Mika Salo: third at 11.932, 53 laps, F399 chassis 196 Eddie Irvine: sixth at 27.402, 53 laps, F399 chassis 191 Jean Todt "Today was a case of damage limitation in relation to our main competitors. We are naturally pleased to have got five...
Mika Salo: third at 11.932, 53 laps, F399 chassis 196 Eddie Irvine: sixth at 27.402, 53 laps, F399 chassis 191
Jean Todt "Today was a case of damage limitation in relation to our main competitors. We are naturally pleased to have got five points towards the Constructors' Championship and also happy that Eddie's one point now puts him back in equal first place with Hakkinen. Mika drove a good race and deserved to get on the podium. We paid a heavy price for our grid positions, especially on a track where it is hard to overtake. There are still three races to go and it will be very difficult to achieve our objectives. However, as I have always said, we will try our hardest right to the end. Starting on Tuesday, we will spend two and a half days testing at Mugello, in preparation for the next race, the European Grand Prix."
Mika Salo "This is an unbelievable result after two difficult days in practice. TO go from the back on Friday to third today is fantastic. You only have to look at my pit-stop to see how well this team works. At the start Ralf (Schumacher) made his car very wide and I could not get by. The he managed to get away from me when his team mate let him pass. Barrichello passed me because I could not overtake Zanardi as I was slow on the straight. But then a great pit-stop helped me get this result. It was fantastic to be on the podium again and it was particularly emotional here in front of all the Italian fans. My car was a bit better today than at the start of the weekend. We are trying very hard to improve our car and we have new parts which we will be testing next week."
Eddie Irvine "I was a bit cautious at the start as I knew it was vital for me to finish the race and that might have cost me one or two places. Changes to the car meant that it was quicker in terms of top speed, but I was bad on the kerbs. In the end though, I got one point and my nearest rival got none. Now we are going to circuits which will suit our car much better and we will be in a much stronger position to fight for the wins. We knew we would struggle here. I was not worried about Zanardi at the end. I had backed off to make sure I got that valuable one point. At least it feels good to be leading the Championship again. Now we must work, work, work."