigate."
After winning 2 out of the 3 races that he
managed to finish so far this season, and even though he is 36 points
behind Michael, it is possible that Ralf Schumacher and the Williams team
could be able to challenge for the championship.
10-Jun: What the teams and drivers said following the Race in Canada ... Report
the post Race press conference for the Canadian GP, Ralf Schumacher
describes his race with his brother Michael as a great race and said
"I mean it's obviously was great racing today. The whole time the two
of us were together, I was waiting for him to do a mistake. Obviously he
didn't. I tried it a couple of times at the end of the straight but it was
difficult. So I waited for the pit strategy which I thought we were going
longer anyway and it worked out that way."
Schumacher indicated that he was happy to see his brother win and for
himself to collect 6 important points and said "It is certainly the
best to lose to. I guess our mom and dad will be very proud of us. First
time a brother pair have been first and second on the podium. And I am
obviously delighted. I took six important points. He got his second win in
his career. So a happy family day I would say."
Mika Hakkinen indicated how relieved
he was with finishing on the podium for the first time this season and
said "It has been a really disastrous start of the season, so it's
nice to be on the podium and particularly starting in 8th position.
Because this was our target really, to finish on the podium was the most
10-Jun: Canadian GP - Race: Ralf Schumacher wins ahead of Michael Schumacher and Mika Hakkinen. Kimi Raikkonen, Jean Alesi and Pedro de la Rosa make the top 6 ... Timed Results ... Full Report ... Notes
10-Jun: Canadian GP - Warm-up Session: Olivier Panis sets the fastest time of the session ahead of David Coulthard and Ricardo Zonta. Eddie Irvine, Mika Hakkinen and Michael Schumacher make the top 6 ... Timed Results ... Full Report ... Notes
10-Jun: Following the clash between Jacques Villeneuve and Juan Pablo Montoya (story), Eddie Irvine has come out in defence of Villeneuve's accusations of Montoya being obstructive and said "I think it's very valid (Villeneuve's comments), Montoya is obstructive on the track and he gets in your way, he crashes into people and everyone raves about him. He persistently qualifies massively behind Ralf (his team-mate) and races a lot slower so I think the press have pumped him up and he's got to keep up his image. He is lacking in certain areas. Indycars I think is a bit more about bullying the car around, Formula One is about skill and finesse and he hasn't quite mastered that one yet."
Heinz Harald Frentzen explained the
reason for deciding to withdraw from the Canadian GP after his crash
during Friday practice. He wrote on his website "I decided not to
race the Canadian GP at all. After the bad crash yesterday I still suffer
from headache and I still feel dizzy. So the best thing for the team, for
Ricardo Zonta and for me is to stop now and give everybody the chance to
prepare the race with Ricardo.
Adrian Newey explained the reasons for his decision to join Jaguar and then back out from that decision. He indicated that he needed new stimulation and thought that moving to Jaguar would provide that but after agreeing to join Jaguar he realised that changing teams was not the way to go. Speaking to the News of the World paper he said "I am a designer and, like anyone in my situation. I am trying to be creative and, to do that, you look for new stimulation. There is always a danger of getting tired and suffering something equivalent to writer's block and wondering where the next little bit to improve the car, the next idea, is coming from. This is a high pressure sport and I have been working in it for a long time. With that constant pressure you are looking for a new stimulus and changing jobs is one way of doing that.
One of the reasons I made this decision was
because I was enthused about the idea of working with Bobby again. Maybe
that persuaded me to go down a road that I might not have gone down in
different circumstances. On reflection, shortly after agreeing to join
Jaguar there was a realisation that changing teams was not the way to go
for me. I had agreed with Jaguar that nothing would come out until 8.30 am
on Friday morning. When I spoke to them and informed them of my decision
they agreed to stop the press release being issued. At that point, only a
few people were affected. Despite that it appears they chose to issue the
Newey also indicated that he was most concerned about his friendship with Bobby Rahal and hoped that it would survive this and said "The person I am most concerned about in all this is Bobby. He's a good friend and I don't want to upset him. Perhaps this show the dangers of mixing a friendship with business. I really hope our friendship can weather this."
