Jean Alesi: "One of the most important things on this track is the brakes, and the team has done an excellent job on this aspect. Despite a disappointing qualifying position yesterday and a poor start today, I never had any problem and could push...
"One of the most important things on this track is the brakes, and the team has done an excellent job on this aspect. Despite a disappointing qualifying position yesterday and a poor start today, I never had any problem and could push throughout the race. The team has given me a very reliable car so far this season, especially in the last two races, which has allowed me to give my best. These two points mean a lot for us, and they are well deserved. I want to thank everybody in the team here and in Guyancourt for the fantastic job done."
"This race has been hectic for most of the drivers, and it's been difficult for me too. I almost stalled the car on the grid, because the start function did not work properly, and I had to do a manual start. I was therefore last in the first corners but soon after the safety car came out because of Barrichello and Montoya's accident, which allowed me to catch up. After the restart, my car felt good. I was following Jean, and I was even quicker than him. But I made a mistake on the braking and to avoid hitting him I went onto the grass. The car started overheating because there was grass in the radiators and I had to anticipate my pit-stop. Then I got some blisters on the tyres, which made the car almost undrivable for a while. The tyres slowly cleaned up and I managed to catch up Zonta by the end of the race. Unfortunately it was too late to improve my final position. However I feel very happy for Jean and for the team.”
Henri Durand: “This is a very good result for the team. After having struggled a bit this week-end, especially in qualifying, our cars finally behaved very well throughout the race. They were equipped with the modifications we have introduced on the aerodynamic package and the rear suspension in Monaco, and they proved to be less hard on tyres than other cars running on Michelin. This enabled us to run on a one stop strategy keeping a very good pace throughout the race and especially in the end. It is a satisfaction for us to see how our cars have been competitive today.”