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9-May: At the
Thursday press conference for the Austrian GP, Jenson Button indicated
that he was very happy with Renault at this stage and very positive for
the future and said "I am very happy at the moment. Things are going
very well, everyone is working very well together and I think it is very
positive. The car is working a lot better than it was last season, and it
keeps improving. It is a very good team to be with. Starting with them
when they were at the back of the grid and being with them, now when we
are in the top ten, it is a great feeling and all very positive for the
Nick Heidfeld hopes to get a strong result here
as he qualified in 6th last year and the team will be running a higher
spec of last year's Ferrari engine. He said "I am really looking
forward to this weekend. We were quite strong here last year. I was sixth
in qualifying which was my best result together with the States.
Unfortunately I had a problem with the launch control at the start but
Kimi finished fourth so I think it is going to be okay.
Allan McNish indicated that Toyota's results so
far have exceeded their expectations but acknowledged that it gets tougher
to improve and said "I think overall we have outshone expectations
and also to some extent our own expectations. I don't think we considered
we would be able to be so strong, especially in race trim. Obviously the
fight gets tougher throughout the season because everybody improves and I
expect that to continue. It is going to get tighter and tighter through
qualifying, especially on a circuit like this."
Patrick Head has admitted his disappointment with
the performance of the team since the Malaysian GP and said "We're
disappointed since the race in Malaysia where we were able to be very
strong, although Michael had problems. Just in terms of pure performance
we were very strong in the race there and we've certainly been
disappointed with ourselves since then in terms of the performance we've
been able to achieve. We're pushing ourselves pretty hard."
Paul Stoddart indicated that while it was a tough
decision for him not to race in Spain, it was his only choice and said
"It was a tough weekend but basically I think we had to take the decision
we took and I think it was a responsible decision. Had we had more time to
evaluate what actually happened to the rear wing then we would have been
racing on the Sunday, but happening in the warm-up, such a short period of
time, it was the only decision I could take.
9-May: "The Ferraris will fly!" is the title of the 12th issue from the Diagnosis and Prognosis Series for the 2002 season. In this issue, the Heretic looks at the upcoming Austrian Grand Prix - Issue 12
9-May: Ferrari announced
today that they have extended their contract with Rubens Barrichello
to cover the 2003 and 2004 seasons. Barrichello's contract will now run
out at the same time Michael Schumacher's contract runs out as well as a
number of key figures in the Ferrari team including Jean Todt.
8-May: "Can Jarno Trulli recover ?" - Topic of the week - Have Your Say
8-May: Juan Pablo
Montoya who is currently second in the Drivers' Championship but 21
points behind Michael Schumacher is confident that Williams will be closer
to Ferrari this weekend. Montoya said "The A1-Ring is an interesting
track because it's quick. I do like it, I've got to say. It's quite simple
and very low grip circuit but, again, that makes it a fun place to race.
For the past 5 seasons, David Coulthard has never
finished less than second at the A1-Ring (1 win and 4 seconds). He hopes
to continue his good form there and said "It was encouraging to take
my second podium finish of the 2002 season at the Spanish Grand Prix, and
I am now looking forward to building on the result in Austria, which is
also my 130th Grand Prix start. I enjoy driving at the A1-Ring and have a
good record there, having won at the track last year and finished second
in the previous four races. The A1-Ring is reminiscent of a kart track and
is very short in length. It also has the quickest lap time of the current
Formula One circuits, the lap record stands at 1m10.843, which I set in
7-May: The Quali-flyer's predictions for the 'Real Race' in Austria ... Report
6-May: After failing
to score points at the Spanish Grand Prix due to mechanical failures on
both of their cars, Renault head to Austria in a confident mood.
The team have already addressed the hydraulic problem that caused Jenson
Button's car to fail while the team is working hard to correct the engine
problem Jarno Trulli's car suffered. Technical Director Mike Gascoyne
said "The reason for Jenson's retirement was a hydraulic leak on the
car. We already had a development in place to cover that particular
problem. We also know what Jarno's engine problem was, and are working
hard to correct it.
Heinz Harald Frentzen scored the first point for the Arrows team in Spain. The team used a new specification Cosworth engine for Qualifying helping Frentzen to start from 10th on the grid. This weekend the team looks forward to using the new spec engine for both Qualifying and the Race and believe it will give them the extra power needed for this track. Technical Director Mike Coughlan said "We hope to have the engine spec we used on the Saturday in Spain again for qualifying here as well as for the race which is a definite step forward for us. Engine power is at a premium at the A1 Ring as it is one of the highest full throttle races on the calendar. We were able to run the new engine spec for two days at Silverstone, completing well over race distance and we were very pleased with its performance. We also tested a rear suspension upgrade over the two days and that also went very well. We will be working very hard to make sure that we get the best out of the car in qualifying and I would say we should be able to qualify in the top 12."
5-May: "Another Ferrari domination ?" - The Austrian Grand Prix Preview is now available ... Race Preview
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