Reports & Results
What the teams and drivers said -
( Rubens Barrichello - 1st, Michael Schumacher - 4th )
Jean Todt: "It was a thrilling race! After a
man ran onto the track on lap eleven, which forced us to bring both cars in to
the pits together on the following lap, we found ourselves with Rubens eighth
and Michael fifteenth. Both our drivers drove brilliantly and thanks to a
great performance level from our engine, chassis and Bridgestone tyre package,
they staged an exceptional climb through the field. Rubens has been quick all
weekend, with Friday qualifying his only difficult moment. I am very happy for
Thanks to his fourth place, Michael has limited the damage in the Drivers'
classification and along with his team-mate's ten points the team has extended
its lead in the Constructors.' This was a great result which shows how well
Ferrari reacted, along with its technical partners, especially Bridgestone and
Shell and how much work was done after a few difficult races. We know the road
ahead is still very long and the season is very closely contested. We will do
all we can to maintain our lead in both championships."
Ross Brawn: "An exceptional race! Today showed that overtaking
is currently possible in Formula 1. It was incredible. We had a slightly
difficult double pit stop shortly after the start, from which we did not
emerge in particularly good shape, especially with Michael. Both drivers kept
a cool head and started moving up the order, with a great performance.
Rubens has been very competitive all weekend, as he was here in the test after
the Canadian Grand Prix. We had a few difficulties in the last few races, but
today, along with Bridgestone, we delivered a strong response. The rest of the
season will be difficult, but we have shown what we can do and that we are
capable of beating the opposition."
"This is a fantastic feeling. I came in for a lot of criticism after
Canada and France and I feel this performance answers my critics. The race was
hard work but entertaining. I had a great car today, the result of all the
work we have done and the Bridgestones were phenomenal. My engineers did a
great job to give me such a good car so that I could attack and overtake. I
lost two places at the start because I had to wait a long time for Trulli to
come to the grid and my tyres lost temperature and had no grip. But I knew I
would be okay once the tyres came to temperature.
My passing move on Kimi was very close and I almost lost my nose. It was an
aggressive but fair fight. The team is now working in the right direction to
make our car even better and the championship is always open. I always leave
my emotions behind when I get into the race car, but it is impossible for me
not to want to cry when I hear the Brazilian anthem on the podium. It makes me
think of my family and my father who sold his car so I could start racing.
Your last win is always your best and this once certainly ranks highly."
Michael Schumacher: "It
was an interesting and very busy race. To be honest, it was difficult to have
an overview of what happened from the cockpit. Waiting in pit lane behind
Rubens for the first pit stop meant we both lost a bit of time and we lost
some more as the mechanics had to wait for a gap in the traffic to let Rubens
out. But it was definitely the right decision to come in and wait rather than
do another lap. Rubens drove a perfect race with some outstanding passing
moves to fight his way through the field. He deserves the victory and I am
happy for him. As for myself, fourth is not too bad considering what happened
and in terms of the championship, my lead over Kimi has only been reduced by
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Williams ( Juan Pablo Montoya - 2nd,
Schumacher - 9th )
Sam Michael: "Juan
did a very good job today and Ralf would have been further up, but he
sustained some damage to the bodywork which required an extra stop to
rectify. In summary we have had a good strategy which we adapted around
the events of the race. The first time the safety car came out was to our
advantage, but the second safety car came out too early for us and as a
consequence we had to change our pit stop strategy. But the pit stops
worked well and the team did a good job. We are now looking forward to
Hockenheim and we believe we can be strong there as well."
Mario Thiessen: "We
witnessed a very dangerous situation today when a person ran onto the
track during the race, but fortunately no-one was hurt. Juan Pablo had a
very good performance today, driving from 7th to 2nd and making the most
of the circumstances. Ralf race was good until a guidevane was torn off
and blocked the airflow. This caused the water temperature to rise and
Ralf had to undertake an additional stop to remove the debris. Without
this incident, Ralf would have also been at the front."
Juan Pablo Montoya: "This
was the most exciting race of the year, and I really enjoyed it. I was pleased
with the pace we showed today as we were able to keep up with the Ferraris.
The main difficulty I had during the race was when the safety car came out for
the second time, and after pitting I found myself back in p13. But I was able
to catch up quickly, and the fact that I was just behind Rubens made it even
easier as he was helping to clear traffic for me. My car was strong and I
cannot be anything but happy as I managed to move up from thirteenth to second
at the finish. These points will certainly help for both Championships."
Ralf Schumacher: "This
was obviously not what I expected from this race, and the result was
obviously disappointing. The extra stop cost me a decent finish, and after
it had happened, the race was more or less over for me. It was just bad
luck. So what is important is to forget this race as quickly as possible
to concentrate on my home race in Hockenheim."
