FIA International Formula 3000 Round 2 - Imola, Italy 13th April 2002 Sebastien Bourdais drove a fantastic race today to take a well-deserved win and ten points for his championship campaign. He made a great start from pole position and held on...
FIA International Formula 3000
Round 2 - Imola, Italy
13th April 2002
Sebastien Bourdais drove a fantastic race today to take a well-deserved win and ten points for his championship campaign. He made a great start from pole position and held on to first place until the end of the 31-lap race. Tiago Monteiro did not have such a good day as yesterday, the weather was dry today and not only did Tiago have to get used to the car and the track in dry conditions but he was also following some experienced drivers ahead of him. He made a great start and overtook Pantano into fourth but during the race he went off the track a few times and dropped some places. Despite this he learnt a lot from the race and finished in tenth position. Sebastien was followed over the chequered flag by the Brazil race winner Rodrigo Sperafico and Italian Giorgio Pantano.
Sebastien Bourdais P1
"It has been a very good day and week for us. It would be difficult to do anything better. It was a tough race as it was difficult to start with the car in conditions that we had not tested in but we succeeded and that's the most important thing. Since we have started to work together the pace has been there each time so I am pretty confident and can't see why it can't work again in Barcelona and everywhere else."
Tiago Monteiro P10
"I had a good start, overtaking Giorgio Pantano at the first corner but everything was new to me. We run in the wet yesterday and today it was dry and with a full tank I had a lot of understeer, plus it was fifteen seconds faster than yesterday. The mistake I made was trying to follow the guys who had a lot more experience when I should have been learning the track myself but I didn't want to get left behind and I was pushing too hard for my experience. I guess its part of my learning progress. I am not surprised that I was overtaken but I shouldn't have made the mistakes and should have kept to my own rhythm. The car was very constant all the way apart from the first lap when it was very heavy. I am very happy for Sebastien and the whole team."
Team Manager - David Sears
"Sebastien Bourdais stormed away from pole position to lead the race from start to finish to gain his first win of the season. This result makes up for the last race in Brazil where Sebastien got a puncture, again while leading the race. The team has actually won this race for the last three years running.
Tiago Monteiro started from fifth position on the grid because of the wet qualifying but unfortunately made several mistakes during the race which cost him a lot of time with some off-track excursions. However Tiago managed to finish in tenth place at the end to continue his steep learning curve in Formula 3000.
The next race takes place in two weeks time in Barcelona where both drivers tested earlier this year."