9-Jun: The FIA have disallowed the time set by Fernando Alonso due to a technical infringement. Alonso qualified in 21st place ahead if his team-mate Tarso Marques but was using a front wing that does not comply with the regulations. He will now start from last place on the grid (22nd)
When Rubens Barrichello crashed during the qualifying session, Ferrari mechanics went onto the circuit to help the Brazilian which is against the regulations. The FIA decided to fine the Ferrari team $10,000 for entering the circuit during the session.
It is reported that during the drivers briefing,
Jacques Villeneuve and Juan Pablo Montoya clashed while
discussing the incident that occurred between the two during the first
practice session on Friday. It is believed that Villeneuve was so angry
with a comment made by Montoya during the discussion that he grabbed
Montoya's overalls and the Race director Charlie Whiting had to restrain
them from hitting each other.
Villeneuve and Montoya are next to each other at the start of the Canadian GP with Villeneuve in 9th and Montoya in 10th!.
9-Jun: What the teams and drivers said following Qualifying in Canada ... Report
the post Qualifying press conference for the Canadian GP, Michael
Schumacher has denied that he dislikes this circuit but confirmed that it
is not his favourite despite grabbing his 6th pole position here and said
"I don't know who put out this rumour (that) I don't like this
circuit because this is completely false and not right. I only said, and
it has been misinterpreted, I love Spa, which doesn't mean that I dislike
the other circuits. I only favour one and that's the way it is but I
actually like to come down here, as you see the results are good but I
love the country in particular. So I have nothing against this circuit at
all. It's not actually my style of circuit which I can put a particular
effort in. It is a braking acceleration circuit, like we have in Monza,
like we have in Hockenheim. I'm favouring more circuits like Monte Carlo
and Spa, which are technical and a little more difficult. So it's nothing
particular down here which makes me going better."
Ralf Schumacher indicated that
despite having problems all weekend, they managed to make a change to the
car before qualifying which seemed to work and said "We had some
problems the whole weekend basically especially with tyres to get them to
work, and we had a change before qualifying which seemed to help us quite
a bit. And the temperature increased over ten degrees from this morning,
and so the whole balance was a lot better and it was actually relatively
easy to set the time."
David Coulthard believes that they under performed
in qualifying as the car had more speed in it but the way qualifying went
didn't suite them and said "I think that I've under performed today.
I think that there is more speed in the car but the session didn't go in a
way that allowed really me to explore the limits of the car. So I think in
these circumstances we are fortunate to get third, because obviously it
was just right in that last run. I was able to get out first because I
knew it would be tight to get the lap in, and found a bit of time in the
last sector but I wasn't particularly good in the first and second sector.
So I think we will be a bit stronger in the race than we have been in
qualifying but none the less I'm obviously disappointed not to be on the
9-Jun: Canadian GP - Qualifying: Michael Schumacher grabs pole position ahead his brother Ralf Schumacher and David Coulthard. Jarno Trulli, Rubens Barrichello and Olivier Panis make the top 6 ... Timed Results ... Full Report ... Notes
9-Jun: Canadian GP - 2nd Saturday Practice: Michael Schumacher sets the fastest time of the session ahead of David Coulthard and Mika Hakkinen. Rubens Barrichello, Nick Heidfeld and Kimi Raikkonen make the top 6 ... Timed Results ... Full Report ... Notes
9-Jun: Canadian GP - 1st Saturday Practice: Mika Hakkinen sets the fastest time of the session ahead of David Coulthard and Michael Schumacher. Rubens Barrichello, Ralf Schumacher and Eddie Irvine make the top 6 ... Timed Results ... Full Report ... Notes.
