Giorgio Pantano and Nick Heidfeld qualified 15th and 16th for the starting grid of the San Marino Grand Prix, with Pantano leading Jordan Ford's qualifying results for the first time, in only his fourth Formula One race. Both drivers were...
Giorgio Pantano and Nick Heidfeld qualified 15th and 16th for the starting grid of the San Marino Grand Prix, with Pantano leading Jordan Ford's qualifying results for the first time, in only his fourth Formula One race. Both drivers were generally satisfied with the car's balance today and hope recent improvements to the EJ14 package will further their chances of success in the race.
"I'm feeling a little bit more positive at this race because I'm getting much closer to my teammate and that is the important thing for me. I think we have also made some changes which have improved the car a bit, and the gap between us and the cars in front is getting smaller. A few more races and hopefully we can close it even more. I'm happy with my qualifying and really looking forward to racing tomorrow."
"I think my qualifying lap was not too bad although half way through I started to lose a bit of grip, with oversteer affecting the rest of the lap. Otherwise, we have some new things and the car has improved since the last race. I would have hoped to have been even closer to the cars ahead of us but we just have to keep working hard to close the gap."
James Robinson, Head of race and test engineering:
"There seemed to be some different ideas about fuel load strategy in the first qualifying session today and it's quite hard to understand why certain cars chose to do what they did in the second session. Giorgio wasn't happy with the balance of the car in first qualifying, but Dominic (Harlow, his race engineer) made a number of changes much to Giorgio's liking and he made good use of the car in second qualifying.
"Nick was reasonably happy with the car. Following his first run he only made a number of small changes but felt he didn't have as much grip in the second run, getting a little bit sideways at Aqua Minerale. It will be interesting to see where people are with regards to strategy in the race tomorrow and if any of the cars pit before lap 10."
Eddie Jordan, Chief executive:
"Congratulations to everyone at BAR Honda on their fine pole position. Honda's last pole was with Jordan and Heinz Harald Frentzen at the European Grand Prix at Nurburgring in 1999."