Pat Symonds, Benetton Formula's Technical Director: TESTING: "Silverstone is one of our home Grand Prix, being Benetton we have more than one, but it is not the circuit we do most of our testing on. These...
Pat Symonds, Benetton Formula's Technical Director: TESTING:
"Silverstone is one of our home Grand Prix, being Benetton we have more than one, but it is not the circuit we do most of our testing on. These days we tend to test more in Europe so it is not a foregone conclusion that we will do well in Britain. Having said that, the testing we are doing this week has been very productive and I am happy with the way the car is running after the disappointment of Magny Cours. Our only real problem this week has been with the weather as the temperature has been abnormally low for this time of year. There is still a week until the Grand Prix and the weather can get a good deal hotter, which will negate some of our tyre testing." PREPARATION:
"There are a few small modifications to the car in terms of aerodynamics and suspension and minor evolution in the engine." THE CIRCUIT:
"Silverstone is a very different type of circuit to Magny Cours. It is one of the classic Grand Prix circuits with a good mixture of some very fast corners which our car seems to like. There are also quite a lot of bumps on the track which present us with fewer problems than some of the other teams. It is a circuit that is quite hard on tyres, but the work we have been doing with Bridgestone this week looks to be quite productive." CONCLUSION:
"Overall I am hoping for a strong qualifying performance and a good race, so we can put the disappointment of Magny Cours behind us."