As Tarso Marques took the chequered flag at the conclusion of today's Brazilian Grand Prix, he had every reason to feel pleased. At the end of a race of almost non-stop action and heart-stopping incidents, he had scored European Minardi's first ...
As Tarso Marques took the chequered flag at the conclusion of today's Brazilian Grand Prix, he had every reason to feel pleased. At the end of a race of almost non-stop action and heart-stopping incidents, he had scored European Minardi's first top-10 finish and was also the only Brazilian driver to complete the race. After a brief pre-event fright that saw him forced to transfer to the team's spare chassis after his race car developed a clutch problem, he enjoyed a trouble-free race, stopping only twice for fuel and tyres, and dealing with the continually changing track conditions with considerable skill. Team mate, Fernando Alonso, had a less satisfying afternoon, as he was forced to retire from the race on lap 26, when his car developed an electronic fault.
"This was a very confusing race run in difficult circumstances. Our main goal today was to finish, and to have finished in the top 10 is great for the team. The result was also particularly pleasing since we had a lot of problems over the weekend, especially on Saturday, before qualifying. Today, just before going to the grid, there was a clutch problem with my race car and I had to switch to the spare chassis at the last minute. The car was actually great all afternoon, although maybe just a little slower on the straights than the primary car."
"I had problems from the beginning of the race with the throttle potentiometer of my car, which affected the behaviour of the engine. Even so, I feel quite pleased that I succeeded in completing nearly 25 laps in the race, since it gives me more useful experience. Sometimes problems occur in motor racing and it isn't always possible to finish every race. The only positive thing you can do in such circumstances is to start focusing on the next event, and that's what I'm doing."