Jordan team have announced that their test driver Ricardo Zonta
will take over Heinz Harald Frentzen's seat at the Canadian GP
after Frentzen crashed heavily on Friday and was not feeling 100% for the
the Friday press conference for the Canadian GP, Frank Williams
was unhappy with the results they have achieved so far but hopes to get
the technical issues sorted out and said "The facts are that we've
done 14 starts this year and finished three times only which is a pretty
deplorable record actually. Some of the problems are technical so we are
trying to make sure they don't happen again.
has indicated that the rumour regarding Honda supplying only one team is
just that and said "I believe it is absolutely a rumour. I think it's
probably the time of the year when the press like to speculate on things
as they do. I'm particularly pleased, this is our eighth race with Honda,
it's a very long term contract as I made it very clear at the time of the
announcement and we're anxiously looking forward to a long term and
Walkinshaw believes that they will be receiving an engine upgrade from
AsiaTech in a month and said "They've promised us that we'll have an
upgrade in about a month's time. I don't really know how much that's going
to be but they say that's the first performance upgrade, about a month
Villeneuve crashed into the wall 2 laps after being hit from behind
by Juan Pablo Montoya and while he wasn't sure if the hit by Montoya
caused his crash, he was furious with the Colombian and said "Juan
Pablo ran into the back to me a couple of laps before the crash. I am
upset because it must be the fifth or sixth time this year that he's been
blocking and he's on a mission for something. I'll have to have a word
with him. Normally when you get blocked - I've blocked some people also -
you try to get out of the way and sometimes you don't make it but you
still make an effort and give some room to the other person. It seems like
Juan, every time he sees someone in the mirror, he slows down and stays on
the line purposefully so I really don't know what kind of game he's trying
who finished 3rd fastest today indicated that his fastest lap wasn't a
particularly good lap and said "It's a step in the right direction.
It wasn't a particularly good lap, I have to say. The car's reasonable.
It's not as good as I thought it would be here but we've got new bits on
the car again that are affecting the handling, but maybe they are making
it go a bit quicker. We didn't really have a chance to confirm it properly
at Magny-Cours, but we thought we'd just go with them and see."
Fisichella is hoping for a good weekend but doubts that he'll managed
to finish on the podium yet again and said "I think this weekend is
going to be good, but I don't think it's going to be as good as in the
past. We did very well in the past. I was on the podium here for the last
four years. It was great, but I think it's going to be very difficult to
do the same this year because, as you know, we're not competitive enough
at the moment and we need a lot of power here and we haven't got a lot of
power at the moment. But the car is getting better, we need some
aerodynamic improvements. Today I did quite a good job, more than 45 laps
and it wasn't too bad, with a lot of fuel. Tomorrow's it's going to be
difficult to be in the first six or seven rows."
8-Jun: What the teams and drivers said following the Friday practice sessions at Canada ... Report
8-Jun: Canadian GP - 2nd Friday Practice: Mika Hakkinen sets the fastest time of the session ahead of David Coulthard and Eddie Irvine. Barrichello, Montoya and Ralf Schumacher make the top 6 ... Timed Results ... Full Report ... Notes
8-Jun: Canadian GP - 1st Friday Practice: David Coulthard sets the fastest time of the session ahead of Rubens Barrichello and Michael Schumacher. Mika Hakkinen, Olivier Panis and Nick Heidfeld make the top 6 ... Timed Results ... Full Report ... Notes.
8-Jun: In response to the statement by Jaguar Racing about winning an injunction against them (story), the McLaren team have issued the following statement "McLaren has noted the statement made by Jaguar Racing regarding an Injunction obtained. Whilst the Team has no particular desire to promote or publicly discuss the obvious difference of opinion between McLaren and Jaguar Racing, it is considered appropriate to clarify the following.
Jaguar Racing has obtained a "without notice" Injunction, which applies only until Tuesday, 12th June 2001 when there will be a further hearing at which McLaren will be represented for the first time. The lawyers acting for Jaguar Racing had previously established contact with those acting for McLaren but unusually chose not to inform them of their intentions or invite their contribution before the Judge.
The statement issued by Jaguar Racing implies that the Injunction prevents Adrian Newey from continuing in the employment of McLaren International after 31st July 2002 under a contract already signed. This is inaccurate. In fact the Injunction granted only prevents McLaren entering into a new or further agreement with Adrian Newey before Tuesday, 12th June 2001 and has no effect on the existing extension.
The team is confident that when the facts of the case are heard on Tuesday, the Injunction will be lifted.
In the meantime the Injunction has no bearing on our racing programme which is focussed on the Canadian Grand Prix. We wish to make no further comments on this matter during the race weekend."