Dry conditions met the drivers this afternoon as they took to the Silverstone (UK) track for the 11th round of the Formula One World Championship. Drivers Antonio Pizzonia (22) and Mark Webber (26) started in grid positions of 10th and 11th ...
Dry conditions met the drivers this afternoon as they took to the Silverstone (UK) track for the 11th round of the Formula One World Championship. Drivers Antonio Pizzonia (22) and Mark Webber (26) started in grid positions of 10th and 11th respectively and after a tough race, Mark managed to finish 14th while Antonio was struck by an engine issue which saw his race end on lap 33.
The team have experienced a tough weekend at their home race that has seen the points scoring run come to an end. However, valuable data has been collected on tyre data amongst many other things and this will be used going forward to the Hockenheim race in two-weeks time.
Dr Mark Gillan - Head of Vehicle Performance:
"We knew that we had a tough race ahead of us and within the first fifteen laps we had had two safety cars deployed and knew that our race-strategy had been compromised. Both drivers drove a strong race despite suffering some issues, amongst which was Antonio having to change his steering wheel in his first pitstop. The team did a good job and Antonio continued to drive a strong race until lap 33 when he had an engine issue that ended his race. Until we get the car back we cannot confirm the reasons behind this, but of course we will have a full investigation back at the factory."
"Mark was also running a strong race, despite being clearly shocked by coming across a spectator on lap 11! I am very pleased that no-one was injured. Overall, after all the hard work that the team has put in for their home race it is disappointing not to reward the team or the fans. However, with this in mind we have collected a good amount of data over the weekend and we will go to Hockenheim with this in our back pockets. The true and accurate pace and performance of the car was not really given the opportunity to be showcased this weekend."
"That was my toughest weekend and race of the season so far. The afternoon was very long as we battled against debris and spectators on the track. I got caught up behind some traffic after my first stop and that did not help my strategy. However even with all that in mind, I am pleased to have finished and very pleased not to have killed someone in the process."
"We have certainly learnt a lot this weekend and I know that we take a lot of data away with us this weekend that we can work on over the next two weeks in the run-up to the next round. Our reliability had gone from strength to strength and despite my points scoring coming to an end I am positive about the next five races and I am looking forward to scooping up some points that may come our way over the next few weekends".
"I am disappointed not to have finished the race, particularly because I had started in tenth position and I was in a good place for chasing for points. My car had been suffering from a few issues over the weekend and I was actually racing in my T-Car. The team had done a good job to pull this together and the balance was good."
"However, I had a steering wheel issue early on that we had to change and then a small chassis issue that did not help my cause. Despite those I carried on and was enjoying the race. My pace was competitive until lap 33 when I suffered an engine issue that was fatal to my race. We are still working on what the reason behind this was, but realistically we cannot confirm the cause of until we have the cars back. I go to Hockenheim having learnt a lot from our home race."