Benetton-Renault ---------------- Michael Schumacher [1st]: "A successful first day for me, as we did not expect it to be quite so good. But we made a few changes and it seems that everything has worked quite well for us. So, now I hope we...
Benetton-Renault ---------------- Michael Schumacher [1st]: "A successful first day for me, as we did not expect it to be quite so good. But we made a few changes and it seems that everything has worked quite well for us. So, now I hope we have a few thunderstorms as the weather forecasters have been predicting! The circuit is quite bumpy and, of course, it is not used throughout the year so it needs to be used quite a lot to get some rubebr down. But I am happy with the car. It is difficult to find a good balance quickly in these circumstances, but we have managed to get a good compromise and we should be even better tomorrow."
Johnny Herbert [7th]: "I am a little disappointed because I had hoped to do a little better here. We made some changes during this afternoon's session, but I did not have quite enough time to benefit. I had bit of a problem as well this morning, which did not help me, but I am optimistic that all will be better tomorrow. To be seventh is not too bad, so I am just hoping that the weather holds out."
Williams-Renault ---------------- Damon Hill [2nd]: (Damon is suffering from a cold.) "It was no more than [a] satisfactory start really today. The car's a bit of a fight to get a balance on it -- a bit tricky. We definitely need to work to find a bit more pace, but we have got something to go with for the moment, so we have a good starting point."
David Coulthard [7th]: In general I feel a bit of lack of grip on entry to the corners coupled with that fact that I'm not so happy with the gearbox on the downshift. There is not a lot of grip, but tomorrow there will be a bit more rubber down so we should start to be a bit tidier. I am also running a new chassis here os maybe I just need to bed everything in."
McLaren-Mercedes ---------------- Mika Hakkinen [9th]: "I was lacking some grip at the back and entering into corners and found it difficult to get a good lap time as a result of it. We have to work overnight now to find a solution to this problem. I also had a fuel pressure problem on the first run which would have been my quickest lap, but otherwise the engine was performign well throughout the session.
Mark Blundell [11th]: "I am disappointed to be outside the top eight cars. We took some wing off for the last run to make up some speed deficit but unfortunately we made the car a bit too loose and had some high tyre pressure. Even so, we managed to improve the lap time but I think there was not much more left in the car at that point so we have to do some work on it before tomorrow."
Norbert Haug [Mercedes]: "We have made progress with our top speeds which are looking good in all three sctions. However, our lap times will have to improve in the next qualifying session where I think we should be able to find another half a second. Our positions should accordingly get better."
Ron Dennis [team principal]: "Like everybody we are struggling to maintain the balance of the car as the surface of the track is constantly changing. Quite obviously we are not where we need to be and a variety of of minor problems have further aggravated the problem. Mika's optimum split times would have seen him seventh on the grid, and Mark's time perhaps reflects the difference in specification of their respective engines. If it is dry tomorrow we will improve our grid positions, but unfortunately that part of the equation is beyond pur control."
Sauber-Ford ----------- Heinz-Harald Frentzen [12th]: "I had much the same problem during qualifying as I had this morning: understeer and oversteer at the same time. Even so, I'm sure I would have gone two or three tenths quicker on my second set but for traffic at the end of my fastest lap."
Jean-Christophe Boullion [17th]: "I only managed to find one clear lap during my run with the first set. My time was not too bad and I thought I would be able to improve on the second run. We hardly changed the car but, as soon as I went out on the second set, I had no grip. This was confirmed as soon as I got back into the pits, where we found that the pressures and temperatures were badly out. As for the circuit, it is very bumpy and not particularly interesting: accelerate, brake, accelerate, brake. Not a big challenge for the driver."
Peter Sauber [team principal]: "Although the cars, because of the short time between two races, are still technically the same as at Monaco, we have made a small step towards closing the gap on those in front. With that in mind, I'm content with the provisional grid positions both drivers managed today."
Minardi-Ford ------------ Team press release: "For this first testing and qualifying sessions, Minardi Scuderia Italia's drivers Pierluigi Martini and Luca Badoer were using M195/2 and M195/3 fitted with new aerdynamic parts (front and rear wing and side deflectors).
The Ford ED engines were fitted with the 'high torque' exhaust pipes used with success on the Monaco circuit.
Between the first timed session and the qualifying, more downforce was added trading it of maximum speed [sic]."
[Our apologies for the incomplete set -- this is all we have.]