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Jean Alesi: "I was not in a good position at the start and in addition to this my engine stalled at the start which has not happened to me before in my Grand Prix career. When the marshalls pushed my car, they accidentally pressed a button which...

Jean Alesi:
"I was not in a good position at the start and in addition to this my engine stalled at the start which has not happened to me before in my Grand Prix career. When the marshalls pushed my car, they accidentally pressed a button which left the gearbox in neutral and it was stuck there for some time. Then I joined the race when all the cars were behind the Safety Car , but one lap down. So, effectively my race was over before it began."

Nick Heidfeld:
"It was a disappointing weekend. We were pretty lucky not to be involved in the crash at the start. Afterwards, it ran as we expected. Then I spun in the second chicane, for a reason I am not sure of. In fact, the rear of the car was more nervous than usual. I started to feel the engine failing and it seem that I lost control of the car because of some oil on the track. I don't know if it was coming from my car, or from another one… "

Alain Prost:
"It is true, as we had said, that this circuit does not favour us, but taking account of the circumstances at the start, we were not able to take advantage of this very particular event. It is time for us to rediscover some serenity as everyone is feeling the pressure from our current situation. The next Grands Prix, especially Indianapolis where everyone will start on equal footing, will perhaps offer us fresh opportunities to show what we can do."

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Jean Alesi , Nick Heidfeld , Alain Prost