San Marino GP Benetton race notes

San Marino GP / Race May 02 1999 Chassis Numbers: Car No.9 - Giancarlo Fisichella - Mild Seven Benetton Playlife B199 06 Car No.10 - Alexander Wurz - Mild Seven Benetton Playlife B199 05 Giancarlo Fisichella finished the San Marino Grand...

San Marino GP / Race May 02 1999

Chassis Numbers: Car No.9 - Giancarlo Fisichella - Mild Seven Benetton Playlife B199 06 Car No.10 - Alexander Wurz - Mild Seven Benetton Playlife B199 05

Giancarlo Fisichella finished the San Marino Grand Prix in 5th place. Alexander Wurz was forced to retire on his sixth lap after a collision with Pedro De La Rosa.

Giancarlo Fisichella: 5th

"Considering I started the race in 16th place, this race this result is 100% satisfying. We really didn't expect to earn any points at all. We definitely chose the right tyres yesterday, I made a bit of a sacrifice in qualifying as I used hard tyres, but they made up for it in the race. The beginning of the race was hard as I had so much fuel, but I gritted my teeth and despite a problem with a long brake pedal, I gave it my all. The car was also vibrating a lot after the collision with Panis. These are two much-needed and deserved points, now we just need to concentrate on solving the problems we experienced."

Alexander Wurz: retired on Lap 5

"I had a collision with De La Rosa. Pedro was in front of me and he slipped wide and I tried to go past on the inside and we collided. It was the end of a very difficult weekend full of problems, on the other hand it was great to see Giancarlo come out with two points for the team."

Rocco Benetton, Chief Executive :

"We are obviously very happy, this was a fantastic result considering the difficulties we had this weekend. At least we have identified some of the faults on the car that made things so difficult. We used an aggressive race strategy and we also had some luck on our side, and it is about time fortune smiled on us as it has not done so far this season. Both drivers did an extremely good job over the weekend and showed real maturity in their performance. It was very unlucky for Alexander, whilst Giancarlo was more fortunate."

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Giancarlo Fisichella , Alexander Wurz
Teams Benetton