Benetton San Marino Notes/Quotes

San Marino GP / Race 26 April 1998 Chassis Numbers: Car No.5 - Giancarlo Fisichella - Mild Seven Benetton Playlife B198 06 Car No.6 - Alexander Wurz - Mild Seven Benetton Playlife B198 04 ...

San Marino GP / Race 26 April 1998 Chassis Numbers: Car No.5 - Giancarlo Fisichella - Mild Seven Benetton Playlife B198 06 Car No.6 - Alexander Wurz - Mild Seven Benetton Playlife B198 04 __________________________________________________________________ FISICHELLA AND WURTZ RETIRED Alex Wurz's (5th on the grid) gearbox stuck in first during the first lap and he was forced to come in to the pits to fix a new steering wheel (which includes the gearbox commands). The new steering wheel was working well, but the engine was damaged due to an oil blowout during the first lap. Alex retired on the 17th lap due to an engine failure. Giancarlo (10th on the grid) went off on lap 17 when he was trying to overtake Frentzen to gain 6th position. Giancarlo Fisichella : Retired on 17 Laps "I was fighting with Frentzen for the 6th position. I do not know what happened, but the car suddenly lost grip. It probably happened because of the aerodynamic turbulence caused by Frentzen's car. The car was quite good today and if I had overtaken him I would have been much faster." Alexander Wurz : Retired on 17 Laps "I had to drive the whole of the first lap with the gearbox stuck in first. I stopped in the pits to change the steering wheel, then went out and carried on, just to try to finish the race, but then the engine blew up. I do not know what happened with Damon Hill at the start, I just know I was in the middle of the field stuck in first gear. It was very scary." David Richards : Chief Officer "This is the first time in two years that the team has come off the pit wall before the end of the race. You can understand the disappointment but we were competitive for the weekend and we just have to accept this situation, move forward and look to the next race now."

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Giancarlo Fisichella , Alexander Wurz , Damon Hill , David Richards
Teams Benetton