A promising weekend for BAR ended in disappointment when Jacques Villeneuve and Olivier Panis retired within a few laps of each other in Montreal. Hopes had been high after Olivier qualified a season's best sixth and went fastest of all in the...
A promising weekend for BAR ended in disappointment when Jacques Villeneuve and Olivier Panis retired within a few laps of each other in Montreal.
Hopes had been high after Olivier qualified a season's best sixth and went fastest of all in the warm-up. But it was not to be and neither he nor Jacques, who started ninth, made it to the finish. JV was the first to go on lap 34 with Olivier following four laps later.
A downhearted Olivier said: "I am very disappointed. I made a very good start and the car was really quick. We had a good strategy for today but on lap 28 I had problems with the brakes - the brake pedal was too far away and I could not stop the car.
"Everyone has worked really hard this weekend. It is really disappointing because we were looking strong. We need to understand very quickly how we can improve so that we can move forward."
Jacques, who had a particularly miserable weekend, said the team's luck could only improve.
He said: "It was a very hard weekend. Everything happened Friday, Saturday and today. There was always something that went wrong. I think we used up all our bad luck for the year.
"During the race the anti-stall kicked in so I lost a lot of time. The car was running strong after that but then we started having brake problems and eventually a driveshaft problem ended my race."
Team boss Craig Pollock said the team would be working hard to iron out the problems before the next round of the championship at the Nurburgring.
He said: "The problems that we experienced with both cars today are ones that we need to investigate, as they are problems that we have never had before. Clearly we have a lot of work to do when we get back home.
"It is very hard to leave Canada on such a low after we overcame the problems we had leading up to qualifying."
Technical director Malcolm Oastler added: "It was a shocking day and not one we want to repeat in a hurry. We had a great opportunity with a fast car and two fast drivers but we didn't achieve anything, which is very disappointing."