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( Kimi Raikkonen - 3rd, David Coulthard - 5th )
"A great race for the TV viewers and spectators alike. Inevitably
there will be criticism as a result of one fanatic's actions, but this
sort of thing has happened before in other countries and even in other
sports. Nevertheless the safety car deployment is a normal occurrence in
modern Grand Prix racing, and I feel that the team responded well to that
plus the other challenges of this race and our strategy helped the
drivers' achieve their point finishes. Kimi's race was unfortunately
handicapped by the performance of his third set of tyres whilst David's
starting position certainly made things difficult. That said they both
drove outstanding races."
"This was a great race which saw Kimi keeping his Championship hopes
alive by finishing ahead of his main competitors. David drove a strong
race and coming into our home Grand Prix at Hockenheim, the World
Championship is as exciting and open as it has not been for a long time."
"The most important thing is that we managed to close the gap in the
Drivers' World Championship by one point. I made a good start to take
second and was able to put pressure on Trulli. I saw the weird guy
climbing over the high fence but had already passed when he actually went
on to the track. I probably could have finished second, but halfway
through my final stint I was really struggling with the balance on my last
set of tyres and subsequently lost a lot of time. To make matters worse I
lost the rear momentarily braking at Stowe which allowed Montoya to get
past. At the end of the day you never know, later in the season the one
point we scored today might prove crucial."
"Considering my start position we can be pleased with fifth.
Obviously an unusual race with this lunatic on the track, but the safety
car was deployed quickly. I was able to gain a couple of positions at the
start, but things were looking difficult when my head restraint fixings
broke. I had to come into the pits at which point the team also changed
the strategy. The balance of the car became better during the race so I
was able to do some really quick laps at the end, which ultimately helped
me to overtake Jarno and claim fifth."
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Renault (Jarno Trulli - 6th,
Fernando Alonso - Retired )
Mike Gascoyne: "A very disappointing end to a competitive
weekend. The two safety car incidents ruined our race: Jarno was pulling away
from the cars behind and, when he was in the lead, things were trouble-free.
As soon as he fell back into traffic, though, his lack of straight-line speed
hurt him and he lost places. Fernando lost out by coming into the pits second
at his first stop, and thus having to queue. He was driving well to climb back
up the field when his engine stalled at the second stop. The car suffered a
major electrical problem, and Fernando had to retire when the gearbox would no
longer change gear."
Denis Chevrier: "This was a race in which being able to
defend one's position was essential, given the number of overtaking
manoeuvres we witnessed. The start of the race was in line with our
expectations, but was disrupted by some unusual incidents which hurt us,
and even though we go home with more points, we can only be disappointed
after qualifying so well."
Jarno Trulli: "Mixed feelings for me at the end of this
race: on the positive side, I scored three more points, but it's a
disappointing result given where I qualified. The car was perfect at the
start of the race, and I was pulling away from Raikkonen, but both safety
car periods cost me. After my first stop, the car's handling changed, and
I lost grip all the way round the circuit. I was pushing all the way
through the race, and had to fight hard to defend my position: it was
right on the limit a few times, but always fair. Overall, I am not sure
whether to be satisfied or disappointed."
Fernando Alonso: "I was unfortunate not to complete the
race, because I think I would have finished in a strong position. The car
was handling well, and I felt I made the right tyre choice. At my second
stop, the idle speed of the engine was very low, and it stalled. The
mechanics pushed me to get the car going again, and then I had to drive
without traction control: it was a little uncomfortable, but I was quite
quick even so."
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Toyota ( Cristiano da Matta -
Olivier Panis - 11th )
Ove Andersson: "It is a fantastic to finish
seventh and to get another two points, taking our tally to seven. This result
is important for our progression in the championship and encouragingly
reflects where we are in terms of our competitiveness at the moment. We
actually led the race for some 18 laps - almost one-third race distance - and
it was incredible to see Toyota in first and second for a while early in the
grand prix. Cristiano did a brilliant job throughout the race, as did Olivier,
who kept third place for as long as Cristiano was leading. The team performed
magnificently and made sure our pit stops were once again first class, which
contributed as much to these two points as anything else."
Cristiano da Matta: "I thoroughly enjoyed that race and I was
quite happy with the way things went for us. Seventh place is a nice
reward for our performance this weekend. We had a good strategy and good
pit stops, using the first safety car period to come in for fuel, which
put me in the lead at that time and Olivier second. I'm very used to
leading races, but this was the first time in F1, which is a special
feeling. I knew it wouldn't last long, so I enjoyed it while I could and
pushed hard to build up as much time advantage as possible. We have been
gradually improving over the past few races and we are setting ourselves
up to be in a strong position for the rest of this season, but more
importantly for 2004."
