By S.P. Sherdian - Motorsport.com Gil de Ferran: "It was a very exciting race. I have to say that the car did a wonderful job and the pit crew did a wonderful job, it was a good race and I thoroughly enjoyed it, it is a very emotional race for...
By S.P. Sherdian - Motorsport.com
Gil de Ferran: "It was a very exciting race. I have to say that the car did a wonderful job and the pit crew did a wonderful job, it was a good race and I thoroughly enjoyed it, it is a very emotional race for me, to me, my wife is British, me career started here in many ways, to come here and win my first champ car race here in England is very special."
Kenny had a few words of advice for the European oval officials: "I don't know if it has taken this long to dry a track before. What people have to understand in Europe is that oval racing is different from other racing, extremely fast and is different from road racing. If you have a puddle of water and if you put a wheel in it at 230 mph you have disastrous consequences. That is why we have not been able to race for two days until the weather is nice."
The drivers were very friendly and were a lot less stressed than the F1 boys we are used to seeing over here. Even at the end of the press conference Kenny Brack and Gil de Ferran found time to joke with each other. Someone asked if it had been a successful trip.
de Ferran: "Absolutely I think that this has been a successful trip. I just hope we don't come back in September."
Brack: "I hope they shorten the race by one lap." de Ferran: "I don't."
Media: "Gil you looked very emotional out there on the podium, was it a very big thing winning in England?
de Ferran: "Absolutely, it is a very big thing winning in England. In some ways I made my career in this country, my family are here, my wife is from here, my daughter was born here and I have a lot of friends here."
Media: The European experiment worked?
de Ferran: "I think so. Despite the delays, it worked out pretty well."
Media: "Rockingham turned out to be a very fast circuit, was it a surprise due to the very steep banking?
de Ferran: "It was very, very fast and was wide open on turns 1, 2 and 3. An average speed of 215 mph is extremely fast, it's a different circuit to any other we race on. Turns 1 and 2 are relatively similar to Indianapolis, very unique, very fast. The car was really handling well, and I was leaning very, very hard. We had a lot of traffic at the end but I got a bit of a push with two laps to go. I tried to get in the line but Kenny claimed the line and I held off, Kenny just flew by me and I thought, no! I tried to stay close to him and I pulled to the outside. I had a lot of momentum going into turn 4, just swept by. We have been very competitive at the beginning of the season, but we have got to keep going."
Media: "At the beginning of the weekend it looked like it was going to be a one-groove track, but as the race went on do you think it could be a two-groove? de Ferran: "One and a half. Turn 3 is maybe two-groove but it is wide open there, it's very much like in Indianapolis turns 1 or 2, if you turn in late or turn in early, it could be two grooves."
Asked for his thoughts on Alex Zanardi, this was his reply.
de Ferran: "I think we are very sad because of his injuries. He is alive and I think he will enjoy his family, he has got a good life. He is a very motivated man, I think he will be a happy man."