Brazilian GP - F2002 wins on its race debut Jean Todt: "It was a really great race. We have taken our second win of the year, victorious with the F2002 on its race debut. Michael was fantastic and drove an exceptional race. Rubens was also ...
Brazilian GP - F2002 wins on its race debut
"It was a really great race. We have taken our second win of the year, victorious with the F2002 on its race debut. Michael was fantastic and drove an exceptional race. Rubens was also driving an incredible race, which had taken him from eighth to first and it was unfortunate that an hydraulic problem forced him to retire. The team did a stupendous job as did Bridgestone who supplied the winning tyres. There is still a lot of work to do and we know this championship is still going to be very open and difficult. We have shown great grit and determination in winning here in Brazil."
"Winning this race was not down to luck. We worked hard for it, developing the new car and the Bridgestone tyres. I like this track because it is technically difficult and that makes it a challenge. It was an exciting time through the first two corners. Juan Pablo drove well and I thought I could out-brake him for the first corner, but he left his braking really late, so I prepared to do it at the second. He left me enough space and I got by. I don't know what happened at Turn 4. I went for the inside line to leave him the outside.
"Towards the end, it was not that hard to keep Ralf behind. I knew the only place to overtake was at Turn 1, so I concentrated on making sure he could not pass by braking late and getting a good exit. In the infield, you cannot pass unless there is a mistake so I was not trying to pull away. Having won here with the new car I am much more optimistic about our performance on circuits where we struggled last year, even if there is still room for improvement."
"We had opted for a different strategy to Michael's as, starting from the fourth row, it was the best chance of making up places in the early stages of the race. Everything was going well and I managed to get into the lead and given the combination of strategies, I think I could have ended up on the podium. Unfortunately, my car developed an hydraulic problem and I had to retire."
"The F2001 was going well today and I really wanted to give it a great send off with a good result. Despite the fact I have yet to score points after three races, my motivation remains high, in part because I feel I have shown what I can do. The crowd was fantastic. I'm just sorry I had to wave to them walking back to the pits. I would rather have done it at the end of the race. I am happy that Michael has won with the new car. It's promising for the rest of the season."