Olivier Panis: "We opted for a three-stop strategy today and
I think we achieved the best we could. When the safety car was sent out
for the first time, the team reacted well to call both cars in for fuel,
resulting in Cristiano and myself being in first and second positions for
a while, which was fantastic for the team to see. We are improving the car
race-by-race, and we proved this weekend that we can be competitive
throughout qualifying and the race. Overall, it has been an extremely
positive weekend for the team."
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BAR ( Jenson Button -
8th, Jacques Villeneuve - 10th )
"This afternoon I think that Jenson has demonstrated the full scale
of his talent. He drove an aggressive but extremely mature race, pushing all
the way, and that one point may well count for a lot at the end of the season.
Jacques didn't manage to find the same balance and I am sure the end result is
a disappointment for him. Honda did a great job with the engine and the new
aero package has given us a real boost. The work the guys did in the pitstops
was second to none and that made all the difference in getting that valuable
point, so overall the team should be very pleased with their performance."
"The cars ran very well this weekend with the new aero kit and Honda
engine upgrade, so it is good to leave with a point and finish both cars after
such an exciting and eventful race. Jenson drove a very impressive race to
recover eighth place after starting from the back of the grid, helped by an
excellent second stint and sharp work from the pit crew. By contrast to his
qualifying performance, Jacques found his race balance elusive but rallied
with a string of impressive laps in the closing stages and in fact set a
quicker fastest lap than Jenson. This has been a good performance step forward
and reinforces our determination to keep improving the car throughout the rest
of the season."
Shuhei Nakamoto: "Both our guys drove really
well today and we showed that we've made steps to increase our
competitiveness. Jenson scored a point having started from the back of the
grid - we must carry that determination into the final races of the year."
"That was a lot of fun! It was always going to be hard from the back
but I don't think we could have done any better than that - it was one of the
best performances of my career. I had nothing to lose so I went for it from
the start. I made up five places on the first lap so I knew I had a car I
could fight with. I was starting to work my way through the field when we had
to pit under the safety car after the spectator ran on to the track, and I had
to queue for a short time behind Jacques. I dropped back down to 18th and had
to start all over again which was massively frustrating! I got a bit of
oversteer but it went away, the tyres settled down and the balance was good.
The car felt great. I had a lot of fun carving my way through the field and it
was a great feeling for Jacques and I to be fighting with Michael. I got a
good second stop to get back on track ahead of Jacques, then I was really
starting to reel in Alonso. With him out of the race I was able to start
chasing da Matta but in the end we just ran out of laps. It was a really
special race for me today and I'm pleased that we have a point at the end of
it because the team have worked really hard to get the car back up there."
"Today has been disappointing after the good Saturday we had. The new
car is definitely an improvement and the engine worked well from beginning to
end, but the car didn't work as well in race trim today which is strange
because it's usually the other way round. We fought as hard as we could but
today the safety car didn't work in our favour. I wasn't able to finish in the
points but at least the team got a Championship point which is very important."
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Sauber ( Heinz Harald Frentzen -
12th, Nick Heidfeld - 17th )
Peter Sauber: "I believe that we could have
retrieved something from our difficult initial situation. The cars performed
well, particularly Heinz-Harald's. The strategies were optimal as well, but
the race was packed with incidents for both drivers. Heinz-Harald was not able
to start well, most probably due to a problem in the launch system which must
await analysis. He then had to chase up from the back. But he was able to
attack Panis in the last third of the race. Nick was able to gain some
positions before he had to come into the pits because of a flat right front
tyre, and after this extra stop he had no further influence on the race
Heinz Harald Frentzen:
"I cannot say what happened at the start. All I know is that luckily I
could stagger off the line. We need to analyse the data. Later I was able to
make up some places and I wanted to come into the pits during the first safety
car period, but we decided I should stay out. When the safety car was deployed
the second time I came into the pits right behind Nick, and lost time. This
race was definitely packed with excitement, with the spectator running on to
track, Fisichella going off the road right in front of me, and finally Panis
nearly hitting me as he came out of the pits."
"The race was very disappointing, even though I made a good start that
won me some positions. When the safety car came out the second time because of
the spectator on the track we decided that I should come into the pits earlier
than scheduled. Then I had a flat right front tyre and had to pit again, so
Fisichella passed me.
That time the team filled the tank to the brim, which had enabled me to make
it to the end. But it also made the car's balance difficult, and at the same
time I was told to save fuel so I couldn't drive at maximum speed. Then the
engineers warned me that the front right tyre pressure was too low, so I was
forced to make a third stop."
