Italian GP Benetton race notes

Giancarlo Fisichella: "I'm really disappointed with the race. I really wanted to get some points, particularly here at my home race in Monza. We developed a problem with the clutch early on in the race, but it was OK whilst I was on the track, I...

Giancarlo Fisichella:
"I'm really disappointed with the race. I really wanted to get some points, particularly here at my home race in Monza. We developed a problem with the clutch early on in the race, but it was OK whilst I was on the track, I just had to be careful when I changed down. Then when I came in for the pit stop I tried to engage 1st gear and the engine stalled. We finally managed to get the car restarted but then I was in 11th rather than 4th place."

Alexander Wurz:
"Firstly I must say that I'm really sorry for the marshal and for his family. This sad outcome obviously clouds the whole race, but I have to say this was a good result for me particularly after my problems not only this weekend but over the whole year. I would like to thank the team for the reliable car that allowed me to finish fifth."

Flavio Briatore:
"This is both a good and frustrating result for the team. Alex drove a great race and its good to see him earn his first two points of the season. Giancarlo also drove a good race, but unfortunately a clutch problem meant we lost what would have been a further points finish. But most importantly the team's thoughts are with the family of the marshal who was involved in the incident at the beginning of the race."

Pat Symonds:
"I'm very pleased to see Alex score some points this weekend after such a long drought. He drove a good race under difficult circumstances and kept pushing until the end. He thoroughly deserves the result he got. His car performed consistently and this was a just reward for him. Unfortunately Giancarlo experienced a clutch problem on lap 19, which was shortly after the safety car came in. Although he was able to cope with this on the track, it made the car very difficult to restart in the pit stop, which consequently ruined his chances of a certain fourth place. We will of course be investigating this week, what the cause of the problem was."

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Giancarlo Fisichella , Alexander Wurz , Flavio Briatore
Teams Benetton