Jacques Villeneuve's Canadian Grand Prix jinx struck again today when an engine problem forced him to retire from his home race after just 8 laps. The team took some comfort from Olivier Panis' first race finish of the season and the first signs...
Jacques Villeneuve's Canadian Grand Prix jinx struck again today when an engine problem forced him to retire from his home race after just 8 laps. The team took some comfort from Olivier Panis' first race finish of the season and the first signs of improvement with the new evolution of the BAR004.
"I'm relieved to finally finish a race after such a bad start to my season. It was very tough today but the car was reliable and I think we chose the right strategy for us. I was obviously running heavy at the start so I lost some places to some two-stoppers. It would have been nicer to get a point for the team but I'm pleased to see the progress we have made this weekend. I want to thank the team for the effort they put into this race. We know where we are with the new car now so we have to keep pushing and continue to improve so we can get both cars to the finish."
"Obviously I'm disappointed not to finish my home Grand Prix again, especially just 8 laps into the race. We were running heavy for a one-stop strategy so I lost places at the beginning. Then we had the first signs of a loss of oil pressure and a couple of laps later the engine stopped. It's frustrating to have such a bad race after the improvement we saw in qualifying."
Geoffrey Willis, Technical Director
"On the positive side, it was good to get Olivier to the finish for the first time this year so well done to the team for their efforts. It is obviously disappointing that Jacques wasn't able to finish his home Grand Prix once again and we still haven't been able to secure our first points. I'm pleased that we have seen some improvement with the new car but we still have a lot of work ahead of us."
David Richards, Team Principal
"A mixed weekend but on the whole it is encouraging to see that all the new modifications to the car appear to have moved us in the right direction. It's good to see Olivier take the chequered flag but disappointing for Jacques to retire in front of his home crowd. I'm confident that we can now improve our performance still further given the progress we've made this weekend. With Honda's new engine just around the corner, we should soon have all the ingredients we need to regularly challenge for points."
Jacques Villeneuve: BAR004/07
Position: DNF (8 laps)
Best lap time: 1:20.084
Olivier Panis: BAR004/08
Best lap time: 1:17.202