Budapest, 15th August Eddie Irvine: third at 27.228s, 77 laps, chassis 191 Mika Salo: twelfth laps down, 75 laps, chassis 195 Jean Todt "We have never underestimated our strongest opponents, who did not put a foot wrong here. To all intents...
Budapest, 15th August
Eddie Irvine: third at 27.228s, 77 laps, chassis 191 Mika Salo: twelfth laps down, 75 laps, chassis 195
Jean Todt "We have never underestimated our strongest opponents, who did not put a foot wrong here. To all intents and purposes, we ran this race with one car, given Salo's position on the grid. Eddie could have finished second. Despite great work from the mechanics in the pits, Eddie lost second place when he went wide at a corner. Salo, whose race was also compromised by his unfortunate start position, was in pain for the last twenty laps because part of the seat belt got caught behind his right shoulder, impeding his driving. Despite the result, we are still leading both championships, by two and four points. Next week we are testing at Mugello in preparation for the race at Spa. As usual, we will fight hard and do all we can to maintain our position in the championships."
Eddie Irvine "This is a disappointing result, but at least I have come away with four points, the first time I have scored any here. My start was as good as it should have been on that side of the track, but after just two or three laps my tyres went off badly and I was having problems with the front and rear of the car, which was jumping all over the road. I think we got a couple of things wrong, which we will have to look at very carefully in the de-brief. It is unusual for us not to be quick in the race. Before my second stop I had been cautious but I pushed hard on my "in" lap and that meant I was able to get out ahead of Coulthard but I was struggling. During lap 63, I lost control of the rear and ran wide at Turn 5 and then got slower and slower as the tyres got worse. We have some new aerodynamic developments coming for the next couple of races, so hopefully we can be more competitive in Spa."
Mika Salo "I had a terrible race. I got stuck behind slower cars after the start and could not get past them. Basically, I could not find the right set-up all weekend. To be honest I am embarrassed by my performance and I feel I have let the team down. The car was terrible to drive and was all over the place all the time. I was on a one stop strategy, which was the only solution possible, given that I was eighteenth on the grid. During the race, I could do good lap times, but I could not overtake. Now, I am looking forward to testing next week, which will give me the chance to understand what went wrong this weekend. I am sure I can do better at Spa, which is my favourite circuit."
Temperatures: air 24 C, track 35 C