Eddie Irvine: 69 laps, third at 1.796s Michael Schumacher: retired on lap 30 after an accident Jean Todt "This was a shame because we could have got all the potential out of our car on this track. I think our total package was probably the ...
Eddie Irvine: 69 laps, third at 1.796s Michael Schumacher: retired on lap 30 after an accident
Jean Todt "This was a shame because we could have got all the potential out of our car on this track. I think our total package was probably the best. Michael lost control of his car, which can happen to even the best of drivers. Unfortunately it happened here. The race was incident packed. Eddie deserved second place, but he lost several places after a coming together with Coulthard. Luckily the car was not damaged and he proceeded to have a great climb through the field all the way to the podium. We are not demoralised and we are already thinking about being perfectly prepared for Magny Cours and the next race. The team did a good job. We have lost the lead in the Drivers' Championship and are now second and third. However we still lead the Constructors and our aim is to regain the lead in the Drivers."
Eddie Irvine "I am happy with third after such an exciting race. I started slowly to look after the brakes and when I pushed, the safety car came out. Coulthard managed to get a run at me because a backmarker put dirt on the track and I had to slow. We were side by side, he clipped my back wheel and I spun. Then the fun began! Herbert was quick on the straight and as we came to the corner, I braked on the limit and had to cut across the grass. There were other exciting moments, like when we were three abreast going into the first corner. My car was perfect, the best racing car I have ever driven."
Michael Schumacher "I lost control of the car at the last chicane, because I went off the racing line and got on the dirt and ended up in the wall. This was clearly my mistake. I apologise to the team, who again did a great job this weekend. It was a shame because the car was working perfectly. I usually make one mistake a year. I hope that this incident was the last for the season."
Chassis: Schumacher no. 194, Irvine no. 191 Temperatures: air 30C, track 51C