Nick Heidfeld finished 14th in today's Italian Grand Prix while team mate Giorgio Pantano had the misfortune of spinning off at Parabolica after his second stop. Rubens Barrichello delivered an admirable drive to recover from problems at the...
Nick Heidfeld finished 14th in today's Italian Grand Prix while team mate Giorgio Pantano had the misfortune of spinning off at Parabolica after his second stop. Rubens Barrichello delivered an admirable drive to recover from problems at the start of the race and take his first victory of the season, leading champion Michael Schumacher across the line.
"I am relatively happy with what we achieved, as I think we managed to get the maximum from our resources. Early on I had problems overtaking the Minardi because he seemed to have better top speed than me but once I got past, my pace was good. Then Felipe tried to overtake me and ran into the back of my car which did a little damage but thankfully it had no big influence on the balance."
"We converted to a one-stop strategy which worked out, although it wasn't easy with a heavy fuel load and having to really look after the tyres. While I would always be happier with a better position, I think we did everything we possibly could have so I'm satisfied with our efforts."
"I don't know exactly what happened but at Parabolica very soon after my second pit stop, I think perhaps I found some water or something on the track and the car just suddenly spun. I saw Nick running wide there as well, just ahead of me. Once I had spun there was nothing I could do and it was quite a big crash. I'm really disappointed and it's a shame to retire from my home Grand Prix like this."
"It was an exciting race which is good for the sport's fans. Well done Rubens for winning his first race this season and to Michael on having secured his seventh drivers' championship at the last race. Looking at Ferrari's strategy here and the problems they encountered at the beginning, at lap five you wouldn't have thought they would finish in the top three. But they showed their brilliance yet again and went on to take a 1-2 victory - both drivers and the whole Ferrari team have all Jordan's congratulations."
"As for us, we put a huge effort into this weekend, for very little return and in very difficult circumstances so I want to thank everyone in the team for their commitment and hard work. We've no points to show for it but that has no reflection on the ability and dedication that everyone contributes."
James Robinson, Head of race and test engineering:
"Congratulations to Rubens for his fantastic recovery and drive to a memorable win. At Jordan we have a busy week to focus on with Timo testing at Silverstone on 14 September and the team preparing and packing up our cars and equipment for the inaugural Chinese Grand Prix, which we are very excited about."
Nick Heidfeld: 14th
Giorgio Pantano: DNF (accident, lap 34)