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Jordan ( Ralph Firman -
Giancarlo Fisichella - Retired )
Eddie Jordan: "It should be very satisfying
for Ralph to finish with a good drive in his first home Grand Prix. It was
a slightly more encouraging race for us than the last few which gives a
bit more motivation with our push to improve performance. And well done,
"I think that was a good race for punters and TV - it was a
spectacle. Our only drama was when Giancarlo had a right rear suspension
failure - it was a low mileage component so we'll have to look into why it
failed. We tried everything we could with the safety car to help our
position, but having taken advantage of the first time it came out, the
second time probably didn't do any good for Ralph, and it equalised itself
out between all the cars. We were running all right in the race when we
got into it and if we had qualified a bit better, we may have been able to
get some points. So we should take some encouragement and keep working at
Ralph Firman: "The team made a really good
call with the first pit stop and we're were up there in points positions
for a while. Obviously it was a shame not to score any at the end but we
need to be a bit quicker. The car had oversteer during the second stint
but it was much better and very consistent for the last stint. All in all,
it was quite a good first British Grand Prix so I'm pretty happy."
"The race wasn't too bad today. I was up there fighting, the pace
wasn't bad, the car balance felt good, and we had slightly better grip,
although we still need more. I had to retire when something broke, I think
the right rear suspension failed. I'm disappointed that it's another race
I haven't finished due to reliability issues but it's positive that we
were better with our pace."
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( Mark Webber - 14th, Antonio Pizzonia - Retired )
Dr. Mark Gillan: "We knew that we had a tough race
ahead of us and within the first fifteen laps we had had two safety cars
deployed and knew that our race-strategy had been compromised. Both drivers
drove a strong race despite suffering some issues, amongst which was Antonio
having to change his steering wheel in his first pitstop. The team did a good
job and Antonio continued to drive a strong race until lap 33 when he had an
engine issue that ended his race. Until we get the car back we cannot confirm
the reasons behind this, but of course we will have a full investigation back
at the factory.
Mark was also running a strong race, despite being clearly shocked by coming
across a spectator on lap 11! I am very pleased that no-one was injured.
Overall, after all the hard work that the team has put in for their home race
it is disappointing not to reward the team or the fans. However, with this in
mind we have collected a good amount of data over the weekend and we will go
to Hockenheim with this in our back pockets. The true and accurate pace and
performance of the car was not really given the opportunity to be showcased
Mark Webber: "That was my toughest weekend and race of the
season so far. The afternoon was very long as we battled against debris and
spectators on the track. I got caught up behind some traffic after my first
stop and that did not help my strategy. However even with all that in mind, I
am pleased to have finished and very pleased not to have killed someone in the
We have certainly learnt a lot this weekend and I know that we take a lot of
data away with us this weekend that we can work on over the next two weeks in
the run-up to the next round. Our reliability had gone from strength to
strength and despite my points scoring coming to an end I am positive about
the next five races and I am looking forward to scooping up some points that
may come our way over the next few weekends."
Antonio Pizzonia: "I am disappointed not to
have finished the race, particularly because I had started in tenth
position and I was in a good place for chasing for points. My car had been
suffering from a few issues over the weekend and I was actually racing in
my T-Car. The team had done a good job to pull this together and the
balance was good.
However, I had a steering wheel issue early on that we had to change and
then a small chassis issue that did not help my cause. Despite those I
carried on and was enjoying the race. My pace was competitive until lap 33
when I suffered an engine issue that was fatal to my race. We are still
working on what the reason behind this was, but realistically we cannot
confirm the cause of until we have the cars back. I go to Hockenheim
having learnt a lot from our home race."
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( Jos Verstappen - 15th, Justin Wilson - 16th )
Paul Stoddart: "In what was an action-packed British Grand
Prix with incredible levels of reliability from the cars, the European
Minardis of Jos Verstappen and Justin Wilson completed the race in 15th and
16th positions. Despite those finishing positions, though, we found we were
able to fight with the Saubers and Jordans, and are happy that both cars
demonstrated excellent reliability, allowing us see the chequered flag again
Jos Verstappen: "It was a very difficult race with little
grip available, but it was good we finished. That was positive, as was the
fact my neck held up. The pit stops were good -- the team brought me in at the
right times, and the guys did a nice job. All in all, it has been a bit of a
frustrating weekend, but now we concentrate on the next race, at
Justin Wilson: "It was quite a tough race, and although it was
a shame we weren't close enough to battle with any of the other drivers at the
start, it was nice to pass one or two people. Unfortunately, the auto upshift
failed to work coming out of Club, and Firman was able to get by. Also on that
opening lap, Jos drifted wide at one point and hit my front wing. The damage
meant the car understeered until the guys were able to change the nose at the
first pit stop.
After that, I just pushed as hard as I could with the aim of getting the car
to the finish. The other thing that was really noticeable out there today was
how windy it was -- there were about 10 large flags I could see around the
circuit, and they were all blowing in different directions every lap. It meant
the car would suddenly lose downforce when you weren't expecting it, which was
a bit disconcerting. Despite the problems, though, it was nice to finish ahead
of a Sauber today."
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