FIA International Formula 3000 Round 4 - A1 Ring, Austria 11th May 2002 After a frustrating qualifying session yesterday where Antonio Pizzonia was knocked down to eleventh from fifth after speeding under a yellow flag, both drivers finished...
FIA International Formula 3000
Round 4 - A1 Ring, Austria
11th May 2002
After a frustrating qualifying session yesterday where Antonio Pizzonia was knocked down to eleventh from fifth after speeding under a yellow flag, both drivers finished just outside of the points today in the 35 lap race. Both drivers got away safely and Ricardo was up to seventh and Antonio eighth on lap 28 but by this stage of the race they were five seconds behind sixth placed man Enrico Toccacelo. Right at the end of the race Antonio passed Ricardo into seventh position, but after failing to collect any points today, Antonio now lies in eighth place in the driver's championship. Today's race winner Tomas Enge heads the championship on equal points with Giorgio Pantano who finished fourth today.
Antonio Pizzonia - P7
"Another bad result again, I had a lot of understeer on the track. I had a very good start but got stuck at the first corner and there was no where to go so I had to go back to my starting position. The car didn't get any better during the race, we planned to start with a little understeer and hope that the rear tyres would go off to help with the balance but that never happened. We still have a lot of work to do."
Ricardo Sperafico - P8
"I still didn't score any points, I think that now the championship has gone for me. The car was still the same, we didn't have any grip in the race. The start was not bad, better than last year anyway as I got around the first corner. At the beginning the car was ok but at the end I lost a lot of grip at the rear. It is quite easy to make mistakes when the car is difficult to drive. We need to think about improving the car to get ready for Monaco."
Team Manager - Paul Jackson
"There wasn't the usual first corner incident this year, so with one or two exceptions things settled down into more or less order. For most of the race Ricardo headed Antonio by a small margin but the good thing is that we seemed to have a competitive pace in the race. At the end Antonio passed Ricardo, but unfortunately there were no points today, finishing seventh and eighth. But we're quite positive about Monaco as we are happy with the cars now."