European GP: Arrows race notes

An incident-packed European Grand Prix saw OrangeArrows driver Enrique Bernoldi chalk up a top ten finish whilst his team-mate Heinz-Harald Frentzen, finished the race in 13th position. Enrique had a fantastic start to the race, jumping from his...

An incident-packed European Grand Prix saw OrangeArrows driver Enrique Bernoldi chalk up a top ten finish whilst his team-mate Heinz-Harald Frentzen, finished the race in 13th position.

Enrique had a fantastic start to the race, jumping from his 21st spot on the grid to 14th position. He let his team-mate through on lap 10 but an off-track excursion for Heinz-Harald handed the advantage back to Enrique a few laps later. He put in a solid performance for the remainder of the race then pulled out all the stops to overtake Jaguar's Pedro de la Rosa on the very last lap for tenth place.

Heinz-Harald had lots of good battles throughout the race and was unfortunately let down when his fuel rig aborted for the third time in three races. A charge in the closing stages saw him overtake Toyota's Allan McNish and take a dive at BAR's Jacques Villeneuve.

Enrique Bernoldi

"I enjoyed today's race more than any other. I had a great start and could fight for places throughout the race and basically enjoyed every bit of it! I have to say that the best bit was probably the last lap as I managed to overtake Pedro (de la Rosa) on the outside of the chicane which pleased me a lot as I didn't want him to beat me!"

Heinz-Harald Frentzen

"I really enjoyed the race today as I was having a lot of good fights for position. It's a shame it wasn't a fight for points but enjoyable nonetheless. The car felt extremely good throughout the race as we managed to sort out the balance this morning. The fuel rig problem is very annoying. I think we need to go and get a new one!"

Graham Taylor, Chief Race Engineer, OrangeArrows

"We're very pleased with the job Enrique did today, especially after the bad day he had yesterday. He really kept his head down and was obliging when we asked him to let Heinz through at the beginning of the race. Heinz was let down again by the fuel rig so we are really going to have to get on top of that one as this is the third time. Ironically Heinz was using Enrique's rig today too. All in all though we are very pleased to get two cars home before we head off to Barcelona where we have a lot of work to do next week."

Testing: The OrangeArrows team will test in Barcelona from Tuesday to Friday next week. Enrique will drive the A23 on Tuesday and Wednesday before Heinz takes over for the remainder of the test.


Enrique Bernoldi
Position: 10th
Chassis No: A23-03


Heinz-Harald Frentzen
Position: 13th
Chassis No: A23-01

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Pedro de la Rosa , Enrique Bernoldi , Heinz-Harald Frentzen , Jacques Villeneuve , Allan McNish