British GP BAR qualifying notes

Olivier Panis "I'm a little disappointed with how qualifying went for me today and disappointed for the team because we thought we were stronger today. I had a traction control problem on my first lap but the engineers identified and fixed it very...

Olivier Panis
"I'm a little disappointed with how qualifying went for me today and disappointed for the team because we thought we were stronger today. I had a traction control problem on my first lap but the engineers identified and fixed it very quickly so the rest of the session was fairly trouble-free for me. The team did a lot of good work in testing together recently and we made some real progress. We just weren't quick enough today so we need to continue to make progress here to help us in the race. I'm sure we can improve our performance and do much better tomorrow."

Jacques Villeneuve
"Today was a difficult day for us. I had problems in both sessions; this morning with the gearbox then I had an 'off' in this afternoon's session. So, I did very little running in practice -- only 6 laps. In qualifying, I had an engine problem on my first run so we quickly prepared the T-car and I jumped into that. When the racecar was fixed I swapped back again but I wasn't happy with it -- it felt a little slow. So I did two runs in both cars and jumping between the two cost us time. It's frustrating that we weren't able to do any set-up work but we usually do better in the race and I'm sure that will be the case tomorrow."

Malcolm Oastler, Technical Director
"We were much slower than we would have liked today. We had a fairly trouble free run with Olivier and no problems with traffic. He put in two identical lap times and that's as fast as we could go today. Jacques had a minor engine problem with his race car on his first run so he jumped into the T-car. We did another run in the race car again when the problem was fixed but he wasn't happy with the car and preferred the way the T-car was running. So, jumping between the two cars prevented us from making the sort of progress we should have made throughout the session."

-BAR

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Olivier Panis , Jacques Villeneuve