DHL Jordan Honda had an unlucky race, as Giancarlo Fisichella nudged his teammate Takuma Sato on the first corner of lap one, causing significant damage to both cars. The Italian had a front wing change during his pit stop shortly afterwards, the...
DHL Jordan Honda had an unlucky race, as Giancarlo Fisichella nudged his teammate Takuma Sato on the first corner of lap one, causing significant damage to both cars. The Italian had a front wing change during his pit stop shortly afterwards, the damage had made the car undriveable and he retired on lap 34. Sato's EJ12 had damage to the side pod, rear wing and tyres, however in his pit stop the team was able to make changes to the front wing which improved downforce levels, allowing the young Japanese to continue driving hard and he finished in 16th place.
"I made a reasonable start and I was side by side with the two Toyotas and Olivier Panis, when Giancarlo hit me. It's a bit disappointing but these things happen. It is a very tight corner with everybody turning in, so I can't blame him. After the accident I decided to get on with the race and do my best, fighting hard even though everybody was lapping me. It was important for me to finish and bring the car back in one piece."
"I'm not sure exactly what happened, but after the start I was braking into the first corner, and I think somebody pushed me out a little bit. I lost grip and went into Takuma's car, which I'm very sorry about. Unfortunately there was so much damage to my car that it was undriveable and there was no possibility to be quick and continue racing. It is a disappointment to end my 100th Grand Prix this way, but I hope to forget it and I am looking forward to the next race."
EDDIE JORDAN CHIEF EXECUTIVE
"We were looking really good after today's warm up session and had made some good changes. Sometimes when you have a bad qualifying session it also comes back and bites you during the race. Not a great weekend at all but we'll put this one behind us and look forward to Silverstone in two weeks time."
TAKUMA SATO: 16th
CHASSIS NUMBER: 4
GIANCARLO FISICHELLA: DNF (Accident lap 1, Turn 1)
CHASSIS NUMBER: 5