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12-Apr: At the Friday press conference for the San Marino Grand Prix, Eddie
Irvine indicated that he is still unhappy with the R3 and they have yet
to figure out the problem with it!. He said "I am not happy with
the R3. At this moment in time, we know the R2 is the quicker car but
potentially it is not. We did the test, we've proved what we needed to prove.
We have seen quite clearly the R3 has more potential but there is a problem
and we are trying to figure out what the problem is. We know the symptoms but
we don't know what the disease is at the minute. That is what we have to
Mika Salo admitted that the Toyota is not good in
wet weather conditions due to a lack of testing and hence he hopes for dry
weather on Saturday and Sunday and said "We knew we would struggle if it
is raining. We haven't had a good rain test or the car has never been quick
when it is wet. We will try to work on it for tomorrow to make it better and I
am sure we can make it a little bit better but I don't think we can find five
seconds in it.
Olivier Panis expressed his disappointment at the performance of the
BAR in both aerodynamics and power but is hopeful of the upcoming improvements
and said "The car is not the car we had expected during the winter
and for the first Grand Prix, but we know the problem we have now, we need to
agree hard and I know David is behind me but I am quite positive about him, he
has managed the team quite well, made many changes, very positive and Geoff
Willis has worked now for one month and I think he knows what has happened
really, and we need to wait for the improvement of the car, I think, for
Giancarlo Minardi indicated that he is working well within
the new Minardi organisation under Paul Stoddart and said "We've
changed the organisation. Paul Stoddart is now the president and it's clear
that there are two different ways of operating but we are very optimistic, we
are confident that we can continue in this good direction.
Jean Todt indicated that having 2 F2002 cars should
make them more competitive and said "It changes things more for Rubens
because obviously he is very happy to drive a F2002 car and it is probably
easier for the mechanics because we don't have different toolings and we have
better unification of what we need for the Grand Prix. We should have two cars
performing quite well. It should multiply the F2002's competitiveness by
David Richards has indicated that he doesn't
foresee and further changes at BAR and said "I've always said that I
needed three months to really understand what we've got inside the team, how
to organise the team appropriately. I made those decisions a few weeks ago and
implemented them about two or three weeks back now, just prior to Brazil.
We've changed the design team, changed the number of people at the top of the
company, we've slimmed down the organisation. There was duplication of
functions and we've tried to build a clearer structure in which the team and
the people concerned understand their roles and responsibilities. There is no
great magic about it and it's certainly not going to have any overnight
results. It's building for the future."
12-Apr: What the teams and drivers said following Friday Practice at Imola ... Report
12-Apr: San Marino GP – 2nd Friday Practice Session: Michael Schumacher sets the fastest time of the session ahead of team-mate Rubens Barrichello and Giancarlo Fisichella. David Coulthard, Kimi Raikkonen and Heinz Harald Frentzen make the top 6 ... Timed Results ... Report ... Notes
12-Apr: San Marino GP – 1st Friday Practice Session: Michael Schumacher sets the fastest time ahead of Giancarlo Fisichella and Rubens Barrichello. Raikkonen Frentzen and Trulli make the top 6 ... Timed Results ... Report ... Notes
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