Brazilian Grand Prix - Race Sunday 31 March 2002 Panasonic Toyota Racing scored its second world championship point of the season in the Brazilian Grand Prix this afternoon. Mika Salo finished sixth, mirroring his result in Melbourne, while...
Brazilian Grand Prix - Race Sunday 31 March 2002
Panasonic Toyota Racing scored its second world championship point of the season in the Brazilian Grand Prix this afternoon. Mika Salo finished sixth, mirroring his result in Melbourne, while Allan McNish retired.
"I am very happy with this point. It's a great result for the team. The race was hard, but I did not have any significant problems, so what can I say? I don't think this was a lucky point. The car works well and is reliable, so we deserve this result. It is still the same car that we used in Australia. For Imola, we have new parts coming and I hope we can take another step forward."
"I made a good start and was making very good progress until Montoya hit Schumacher. I was just behind Mika when he pulled out and I hit Juan's wing, which was lying in the middle of the track. It damaged the nose of my car and punctured the front tyres, so I was forced to pit. The car's handling then got worse and worse with oversteer and, at Turn 4, the rear wheel locked up."
Ove Andersson, President
"Third race of the season, second point - it is just fantastic. We are very proud of the reliability of our car, which has allowed Mika to cross the finishing line in all 3 grands prix to date. But we still have a lot work to do before we can score points without the benefit of retirements ahead of us."
Review: Allan McNish ended free practice in a respectable 3rd position on Friday with Mika Salo in 15th. In qualifying Salo managed to score a top 10 grid position for the second time, while McNish put his TF102 in 16th place.
Panasonic Toyota Racing will test next week in Valencia, Spain, from Tuesday, 2nd April to Thursday 4th April. Allan McNish will carry out the driving duties.
Weather: Hot and sunny Temperatures: Air 31-32C, Track 33-42C
T-car: Chassis TF102/02 set up for Mika Salo
Mika Salo, Car No 24
Position: 6th, 1:32.37.074, 70 of 71 laps
Allan McNish, Car No 25
Retired, 40 of 71 laps