French GP: Jordan race notes

The French Grand Prix 2002 offered Jordan only frustration, with Takuma Sato retiring at one third distance and Giancarlo Fisichella unable to race on medical grounds. Sato raced Olivier Panis into the first corner and ran onto the gravel trap...

The French Grand Prix 2002 offered Jordan only frustration, with Takuma Sato retiring at one third distance and Giancarlo Fisichella unable to race on medical grounds. Sato raced Olivier Panis into the first corner and ran onto the gravel trap after their cars touched. A suspected damaged barge board meant his front grip was reduced and at the end of lap 24 he made a mistake and understeered into the gravel at the last corner.

TAKUMA SATO

"The start was good and I was side by side with Olivier going into Turn One. Unfortunately Olivier turned in on me, we tangled, and there was nowhere for me to go except onto the gravel. That damaged the barge board and underneath of the car, causing huge understeer and it was difficult to stay on the circuit. I tried, but coming into the last corner I lost grip and the car just went straight onto the gravel. This weekend has been very tough for us, particularly with Giancarlo's accident. We're so pleased he's okay and I'm looking ahead to Hockenheim now."

EDDIE JORDAN, CHIEF EXECUTIVE

"This weekend has been a disaster. The sooner we move on to the next race, the better."

GIANCARLO FISICHELLA

"I watched the race on TV at home, it was a shame to see Takuma retire. I am fine today after a good night's sleep. My headache has gone and I just have a little bit of a sore neck. I want to say thank you to Sid Watkins, the circuit medical team and air ambulance crew as they did a great job very quickly. I would also like to thank the doctors at the hospital in Nevers where I had full scans and of course the team doctor and physiotherapist from our sponsor vielife."


TAKUMA SATO
DNF (retired lap 24)
CHASSIS NUMBER 4

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Giancarlo Fisichella , Olivier Panis
Teams Jordan