Japanese GP Arrows race notes

The OrangeArrows team ended the season with a race full of drama at the Suzuka Circuit in Japan today. Enrique Bernoldi and Jos Verstappen finished in 14th and 15th positions respectively after dealing with power steering failures and stop-go ...

The OrangeArrows team ended the season with a race full of drama at the Suzuka Circuit in Japan today. Enrique Bernoldi and Jos Verstappen finished in 14th and 15th positions respectively after dealing with power steering failures and stop-go penalties. Enrique received his penalty for missing the chicane twice whilst Jos received his for overtaking on the formation lap.

Enrique Bernoldi
Position: 14th
Chassis No.: A22-04

"That was a really tough one for me! My car stalled at the start of the formation lap and couldn't be re-started so I had to start the race from the pit-lane. My power steering failed on the second lap which made the car very very heavy to drive. The team was able to reset it at my first stop but it was only working intermittently after that. I have to say that I've really enjoyed my first year in F1. It's been hard but it has been progressive so that's good."

Jos Verstappen
Position: 15th
T-Car Chassis No. A22-01 (Jos raced in the T-Car)
Chassis No.: A22-06

"That wasn't one of my favourite races. I'm annoyed about my stop-go penalty as Enge looked like he was stopping after the hairpin and, as we are told to stay close together on that lap, I passed him to catch up with the rest of the field and didn't realise he was behind me until we got to the grid. This year has had it's fair share of ups and downs. This race was one of the 'downs' but next year we should be able to make good progress."

Graham Taylor, Chief Race Engineer, OrangeArrows

"I think we had our fair share of dramas today. Jos had to switch to the T-car as his power steering failed on his lap to the grid then Enrique's car stalled on the grid and he had to start the race from the pit-lane. Jos got his usual good start, getting up to 16th place from 21st, then Enrique's power steering went off. He had a very hard first stint before we were able to reset it during his pit-stop. Performance-wise we're not happy with the season, compared to 2000. We were strong in the races up to mid-season but have fallen behind which was shown most vividly here in Suzuka. The plan now is to put this year behind us and crack on with our preparations for next season."

Weather: Cloudy but warm. Maximum ambient temperature 22°C.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Jos Verstappen , Enrique Bernoldi