The OrangeArrows team had a disappointing end to the 2001 Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal today. After securing a good grid position and running as high as fourth, Jos Verstappen retired from the race with just three laps to go when his front...
The OrangeArrows team had a disappointing end to the 2001 Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal today. After securing a good grid position and running as high as fourth, Jos Verstappen retired from the race with just three laps to go when his front brakes failed. Enrique Bernoldi also retired from the race when a blocked radiator caused his engine to overheat.
"I am very very disappointed. I got a great start and was up to seventh place by lap two. By the time the Safety Car came out I was up into a points-scoring position but I couldn't hear anything on the radio. I didn't hear the call to come in for a pit-stop so we lost the opportunity to pit during the Safety Car period. I was having a lot of problems with my brakes and that was what caused me to go off at the end. I'm unhappy as we lost points today."
"I got a reasonable start and gained a couple of places but I got something in my radiator when cars went off on the first lap. I came in for a pit-stop to clear out the debris as the engine temperatures were rising. After my stop I was pleased to see the Safety Car come out as I could catch up again but my engine temperatures kept going up and I had to retire."
Mike Coughlan, Technical Director:
"I think we had a large dose of bad luck today. Jos' radio didn't work after a few laps so we missed a pit-stop opportunity and then he lost his front brakes at the end when we were on for a point. We had to call Enrique in as his temperatures went through the roof. We later found out that this was caused by a hamburger wrapper blocking his radiator so would ask the spectators to use the litter bins next time!