German GP BAR race notes

Jacques Villeneuve "Today's result feels great. We haven't been competitive in the last few months and this was probably the race we expected to be least competitive in. Qualifying was disappointing but somehow we were able to get a really ...

Jacques Villeneuve
"Today's result feels great. We haven't been competitive in the last few months and this was probably the race we expected to be least competitive in. Qualifying was disappointing but somehow we were able to get a really good set-up for the race. The car felt great in warm-up but we weren't very quick on the straights so the big question was strategy. When Olivier got close to me I let him through because I knew we would have a close fight with Jarno. By then we knew I had the better strategy and Olivier was able to help. At the end I had to balance looking after the brakes and fuel with keeping a good distance from Giancarlo but we had enough room to do that."

"It's great that we got another podium but we still need to be more competitive. If we can keep our nose clean and improve, we can do a good job for the rest of the year. This podium was a little more enjoyable than in Spain because a lot more work went into it. We worked really hard session after session and improved the car a lot. The last few races have been hard on the team so this result is well deserved."

Olivier Panis
"Jacques and I ran two different strategies because we thought that would give us more options depending on how the race worked out. The car was much stronger in the race so it was just strategy that let me down. I thought two stops would be the best option but obviously it didn't work out for me today. I was happy with the restart because I had a lot of trouble on the first chicane so we needed it. Then when I came out after my second pitstop I was behind Trulli. I tried very hard to overtake him but I was losing a lot of time. I'm very happy for the team though -- four more points that we really needed and we closed the gap a little more. We need to continue working hard and I need a little more luck to finish in the points."

Malcolm Oastler
"Obviously we're all delighted. The team has worked so hard over the last few months and especially over the course of this weekend so it's a fitting reward. We were fast enough, reliable and both drivers did a great job. Although there was a great deal of attrition, our pace within the race was really quite respectable which is encouraging for us as we look forward to the remaining five races. The drivers worked well together. In the end, we had a reasonable margin and because this race can be so tough on the car -- the engine, the brakes -- we took the opportunity to preserve them and look after everything as much as we could."

Craig Pollock
"I'm delighted. A great result and perfect timing. It was an absolutely brilliant drive from both drivers and obviously a great strategy for Jacques. Olivier was on a different strategy which didn't work in his favour so that's disappointing for him but we saw a fantastic display of teamwork between the two of them. The true strength of the team really shone through today. The car was fast in the race and very reliable and I think this shows that we are all heading in the right direction. We've just got to keep improving and trying harder."

-BAR

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Olivier Panis , Jacques Villeneuve