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17 - 20 June News
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20-June: At the Thursday press conference for the European Grand Prix, Michael
Schumacher indicated that his approach to the race would be similar to
any other but hopes to put on a good show for his fans and said "You
feel sort of comfortable to be here, you come a little bit earlier to the
country to see friends and the whole environment is familiar. Obviously
with the circuit change it's another new challenge to learn. I'm quite
happy from the point of view that the circuit owners have changed the
circuit to make it more interesting for us drivers, to have more
overtaking opportunities, even to increase spectator facilities. So all in
all I'm looking forward to coming here and doing well in front of our
Ralf Schumacher was confident that the BMW engine failures
the team suffered over the last 2 races have been resolved and said
"That's the reason why we have one of the best engines in Formula One,
that's why we have this consistent development and we go to the limits.
Certainly, if you go to the limits, things like this do happen. But it's not a
David Coulthard believes McLaren will still be
chasing Ferrari and Williams here but is counting on strong tyre
performance and said "We have two tyres here that we have a lot of
experience of, and we hope we will be quite racy. Even the not so soft
option should still be racy, even if we can't get away with the first one.
I wouldn't expect a big turnaround in Ferrari's performance so we are
probably still chasing them and chasing Williams but we shall wait and see
what happens. The new entry may create something that suits our car."
Hiroshi Yasukawa (Bridgestone) gave his thoughts on
the suggested tyre regulation of just one tyre specification per race and said
"I think we have to consider the safety issues, cost issues and the image
of Formula One. If you want to change specification down to one, we are very
pleased cost-wise, we can reduce things in our costs. Now with things like
these new corners and the new course at Hockenheim, and for the future,
perhaps we are going to a new course, in this case we don't have any spare
tyres, this is a bit risky and we have to avoid spoiling the Formula One race.
If cars are going to start on worn out tyres, this is a very bad image and
also this brings in all sorts of safety issues too. At Bridgestone we prefer
keeping a good image, and this image has to work closely with a team."
19-June: Despite expressing his confidence of a strong showing at the Nurburgring, Michael Schumacher has admitted that the competition is getting closer and pointed to the fact that Ferrari have not won Pole in the last 2 races and said "The most important thing for the Nurburgring is to have a well balanced car, which is not easy to achieve. The cars tend to understeer on this track. But I feel we can be confident and competitive even here at the Nurburgring. However, it is clear to see that the competition has got closer, as can be seen from the fact we did not get pole position at either of the last two races. I think it could be the same situation at the Nurburgring. I think BMW-Williams will go very well there. It is obvious that in Canada, they would have been ahead of the McLaren-Mercedes if they had not had problems. I reckon they will be even stronger than McLaren. The tyres will be very important in terms of the overall package. We will have to wait and see who has the better tyre to suit the conditions."
Juan Pablo Montoya who retired from the last 2 races with engine problems is ready to bounce back and is hoping for a good result on the track that gave him his second podium finish of 2001. He said "A few days have passed since the Canadian Grand Prix and I have finally recovered from the great disappointment. I feel like some recompense is due for the last two races, where I was denied from picking up a good handful of points. The team has been working hard to address the problems we had and therefore I hope the Nurburgring track will be able to reward our efforts. Also I want to add to the very good result I had there last year. It was my second podium of the 2001 season and I had a really good car, but I am confident that we have an even better car this year. The new modifications to the track are going to be a good challenge as it will mean the circuit is ‘new’ to everyone in the field. I am certain it is going to be an interesting race because there should be more overtaking opportunity than recently."
19-June: "Designed for Ferrari" is the title of the 18th issue from the Diagnosis and Prognosis Series for the 2002 season. In this issue, the Heretic looks at the upcoming European Grand Prix - Issue 18
18-June: The Quali-flyer's predictions for the 'Real Race' at the European GP ... Report
17-June: Australian Mark
Webber who currently drives for the Minardi team will be testing for the
Jaguar team at their upcoming test session in Barcelona on the 28th of June.
17-June: "Return to domination for Ferrari ?" - The European Grand Prix Preview is now available ... Race Preview
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