Belgian GP BAR qualifying notes

<B>Jacques Villeneuve</B><BR> "Today went quite well for us. The car was quick with both intermediates and dry tyres. My qualifying lap wasn't very quick - I took it easy because I didn't want to make a mistake. But then I missed...

<B>Jacques Villeneuve</B><BR> "Today went quite well for us. The car was quick with both intermediates and dry tyres. My qualifying lap wasn't very quick - I took it easy because I didn't want to make a mistake. But then I missed the last lap by 10 seconds. The track really dried for that lap - there were another 3 seconds left because of the way the track dried. I'm disappointed that we couldn't do another lap at the end but it's still good to be starting in 6th position to try for a good result in the race."

"Tomorrow should be good. This year we've been quite good at calling what the weather does and hopefully that will help us. We went out early on intermediates but then it looked like it was going to dry so I came back in for slick tyres. The more you wait, the bigger the risk but the pay-off can be greater. It just depends on how long you're willing to wait."

<B>Olivier Panis</B><BR> "I'm disappointed with 11th position. Everything has been going well all weekend and I was feeling very positive about qualifying. I had an electrical problem and I'm frustrated that this spoilt the session for me. I think the team made the right decisions with the tyre choice because the conditions were changing all the time. Now we have to stay positive so we continue to improve for the race."

<B>Craig Pollock</B>, Team Principal and Managing Director<BR> "Qualifying saw a great display of teamwork from us today. Jacques and his engineers made a very good call and he qualified where he did because of that. I feel very disappointed for Olivier - he suffered with steering problems which were totally out of his control. If he hadn't had those problems, I'm sure he would have been up there with Jacques at the end of the session because both cars were competitive in the wet. 6th on the grid is a great position to fight from tomorrow and we hope that will translate into a points finish."

-BAR

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Olivier Panis , Jacques Villeneuve