Italian GP Saturday Williams notes

Ralf Schumacher and Jenson Button will start from 7th and 12th places respectively for the 2000 Italian Grand Prix. After performing quite strongly in the morning free practice sessions, both the drivers were expecting better grid...

Ralf Schumacher and Jenson Button will start from 7th and 12th places respectively for the 2000 Italian Grand Prix. After performing quite strongly in the morning free practice sessions, both the drivers were expecting better grid positions.

Ralf Schumacher:
"I had to abort two flying laps; on both occasions I was too optimistic in choosing the braking point. Seventh position is not too bad even though I was expecting something better after having finished fifth in the morning session. I am quite surprised by Villeneuve's fourth place. Considering the close times achieved by drivers among the top six -- some of which are not fighting for the lead of the drivers' championship - tomorrow, for the first lap, it's going to be quite tight into the new chicane."

Jenson Button:
"I am quite disappointed with my time and grid position, possibly we did not adjust the car correctly for the conditions in the afternoon. I have a lot to achieve to get points tomorrow."

Patrick Head:
"It's a disappointing qualifying as we were expecting a slightly better result. We are very close to the cars in front in time though. Now we must focus as usual on getting a good race set-up because it's a very long and hard race and we are looking forward to the battle."

Dr Mario Theissen:
"With regards to the engine everything went as planned. We are now running the same spec-engines we used in Spa and since this morning we were pretty quick. In qualifying we needed a little bit more luck. Our drivers have already proved that they can move to the front during the race, why shouldn't they do it on Sunday?"

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Jenson Button , Ralf Schumacher , Patrick Head , Mario Theissen
Teams Williams