Jarno Trulli raced in the top six for the majority of the race but retired six laps from the finish with a brake hydraulic problem. He commented, 'I made a good start and was having a very strong race up in the top six for the entire time.
Jarno Trulli raced in the top six for the majority of the race but retired six laps from the finish with a brake hydraulic problem. He commented, 'I made a good start and was having a very strong race up in the top six for the entire time. Unfortunately, for the last ten or so laps, I just couldn't push anymore to retain my fourth place as there was a problem with the brakes which caused me to retire just six laps from the end. I am very disappointed and frustrated because I keep suffering from different problems which are stopping me from finishing races and winning points. It's very important that we now work hard to resolve the problems that have hindered us over the last few races, and return to our competitive form.'
Zonta made a very good start and ran in an impressive eighth place during the first third of the race. Having worked his way close to a potential point-scoring position, a collision with the Sauber of Kimi Raikkonen upset the handling of the Jordan for the rest of the race.
'It felt great to compete in a Grand Prix race again, particularly as the racing was so good,' said Zonta. 'I made a good start, moving up three places, and enjoyed a few fights with other cars. I was behind a Sauber and when I came very close to overtaking him, he braked unexpectedly and I hit him from behind which was dangerous. Luckily I was able to carry on with no real damage to the car. Half way though the race, I began to have problems with the brakes. After the pit stop I had difficulty braking late so had to put a lot of brake balance to the rear and just try to finish the race. The car was generally very well balanced and very fast, so it's a shame we didn’t pick up any points today.'
The Schumacher brothers dominated the race, Ralf taking over the lead from Michael when they made their scheduled pit stops to give Williams their second win of the season. Second place for the Ferrari driver gives Michael Schumacher an 18-point lead in the championship after David Coulthard retired his McLaren from fourth place with a blown engine. Mika Hakkinen finished third for McLaren. Only nine of the 22 starters were running at the finish, Trulli being classified 11th after covering 63 laps.
'Both Jarno and Ricardo drove a very strong and solid race, but yet again, we failed to score points due to reliability problems which is a great shame as we needed points and should have won them today. Ricardo's performance was commendable and he did an excellent job to hold off strong competition in the early part of the race. It looks like Jarno had brake hydraulic failure of some kind, as the brake wear and temperatures were fine. It's so important that we work hard to iron out these issues.'