Italian GP Benetton Saturday notes

The Mild Seven Benetton Renault Sport team had a mixed qualifying session at Monza ahead of the Italian Grand Prix. Jenson Button will line up 11th on the grid after setting a best lap time of 1m23.892s, while Giancarlo Fisichella had a more ...

The Mild Seven Benetton Renault Sport team had a mixed qualifying session at Monza ahead of the Italian Grand Prix.

Jenson Button will line up 11th on the grid after setting a best lap time of 1m23.892s, while Giancarlo Fisichella had a more difficult session after his car stopped out on the track after four laps and he had to run back and take the T-car. He will start the race from 14th place on the grid after setting a lap of 1m24.090s.

Jenson was clearly delighted with his performance, saying afterwards:

"It's excellent being 11th and it's a good result - my best this year! I think it could have gone even a little better. Everyone did a great job and the car worked really well.

"We've got a good set-up and I did not really change anything in qualifying because we didn't need to," he added.

Giancarlo was disappointed with his afternoon, especially as this is his home event.

"It is a very unlucky day for me and I am disappointed, because the car had a very good balance, but I made a mistake on my first run," he said afterwards.

"Then I had a hydraulics failure in my race car so I had to stop. We changed to the T-car, but unfortunately, I had a problem with the engine so we could not complete all of our scheduled laps.

"The T-car was different, with a lower step engine, and I did not feel as confident as I wanted to feel," he added.

The team's Technical Director Mike Gascoyne gave an overview of the team's busy afternoon, saying:

" Jenson did a good job, but had a problem with oversteer on the exits of some of the corners that we were unable to cure for him. I am sure that we could have got some more time out of the car had we been able to cure that.

"Giancarlo had only one real run, but made a mistake in the first sector and then, as the track improved he had a hydraulic problem and then an engine problem in the T-car which, although we fixed it, meant he was not able to improve his time.

"Both drivers did an excellent job today and, if the team had handled it better, I am sure we could have got both cars in the top ten because the car was quick enough. As at Hockenheim, we proved we can race well and we are confident for tomorrow when we will have to get the most out of our package."

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Giancarlo Fisichella , Jenson Button , Mike Gascoyne
Teams Benetton