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23 - 24 May News
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24-May: Following the
confusion during the podium ceremony at the Austrian GP where Michael Schumacher
insisted that Rubens Barrichello receives the winners trophy from the Austrian
Chancellor, the FIA have apologised to the Austrian Chancellor for what
happened. The President of the FIA Max Mosley said "I have written
apologising on behalf of the FIA. I felt I had to do that. It couldn't wait
for a decision of the world council. It obviously was a disagreeable situation
for him to be in."
Formula 1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone has warned Ferrari
not to repeat their team orders of Austria and indicated that he would only
support such move if the world championship was hanging in the balance and
said "Ferrari would be ill advised to do such a thing in the future. If
they were to repeat it, that would not go down well with the fans - nor me. So
many people want to see someone beat Schumacher but in Austria they were
cheated out of that.
23-May: At the Thursday press conference for the Monaco GP,
Peter Sauber indicated that while Felipe Massa and Kimi Raikkonen are
completely different characters, their talent is similar and said "I
think on one thing they are really similar, and that's their talent. They have
big big talent and very good driving feeling, but otherwise they are
completely different. One is from the north and the other one is from South
America, the characters are completely different. I think their talent is
similar, and both drivers are immediately fast on different tracks."
Patrick Faure doesn't believe that Renault can
challenge Ferrari this year and said "It's very simple, that's not our
goal. It's the first year of the return of Renault as a 100 per cent team in
Formula One. We have set ourselves the target of being one of the top four at
the end of the year and we stick to it and we think if we do it we will have
done a very good job."
Frank Williams have confirmed that the team is
looking into a B version of this year's car and said "It's talked about.
Clearly all teams try and improve their product. I can truthfully say we have
not made a positive decision about that matter at the moment.
Jean Todt didn't speculate on the kind of strategy
they would adopt in the future with regard to team orders by stood by
Ferrari's decision in Austria and said "You know I'm not going to intend
what will be the strategy for Ferrari for the future. Definitely it's a game
where you need to apply strategy, at least Ferrari thinks that we need to
apply strategy when we are having certain circumstances which was the case. We
thought that at the moment, we cannot allow ourselves to lose four points.
Whether that's a good or bad decision, it was our decision and we stand by
this decision. I hear my colleagues saying how tough is Formula One. Formula
One is tough, it has been tough for Ferrari. Ferrari is in Formula One for
many many years. We have had good times, we have had bad times."
Eddie Jordan was delighted to have 2 points from
Austria and said "I would prefer not to have destroyed another car, but
having said that, full marks, I have to say. We all hate having to make these
rules and regulations and changes to the chassis rules, but believe me there
is no team person here who cannot thank our lucky stars and the FIA for making
sure these rules change because, for sure, in years gone by I am not sure Taku
Sato would be here driving. So let's, on a good point, say well done to the
people involved in Formula One for making safety such a key issue. The two
points...when people pointed out I was propping up the end of the Formula One
field I didn't like it too long, so I thought it was time that we should
change it. A lot of people have been talking about the re-structuring of
Jordan and again it became clear that people were not quite understanding my
methodology about re-structuring and cost efficiency and prudence in running a
business. Just because you re-structure something doesn't mean you are going
out of business and I think it was a very opportune moment that Giancarlo
drove a fantastic race to finish fifth and he held back a lot of people by not
slowing them down but a lot of good cars and a lot of good teams. I think he
did an outstanding job to finish fifth and in view of what had happened
earlier in the race it was a big relief in terms of a weekend."
23-May: What the teams and drivers said following Thursday practice in Monaco ... Report
23-May: Monaco GP – 2nd Thursday Practice Session: Jarno Trulli sets the fastest time of the session ahead of Allan McNish and David Coulthard. Giancarlo Fisichella, Mika Salo and Ralf Schumacher make the top 6 ... Timed Results ... Report ... Notes
23-May: Monaco GP – 1st Thursday Practice Session: Michael Schumacher sets the fastest time of the session ahead of David Coulthard and Jarno Trulli. Rubens Barrichello, Heinz Harald Frentzen and Jacques Villeneuve make the top 6 ... Timed Results ... Report ... Notes
23-May: "One for tradition" is the title of the 14th issue from the Diagnosis and Prognosis Series for the 2002 season. In this issue, the Heretic looks at the upcoming Monaco Grand Prix - Issue 14
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