Jordan Grand Prix had a very eventful German Grand Prix today. Karthikeyan had a hectic first lap, which resulted in him coming around in front of Monteiro. Tiago had a good start but then was forced off the track and lost a place to ...
Jordan Grand Prix had a very eventful German Grand Prix today. Karthikeyan had a hectic first lap, which resulted in him coming around in front of Monteiro. Tiago had a good start but then was forced off the track and lost a place to Narain.
Shortly after Monteiro's first pit stop, he got involved in a racing incident with Jacques Villeneuve. Karthikeyan also had a lively race; he had a drive through penalty and a spin near the end of the race. However, both drivers were able to take the chequered flag in the 67-lap race.
Tiago Monteiro: 17th
"Today's race was not the kind of gift I was expecting for my birthday. What is important for us is that, again, we managed to finish the race, although it was a tough one. I had a good start but then somebody touched me and pushed me off the track and I lost one or two positions. Therefore I ended up last."
"I was then able to push very hard, as the balance of the car was much better than we have had the whole weekend. I think our lap times were not too bad as well. I had a very good in and out lap in my first pit stop and that's why I have managed to pass Narain and Albers."
"I was very happy with the car until I had a racing incident with Villeneuve. It is a pity but I would like to thank everyone for another finish and look forward to the next one."
Narain Karthikeyan: 16th
"I am happy to finish the race as I have had some technical problems in the last two races. I did not have very good start but I managed to pass Monteiro. The first 15 laps went ok and then I blistered my rear tyres, after which my car was too much on the edge."
"I also got a drive through penalty but I do not understand as I never saw the blue flag for Heidfeld. I had a quick spin near the end as well so I am quite satisfied I finished the race."
Adrian Burgess, Sporting director:
"It was a fairly busy afternoon for everybody up and down the pit lane. Narain was doing a very good job again until he got caught in a blue flag incident; whether he deserves it or not, is open to debate."
"Tiago had a coming together with Villeneuve, which was considered as a racing incident by the stewards. The positive note is that both drivers managed to bring the cars home, which was 12 out of 12 finishes for Tiago."