McDONALD'S DRIVER BOURDAIS GAINED A VALUABLE POINT FOR PROVISIONAL POLE FOR THE CHAMP CAR GRAND PRIX DE MONTREAL; HOLE IN THE WALL CAMPS DRIVER JUNQUEIRA THIRD Sebastien Bourdais, No. 1 McDonald's Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "The McDonald's...
McDONALD'S DRIVER BOURDAIS GAINED A VALUABLE POINT FOR PROVISIONAL POLE FOR THE CHAMP CAR GRAND PRIX DE MONTREAL; HOLE IN THE WALL CAMPS DRIVER JUNQUEIRA THIRD
Sebastien Bourdais, No. 1 McDonald's Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "The McDonald's car was really good right off. This morning we were very happy with the way things went, just pretty much started where we left it (last year). It wasn't perfect, but it was a very solid baseline, so we didn't really bother, we just let the track come to us. Then this afternoon, it really felt like we made some improvements and were running strong. You know, we did two laps on the first run; the red flag came out. We just saved the tires and said, Okay, this will be a good set for the race. And then we left the pits again for the second run on the standard Bridgestone tires. I was in a good gap. I didn't have a big margin in front of Paul (Tracy). I went pretty quick on the first couple of laps. Just made a big mistake and hit the wall really hard in turn four. From there on, I was pretty sure that it was going to be a very average qualifying. When I came down to turn one, I locked wheels and got sideways, and probably the crossweight was all wrong (from hitting the wall previously). Still, the lap time came at the end, which I was very surprised to see the classification. I guess we should have a look at what the setup is right now. Not that the car feels great, but it's surely fast. It's just one of these days where you don't really understand what's happening. I'm just very happy that the result is what it is right now."
Bruno Junqueira, No. 2 Hole in the Wall Camps Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "I'm very disappointed because I could fight for pole but I got traffic. On the first set of tires I was only 1/10th of a second behind Sebastien. On the second set of tires I got traffic but still was able to improve my time although possibly not as much as if I didn't have traffic. I made a small mistake in Turn 1 and had to go through the chicane and they took my lap away but it wasn't the lap I went through the chicane on, it was the previous one. They initially listed me in fourth place but then moved me into third when they took away the correct lap. It was good to be able to fight for the pole. We will work hard to keep improving the car and fight for it again tomorrow."
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