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30-Aug: After failing to take part in the Friday practice session, the Arrows team announced that due to their inability to finalise the deal before end of business on Friday, the team decided not to participate in the event. The statement read "Further to the statement made on Wednesday (28 August 2002), Arrows Grand Prix International confirms that the legal teams are still working through the detailed documentation that supports the sale of Arrows.
Professional advisors on all sides have been working extremely hard all week to finalise the deal in time for this weekend. Unfortunately, due to the sheer amount of paperwork involved, the process cannot be completed by close of business today.
Consequently the team has been advised to do nothing that could jeopardise the successful completion of the transaction so will not race in Sunday's Belgian Grand Prix."
At the Friday press conference for the Belgian Grand Prix, Gerhard
Berger gave his views on Ferrari's dominance and disagreed with
Renualt's Patrick Faure who called for the rules to revised and said
"We have always seen in Formula One cycles where you had cars very
dominant. Remember back in '88 the McLaren, remember back to Williams at
the time, and if somebody is doing a good job, we shouldn't look to change
the regulations, we should look that we do our job better. They are very
very strong, they have good resources, they have good budgets and they are
a very strong group of people, but the time is going to change again and I
think there's no reason why we shouldn't be able to close up. It may take
a bit of time, but it would be completely wrong to sort this problem out
with changing the regulations."
Norbert Haug agreed with Gerhard regarding Ferrari's
dominance and said "I think you certainly cannot blame Ferrari for
being faster and for being more successful this season. As Gerhard pointed
out, both the other way around, there was a period when Williams was
dominant and also a period when McLaren Mercedes was dominant and I'm 100
per cent convinced that, because this is something that you can look up in
the history books, it's certainly not going to last forever, the dominance
of Ferrari. I think we make great steps, I think Williams-BMW is doing
good, we have to accept that we only work the first year with Michelin,
but I think we put some highlights like Monaco and Magny-Cours. What we
need is 17 highlights in the year, not only two."
Eddie Jordan explained why there wasn't a formal
announcement regarding the Ford engine deal and said "I thought most of
the media have confirmed it, but what actually happened was a bit different.
In Hungary, relatively late on Saturday afternoon, a signed, confirmed
contract arrived and in view of the fact that there was nobody there either
from Cosworth or Ford themselves to have a proper, open press release and
conference, I was told, particularly in light of, we of course went to Honda
for me to make sure that I had the ability to be able to go, and I will come
back to Honda in a second, so as a result of that and their press release that
went out, I did, with the permission of the people at Ford to make an
announcement that Jordan and Ford would be together for the next three years
using Cosworth engines.
Hisao Suganuma talked about the relationship between
Bridgestone and Ferrari and said "We are working very closely and
Ferrari provides a lot of chances to try different kinds of tyres so
therefore we have many opportunities to vary our prototype tyres and
therefore we can find the best spec for respective races, so that is the
best point of working with Ferrari."
Pierre Dupasquier doesn't believe that Michelin are
too aggressive on one track but too conservative on another and said
"Not that much. Look at Magny-Cours. I think we were pretty much
competitive and there was nothing to do about it. Hockenheim was a bit
different, but again we didn't think we could pick up one second somewhere
just with the tyres being less conservative and the stability was enough.
And talking about Hungary, we have been very consistent and conservative
during the race also. At least one of our tyres was just appropriate.
30-Aug: What the teams and drivers said following Friday practice at Spa-Francorchamps ... Report
30-Aug: Belgian GP – 2nd Friday Practice Session: Kimi Raikkonen sets the fastest time of the session ahead of David Coulthard and Michael Schumacher. Rubens Barrichello, Ralf Schumacher and Jenson Button make the top 6 ... Timed Results ... Report ... Notes
30-Aug: Belgian GP – 1st Friday Practice Session: Rubens Barrichello sets the fastest time of the session ahead of Michael Schumacher and David Coulthard. Jarno Trulli, Kimi Raikkonen and Eddie Irvine make the top 6 ... Timed Results ... Report ... Notes
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