BAR Honda Hungarian GP race notes Olivier Panis "Unfortunately, the start didn't work as I expected and I lost a few places. When I reached the first corner, the car in front of me braked heavily which forced me to do the same and I ended up...
BAR Honda Hungarian GP race notes
"Unfortunately, the start didn't work as I expected and I lost a few places. When I reached the first corner, the car in front of me braked heavily which forced me to do the same and I ended up on the dirty part of the track. Because of this, it was impossible for me to stop the other cars passing me and I got stuck behind slower cars. Due to the nature of this circuit, I had to wait for the first pitstops to get clear laps, but then my lap times were very quick and, in fact, I managed to post the 6th fastest lap of the race."
"After my second stop, the car was running OK but then, close to the end of the race, the team asked me to slow down because they were worried about an oil pressure problem and that's why Montoya pulled away from me. We're going to work very hard this week in order to solve the different problems we have encountered and generally make sure we are ready for Spa."
"I got a good start and was running 12th on what would have been the right strategy. It was a typically hard race because of the heat and the nature of the Hungaroring circuit but I just kept pushing until, at the end of the pit straight, the car just seized with a transmission problem. It was too bad because the car was going much better in the race than it had been on Friday and Saturday. It's a disappointing end to a difficult weekend so I guess we just put it behind us and move on to the next one. Spa is one of my favourite races and one where we expect to do better than we have here in Hungary."
David Richards, Team Principal
"This has been one of those weekends where things haven't gone at all smoothly. We didn't get the best from the car here and, given our disappointing grid positions and the track characteristics, this was always going to be a difficult race for us. The high temperatures made it very tough on all the drivers and inevitably, the race became a test of endurance. Olivier recovered from a bad start and made the best of things to finish 12th, while Jacques' car suffered a transmission failure. We didn't achieve our target of finishing both cars and this is something we must continue to address."
"On a much more positive note, the announcement today that B.A.R will be the sole Honda-powered team from 2003 is excellent news and underlines the potential of our partnership for the future."
Position: DNF (20 laps)
Best lap time: 1:19.861
Best lap time: 1:18.126