British Grand Prix Sunday 16 July 1995 Salo finishes eight from 23rd on grid Mika Salo drove another charging race and finished a strong eight after starting today's British Grand Prix from the 23rd position on the grid. Mika made an ...
British Grand Prix Sunday 16 July 1995
Salo finishes eight from 23rd on grid
Mika Salo drove another charging race and finished a strong eight after starting today's British Grand Prix from the 23rd position on the grid. Mika made an excellent start and was 17th at the end of the first lap. He stopped for fuel and tyres on laps 19 and 38.
Ukyo Katayama also drove superbly and was running 8th on lap 22 from 14th on the grid. On the in-lap before his first planned pit stop for fuel and tyres, Ukyo had a problem with fuel starvation and was forced to retire.
Mika Salo: "I should have finished 7th but Martini pushed me on the grass on the Hangar straight and I did 360! I was lucky I could control the car and rejoin the race. I spent a lot of time behind him during the race, I was quicker but he was waving all the time on the straights.
It's a shame the rain started one minute after the end of the race because I would have loved wet conditions for today. I think I proved that if I had not had to start from the 23rd place I would have finished in the points. The car was a lot better. I am delighted for Johnny, he's been trying for a long time and he deserves his victory, well done. Lucky bastard!"
Ukyo Katayama: "Berger started slowly and I had to drive on the outside line and Martini came inside of me. I did not want to take any risk at the first corner after what happened at the French Grand Prix. The balance of the car was good and I was confident for this race. Unfortunately, on the last lap before my first pit stop, the engine cut suddenly."
Harvey Postlethwaite, Managing Director - Engineering: "Mika and Ukyo drove very well today. We are investigating the tank problem that caused Ukyo's fuel starvation. We progressed with the car this weekend and we will test at Magny-Cours on Wednesday and Thursday."
Mr Kimura - Yamaha F1 Project Leader: "We are bitterly disappointed for Ukyo, as a finish in the points could have been on the cards today. However, looking at the positive side, Mika drove a very strong race considering his start position and both engines performed reliably."