San Marino GP Arrows race notes

Sunday Race - May 2nd CAR 14 - PEDRO DE LA ROSA QUALIFIED: 18th RACE: DNF/accident-spun off CAR 15 - TORANOSUKE TAKAGI QUALIFIED: 20th RACE: DNF/mechanical problem The Arrows Team's drivers Pedro de la Rosa and Toranosuke Takagi ...

Sunday Race - May 2nd

CAR 14 - PEDRO DE LA ROSA QUALIFIED: 18th RACE: DNF/accident-spun off

CAR 15 - TORANOSUKE TAKAGI QUALIFIED: 20th RACE: DNF/mechanical problem

The Arrows Team's drivers Pedro de la Rosa and Toranosuke Takagi were unable to finish the San Marino Grand Prix, when both had to retire on lap 5 and lap 29 respectively. Pedro finally retired after being rear-ended by Wurz and Tora after a mechanical failure.

Pedro de la Rosa: "At the start of the race I touched wheels going into the first corner with Trulli and damaged my front suspension. My car became difficult to drive, but I continued until on lap 5 I was rear-ended by Wurz, which I really think was unnecessary.

Toranosuke Takagi: "It is a real shame that I was unable to finish today's race, as the car was running really well from the start. When I overtook Gene at turn 2 he pushed me off sideways into the graveltrap. The car was fine, but the tyres developed a huge vibration, which made it difficult to drive. I came back into the pits to change tyres, but later on the car developed a mechanical failure and I was forced to retire on the track."

Prince Malik Ado Ibrahim: "I think it is fair to say that we had a challenging weekend and a lot of credit has to go to the Team who once again pulled out all the stops to have all three cars ready for today. It's a shame that we were unable to finish the race today, but I'm sure we'll be back on form again in Monaco."

In the run-up to the San Marino Grand Prix, The Arrows Team simultaneously attended two test sessions in both England and France. Pedro was at Lurcy Lewis for two days and Tora spent three at Silverstone.

Clear skies, constant warm sunshine and dry track conditions awaited the Team upon their arrival at Imola. The Arrows Team finished the first days' practice for the San Marino Grand Prix with its drivers Pedro de la Rosa in 19th and Toranosuke Takagi in 20th position. Tora's second half of practice was cut short when he hit a curb on the chicane and then a barrier. Pedro had to retire on the track with a hydraulic problem.

Pedro felt that he had a good session until the car developed a hydraulic problem and he was forced to stop. He was also getting used to the track, which has a lot of chicanes, making him brake late and hit the curbs, however, with a few more laps under his belt he was sure to improve on his time. Tora had some problems with his brakes during the first session. The Team managed to correct this during the break, however, on his first outing he lost control of his car when it hit a curb on the second chicane, spun and hit a barrier.

Not everything went according to plan at the Team's qualifying session on Saturday, when Pedro de la Rosa finished in 18th and Toranosuke Takagi in 20th position. Due to his excursion into a barrier during Friday's practice Tora was unable to use his race car during qualifying and had to use the spare.

Pedro felt that he was quite happy with the result, as the car was well balanced. He thought that he could have gone quicker if he did not had to slow down because of a yellow flag. He was very unlucky not to have made the last lap, which would have given him a chance to reach a higher position, but he felt that he was now more used to the track and well prepared for Sunday's race. Tora had very good traction during the morning session, but he lost it during qualifying. The Team tried to correct this and traction was improving until he was slowed down by Hill. He had to go wide, but was able to to make up some time, until a yellow flag ended his quest for achieving a better result.

Tom Walkinshaw summed up Saturday's effort by saying "The Team did a terrific job to get Tora's car ready for qualifying and I think we were a little unlucky not to be able to achieve better times. However, we encountered no major problems and it's the result in Sunday's race that counts."

Unfortunately, Sunday's race did not hold much fortune for the Arrows Team, when both drivers had to retire from the track. Pedro retired on lap 5 after he touched wheels with Trulli, damaging his front suspension. His Car became difficult to drive, but he continued until lap 5 when he was rear-ended by Wurz, which he thought was unnecessary. Tora retired on lap 29 with a mechanical failure. His car was running well from the start, but when he overtook Gene at turn 2 he was pushed off sideways into the graveltrap. The car was fine, but the tyres developed a hug vibration, which made it difficult to drive. He came back into the pits to change tyres, but later on the car developed a mechanical failure and he was forced to retire on the track.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Pedro de la Rosa , Tom Walkinshaw , Toranosuke Takagi