Spanish GP: Renault race notes

Fernando Alonso finished the Spanish Grand Prix in second place; Jarno Trulli went out due to an accident. Fernando Alonso: "This is the best day of my life and I feel I am dreaming. It's difficult to describe what I felt on that final lap...

Fernando Alonso finished the Spanish Grand Prix in second place; Jarno Trulli went out due to an accident.

Fernando Alonso:

"This is the best day of my life and I feel I am dreaming. It's difficult to describe what I felt on that final lap with all the flags and the crowds cheering for me. I had a good start and I could count on a very good strategy and excellent pit stops. It's fantastic to have scored points at all the races so far and I hope to continue so. I am sorry for Jarno, who - I am sure - would have brought home some points as well."

Jarno Trulli:

"I had a good start and I was making my way smoothly, keeping on my line when, at the second corner, I saw Coulthard's car cutting right through from the outside. He hit me and I was out. A real shame because I know this could have been an excellent race for me."

Flavio Briatore, Managing Director:

"It's a victory for the whole team. Fernando did an excellent job. I think our strategy was perfect. It's a shame that Jarno was pushed out by Coulthard, because he was very competitive all weekend and we would have had a strong race. A great perfomance overall for Renault here in Spain."

Mike Gascoyne, Technical Director:

"Firstly, it's a great pity for Jarno, since I'm sure he would have had a fantastic race as well. We were very optimistic from the very beginning and confident in our potential. As for Fernando, I don't need to add anything. He had a faultless performance: our strategy was very good - but not good enough to catch Michael. A big thank you to the whole team, from Viry and from Enstone for the excellent job. Well done!"

Denis Chevrier, Engine Operations Manager:

"It's a satisfaction to see our car fighting through the race against Schumacher's car. Fernando managed to finish in between the two Ferraris: it was one of our objectives and we did it! At the same time, we are sad for Jarno who certainly today could have joined Fernando on the podium."

Jarno Trulli: R23-03
DNF: accident
Fernando Alonso: R23-04
2nd: 1:20.476

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Jarno Trulli , Fernando Alonso , Flavio Briatore , Mike Gascoyne
Teams Ferrari