Formula 1 Canadian Grand Prix
What the teams and drivers said - Sunday
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Team and Driver Quotes following Sunday's Race
Jean Todt: "This was an amazing race. We knew that with the
strategy we had decided on prior to yesterday's qualifying, we could be in the
running, even without starting from the front and we were proved right. For
the team, it was battle from the first to the last lap. Both drivers drove a
very strong race, helped by the Bridgestones that were fantastically
consistent. As we predicted, reliability was another key factor. The team
worked to its usual standard, striving for perfection.
Ross Brawn: “The cars proved to be very reliable and the
Bridgestone tyres performed very well. Strategy was very important, but the
drivers and the team did a fantastic job putting it into action. Michael and
Rubens had to wait patiently in the first part of the race, when they were
behind cars that had a potentially slower pace than they did. Once they had a
clear track ahead of them, they both knew what to do and did it perfectly.
"I don't know why I have won so often here - I guess its down to a good
package and a bit of luck. Everything went to plan today. We thought it would
be hard to get pole so we concentrated our strategy on the race. The pit stops
were great and the car preparation was fantastic. We won today because of the
consistency of our package and our race pace which was the fastest.
"This was a great race and I had fun fighting Michael. He got a win for a
Ferrari and that is what counts. I knew my only chance of winning was to pass
him on the track or go longer before the pit stop, but I had a little less
fuel than him. When I was pushing him very hard, I knew the brakes were
getting hot as I could feel the pedal get spongy, but I had to keep pushing.
But after the pit stop, when I had more fuel on board, the pedal began to get
long and I realised the brakes were "cooked".
Sam Michael: "It was a good day for our team and a welcome return to form. It was a close fight with all the teams. Both our drivers, Ralf and Juan drove good races and the team's strategy proved to be the right one for our cars. We pushed Ferrari for the win but they were just a bit too strong today. After having achieved pole position and strong race results on the challenging circuit of Montreal, we want to carry this momentum forward in to next week's race in Indianapolis."
Mario Theissen: "To see this increase in performance is
important for everybody in the team. With several different strategies this
was a very interesting race today and it brought us the best result so far
this season. Ralf especially has shown excellent performance in qualifying and
Ralf Schumacher: "This result is better than we had expected
before coming to Montreal, but still a bit disappointing after I started from
pole. The way we performed this weekend is a clear sign that we have some
chances to be at the front and this is very encouraging for the team.
Juan Pablo Montoya: "Fifth place is really not what I hoped
for. I must say the car was so good yesterday in qualifying, that I really
deluded myself I could get more out of this race. In the first and second
stints the rear of my car was sliding a bit and driving was difficult.
"Coming away from here with fourth place after yesterday's qualifying may
be seen as disappointing, but the reality is that we just didn't have the pace
on the day. It is fair to say that Jenson extracted the maximum possible
performance from the car, so to generate five more points and close the gap to
second place is satisfactory.
Shuhei Nakamoto: "Not a good day for us today but it says a great deal about our season to date that we are unhappy even though Jenson finished fourth. For Takuma to lose another engine is very disappointing. We only have to wait one week to Indy where we will have the chance to fight back onto the podium."
Geoffrey Willis: "This was a tough race for the team with
a mixed outcome. Takuma raced superbly from his front row position and
with excellent pit stops and strategy, challenged throughout for second
place. The incident with Barrichello shortly after the last stops
necessitated an extra stop to change the front wing but we do not yet have
any information for the cause of the engine failure.
"Five points are very important but I'm obviously disappointed that
I'm not on the podium here because that's what we felt was achievable. I
got a reasonably good start and managed to keep the Renaults behind me but
I had oversteer all the way through the first stint. We changed the car at
the first stop to give more understeer, which helped the balance slightly,
but we couldn't make a big enough adjustment and we had low grip
throughout the race.
"We came to Montreal with high hopes but have come away with another
disappointing result. We changed our plan this morning so that I would
start from the pit lane on a two-stop strategy, which we thought was going
to be strong. I had to back off on the pitlane exit because of the second
corner incident and lost a lot of time there, however I was able to move
up to 14th.
Peter Sauber: "After a turbulent start in which we lost
several places, and got trapped behind some slower cars, Giancarlo moved
up smoothly in his usual manner to leave one competitor after another in
his slipstream. Our sixth place once again brought us three deserved
championship points. My congratulations to Giancarlo.
"I wasn't very quick getting off the line, but that was a blessing
after Coulthard and Klien tangled right in front of me in Turn One. I just
managed to avoid both of them. After that I just settled down and kept
Felipe Massa: "I was having a strong race, after catching and passing Sato, Glock, Klien and da Matta, but I lost a lot of time in my first pit stop because of a problem with the left rear wheel. Later I also had some trouble with the steering wheel. As for the accident, I have no idea what happened - I was just a passenger. I'm okay and fortunate that the car is strong, and only went to the hospital for a precautionary check-up on my left elbow."
"Both our cars finished the race today, which is a step in the right
direction. Kimi's car had an electrical fault, which was short-circuiting
some of the steering wheel's electrical functions. This necessitated two
changes; one which took place during Kimi's third scheduled stop and the
other requiring an unscheduled stop.
Norbert Haug: "Kimi and David did a good job. Kimi came into the pits two times more than originally planned because of a drive through penalty and a stop to change the steering wheel. This prevented him from finishing sixth. David put in a solid performance after he had been pushed into a spin after the start dropping to 16th and eventually finishing ninth."
