European GP Saturday Ferrari notes

Eddie Irvine: ninth, 1m 20.842, 11 laps, F399 chassis 196 Mika Salo: twelfth, 1m 21.314, 12 laps, F399 chassis 195 Jean Todt "Qualifying was run in difficult conditions. Unfortunately, Eddie spun on his fastest lap. The difference between the...

Eddie Irvine: ninth, 1m 20.842, 11 laps, F399 chassis 196 Mika Salo: twelfth, 1m 21.314, 12 laps, F399 chassis 195

Jean Todt "Qualifying was run in difficult conditions. Unfortunately, Eddie spun on his fastest lap. The difference between the cars is very close, but our cars are in the middle of the grid, while our closest rivals are in the top three places. Therefore this is not an ideal situation for the race. Tomorrow, just as today, the weather conditions will play a determining role. Choosing the right strategy will be equally important."

Eddie Irvine "I am very disappointed because we were capable of getting on the front row today. On my penultimate lap I was held up by the traffic. Then on my last lap I locked my rear brakes on a damp patch, went onto the grass and that was the end of it. This is a poor result, but we have not given up. The race will be a different story. Assuming it is dry tomorrow afternoon, I am confident I have made the right tyre choice. Combined with our good reliable car, this will allow me to as aggressive as I need to be."

Mika Salo "Our strategy did not work out and the track dried too much at the end of the session. However, I am confident we will be much stronger in the race. When it did dry, I had another car in front of me on my quickest lap. It's amazing how some people do not look in their mirrors. This position is not the best start for tomorrow, but with a strong car and a well planned strategy, we can do something good in the race."

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Eddie Irvine , Mika Salo , Jean Todt
Teams Ferrari