MONTREAL, CANADA, June 10, 2001 -- An eventful Canadian Grand Prix yielded a top-10 finish for European Minardi F1 driver, Tarso Marques, providing some consolation to the team at the end of a weekend dogged with technical bothers. His ninth-place...
MONTREAL, CANADA, June 10, 2001 -- An eventful Canadian Grand Prix yielded a top-10 finish for European Minardi F1 driver, Tarso Marques, providing some consolation to the team at the end of a weekend dogged with technical bothers. His ninth-place finish at the demanding Montreal circuit matched his previous best result of the season, at the Brazilian Grand Prix. Marques struggled with a blistered set of tyres after the first of his two scheduled pit stops, and broken rear bargeboard mountings over the final 10 laps of the race. Team mate, Fernando Alonso, ran strongly in the morning warm-up session, but completed only seven laps in this afternoon's race before a broken driveshaft CV joint forced him to retire from the event.
"It was a hard race, particularly after the second stop, as I had a few problems with the tyres that were fitted. We are now trying to work out what might have occurred with that second set, which resulted in it being markedly slower than the previous one. The chassis balance was not bad; however, on the straights it was clear we were at a power disadvantage to a number of our rivals. I made a good start and was able to gain one or two places, but could not maintain my position simply because other cars could easily pass me on the straights."
"Today was a truly disappointing day. I felt I performed well during the morning warm-up. I was happy with my car's behaviour and felt confident for the race, but after a few laps there was a problem with the drive to the wheels. It is a shame, because the whole team worked flat out right through the weekend. We have just been really unlucky right from the first day."
"Tarso's ninth place finish in today's action-packed race was a positive result at the end of what has been a weekend-long struggle with an assortment of problems. In fact, the result was all the more creditable for the fact he had to deal with loose bargeboards on his car for the last 10 laps. Sadly, Fernando's weekend was curtailed by what appears to have been a driveshaft problem. The team now returns to Europe and will be carrying out further testing of its new gearbox and aerodynamic package. Once in place, this will assist us in addressing the recent reliability issues that have affected the team's performance."