"It was a difficult race, but I'm pleased to score some points. I was
given a drive through penalty as I touched the white line at the pit lane
exit, which overall wouldn't have cost me a position. However then an
electrical problem developed, which meant we had to change the steering
wheel during my third pit stop.
David Coulthard: "My actual start was good, but Turn Two is always difficult here and one of the Jaguars went into the back of my car and spun me around. This put me pretty much at the back of the field and I had a couple of lively laps where I gained a few positions. However, with a three-stop-strategy running at the back you will always struggle. It's a shame that I didn't really get a chance to run in clean air as I think we could have achieved a better result. However the positive is that both Kimi and I finished, which is important as we head to Indianapolis next week."
Tsutomu Tomita: "It was a good race for Toyota today with
both cars finishing in the top ten. We are getting everything out of the
car and we can celebrate another championship point with Cristiano's
eighth place, which is great news.
Cristiano da Matta: "It was a tough race, but satisfying
to take one point away with us today. Again, though, I feel we have been
let down from an even better result because of more trouble with the blue
flags. The final stint was ridiculous. I was letting people past all the
time and I was barely able put any proper laps together.
Olivier Panis: "I got a good start, but the Jaguar crashed
just in front of me and I had to back off, which left me in ninth place. The
strategy we had for my car could have worked, but unfortunately all of my
efforts were hampered by the first incident, where I lost time moving around
the cars, as well as by some slow backmarkers. Sato also went off right in
front of me, which was additional time lost.
Dr. Mark Gillan: "We had an unfortunate incident involving
both of our cars on the first corner and we had to retire Mark after he
suffered damage to his rear suspension. Christian had an overheating problem
and then front wing and rear end plate damage all emanating from his incident
with a Jordan and a McLaren.
Christian Klien: "My start off the grid was fine and I very
quickly found myself in the thick of it in corner one. I was hit from behind
and then forced into the back of David Coulthard. I did what I could to avoid
him but I was forced into the air and then I came down on my team mate, Mark.
Mark Webber: "I was looking forward to this race as I felt
that we had a good strategy in place and the R5 was feeling competitive. My
start was quick enough and I was fast into the first corner. I could see that
there was a lot of traffic in the corner and not a lot of space. Unfortunately
some things are out of your control and I could see that David Coulthard was
going into a spin and Christian and I both had no where to go. As Christian
made contact with David the outcome was his R5 landing on my front wing.
Eddie Jordan: "It's always nice to have two cars finish but it is a shame that we were running so well with Nick ahead of Fisichella and it didn't come to anything more. Timo will always remember his first race. He did a good job and thanks to circumstances finished in front of his team mate. It was nice to see them work together."
James Robinson: "It was a hard race for everybody and both our drivers coped very well. The pit stop incident was unfortunate for Nick as it cost him quite a lot of time in the race and he had been looking quite strong at that early stage. Timo drove maturely and did an excellent job in his first race to finish where he did and cope with a number of problems with the car he had a misfire towards the end of the race. He handled that and the traffic very well."
Timo Glock: "The start was really good but I damaged my front wing early in the lap which gave me a lot of understeer until my first pit stop when we changed the wing. After the stop, I had too much front grip and oversteer. Added to that I couldn't find a good rhythm because I had to let the front runners past. That was a big problem for me as I lost a lot of time so I must learn how to do that.After the second stop I was losing engine power or something, it certainly sounded strange so I just concentrated on saving the engine. Towards the end I had a coming together with Christian Klien who was a lap down from me, I was expecting to pass him on the straight but he moved over at the corner and we touched. It was my target to finish the race and stay close to Nick and I achieved that."
"After our experience in Nurburgring once again we showed that we
have quite good race pace. I think a lot of people thought we would stop
really early but we didn't - I stopped on lap 20. Unluckily the pit stop
really screwed up my race. The lollipop came up too early and I went over
the guy on the fuel nozzle. He's okay, which is the most important thing,
but I lost nearly a minute and my race was lost after that.
Zsolt Baumgartner: "I was not so happy at the beginning of
the race, as there were a lot of incidents on the track and, as a result, I
wrecked my first set of tyres avoiding several of them. After my first pit
stop, and on new tyres, the car just got better and better.
Gianmaria Bruni: "It was a good race to begin with, and the car was quick in the first two stints. There was a problem at the first pit stop, which lost me some time, but once I was back out on the track again, I was able to re-pass Zsolt and pull away. Unfortunately, a problem developed with the gearbox, and there was no choice but to retire. It's bad luck, because the car had been handling really well up to that point. I want to say a special thank you to the guys, who did a great job this weekend, and we'll see what we can do at Indianapolis next weekend."
Flavio Briatore: "This is a bad weekend for us. It was encouraging to see the cars perform well at this circuit, and we had the speed to race competitively against Ferrari today. But as we have seen already this season, reliability is the key to success. We hope not to repeat this."
Pat Symonds: "It is a bitterly disappointing to suffer a double retirement after looking so good during practice, and having been confident of a podium finish. The indications we have so far are that both cars suffered similar transmission problems."
Fernando Alonso: "The left driveshaft failed on the car - as I came down the straight I could feel the car pulling to one side, and I had to stop. The result is not good for the team in particular, but the car performed well during the first two stints of the race. The tyres were not quite as consistent as we had expected, but we were quick even so. I had a problem at the first stop when the fuel nozzle did not engage properly but even with that problem, we could have easily finished on the podium."
Jarno Trulli: "My race was over as soon as it had started. I got a normal start, and then suddenly it felt like the rear suspension failed - perhaps because of a driveshaft failure. I pulled off straight away and that was it. Obviously, it's a big disappointment - Fernando showed today that we had the track position and the speed to win."