MALAYSIAN GRAND PRIX 17th March 2002 Kuala Lumpur (Sepang) The OrangeArrows team had another tough race today in Sepang. After qualifying 11th, Heinz-Harald Frentzen's car stalled at the start of the race due to a problem with the launch. From...
MALAYSIAN GRAND PRIX 17th March 2002 Kuala Lumpur (Sepang)
The OrangeArrows team had another tough race today in Sepang. After qualifying 11th, Heinz-Harald Frentzen's car stalled at the start of the race due to a problem with the launch. From then on he was playing catch-up, finishing in 11th position. Enrique Bernoldi's race started well as he passed four cars on the first lap. After running strongly in 10th position and battling with World Champion, Michael Schumacher, he retired on lap 21 with a fuel pick-up problem.
"The start was pretty disappointing as my grid position was good. Once I got running the car felt good and we were able to learn a lot about the car as this is the first time we have run a whole race distance. It was a pretty lonely race for me but I was able to compare the A23 to a few other cars on the track. I think our race pace was good so it is a real shame the start went wrong."
"Even though I couldn't finish the race today I have to say it's one of the most enjoyable ones I've had so far. My start wasn't the best but I managed to pass a few cars on the first lap so I was pleased with my position. I had a great battle with Michael (Schumacher). He got past me but then I got past him which was fun. I was due for my first stop on lap 21 but the car stopped when I had just half a lap to go. It's a shame but I now have renewed confidence for my home race in Brazil."
Mike Coughlan, Technical Director, OrangeArrows
"Another troubled start for us as there was a problem with Heinz-Harald's launch. Once we had recovered from that he drove an excellent race for us and completed the first race distance for the A23 in arduous conditions so we're pleased that the reliability and the pace are there. Enrique also drove very well today and was on course for a top 10 finish. He was on his way in for his first stop when we had a fuel pick-up problem. All in all, we're pleased we lasted the race distance but disappointed as the result could have been much better. The team did a fantastic job all weekend in sweltering conditions and I'd like to congratulate them all on their determination."
Weather: Mainly sunny and very hot. Maximum ambient temperature 33C.
Chassis No.: A23-02
Chassis No.: A23-01