FIRST 2002 POINT FOR ORANGEARROWS! The OrangeArrows team had a fantastic finish to a great weekend in Barcelona today. Heinz-Harald Frentzen brought home the team's first point of 2002 after a fantastic race that saw him battling with the big...
FIRST 2002 POINT FOR ORANGEARROWS!
The OrangeArrows team had a fantastic finish to a great weekend in Barcelona today. Heinz-Harald Frentzen brought home the team's first point of 2002 after a fantastic race that saw him battling with the big boys of F1.
Unfortunately his team-mate, Enrique Bernoldi, retired after two-thirds of the race with a hydraulic leak, different to the one that affected him during this morning's warm up session. He will be back in the A23 on Tuesday for a two-day test at Silverstone where the team will be working hard on settling the balance of the car in qualifying trim.
"That was great! The team has done a superb job all weekend so they thoroughly deserve this point. I'm confident that this car has the potential to be even better, we just need to work on the balance for qualifying but we have a solution in the pipeline for that. We have shown all weekend that we can be competitive and I had an optimistic feeling about the race. I could push hard every lap and had good battles, especially with Massa in the Sauber. It was difficult to overtake here and I did try very hard! I think we are on an upward curve now. The pressure is off to score a point but very much on to score more!"
"That was a real shame as my race was going well today. I had to retire due to a hydraulic leak. My car felt good all weekend and was running well in the race. I 'm very happy that the team got its first point as it proved we are all heading in the right direction."
Mike Coughlan, Technical Director, OrangeArrows
"Heinz-Harald dropped a place at the start and was struggling initially with understeer. We lost out to Panis in the first pit-stop but after that the car ran extremely well. Heinz-Harald did a brilliant job today to run against the big boys. Enrique's race was all going to plan and he did a great job keeping Villeneuve at bay. We're sorry we let him down with a hydraulic leak. We're looking forward to Austria as historically we've gone well there and we should have the engine upgrade from qualifying for the race. Thanks to Bridgestone for good tyres all weekend."
Tom Walkinshaw, Team Principal, OrangeArrows
"Now you see why we invested in Heinz-Harald Frentzen! The car has been good all weekend, especially in race trim. I want to thank the team as they have all worked extremely hard for the last six weeks, getting us to where we are now. It is satisfying to be racing with Renault and Sauber and now we need to keep on pushing to beat them. The next step is to get the same engine upgrade for the race that we had for qualifying."
Chassis No: A23-01
Chassis No: A23-03