Brazilian GP: BAR Saturday notes

Lucky Strike B.A.R Honda drivers Jacques Villeneuve and Olivier Panis qualified for the Brazilian Grand Prix in 15th and 17th positions respectively today. The team were hopeful of better things after making steady progress in practice but took...

Lucky Strike B.A.R Honda drivers Jacques Villeneuve and Olivier Panis qualified for the Brazilian Grand Prix in 15th and 17th positions respectively today. The team were hopeful of better things after making steady progress in practice but took encouragement from a day of problem-free running.

Jacques Villeneuve

"Generally the car felt better all weekend and things looked a little more promising in practice, but as qualifying showed us, that is as quick as it will go. Position-wise it's very close but as far as our time is concerned, we couldn't get anything more from the car. We haven't had any mechanical problems so far and we're usually better off in the race, so there's only one strategy for tomorrow - to attack as much as we can and hope for some opportunities during the race."

Olivier Panis

"I have mixed feelings about today, some negative and some positive. On the negative side, I have to say we were slow and we were missing the power we needed for this kind of circuit, which has three straights, one of them very long and steep. I struggled since this morning to find a better set-up but I think that today Jacques and I extracted all we could from the car.

"On the positive side, we have had no recurrence of the mechanical problems we had in the previous race and I would like to thank the team for their efforts in resolving the reliability issues. We will have to work very hard this afternoon in order to prepare for the race, so we can make the most of any opportunities that may arise."

David Richards, Team Principal

"Jacques and Olivier did the best job they could but at the end of the day our times reflect reality."

Jacques Villeneuve
Position: 15th
Best time: 1:14.760 (12 laps)

Olivier Panis
Position: 17th
Best time: 1:14.996 (11 laps)

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Olivier Panis , Jacques Villeneuve , David Richards