Both Panasonic Toyota Racing drivers were denied a potential points finish in today's Italian Grand Prix, Mika Salo bringing his TF102 home in 11th place. The Finn made his only scheduled stop from 4th place, but on exiting the pits, he crossed...
Both Panasonic Toyota Racing drivers were denied a potential points finish in today's Italian Grand Prix, Mika Salo bringing his TF102 home in 11th place. The Finn made his only scheduled stop from 4th place, but on exiting the pits, he crossed the white line and was handed a drive-through penalty. After a stunning start, Allan McNish was forced to retire from 6th position on lap thirteen of the 53-lap race with a suspension problem
"That was pretty much a disastrous race. I struggled with oversteer because my first set of tyres were blistered really badly. My only scheduled pit stop went well, but I was concentrating in my rear-view mirrors when I left the pits and crossed the white line, so I was given a drive-through penalty. That ruined the race for me, putting me back in 11th place. Without that penalty I would have scored points today. I'm not happy."
"It looks like we had a failure in the front suspension. I felt it first near the start of the race and the car became inconsistent particularly under braking at Ascari. Unfortunately it just got worse and we were not able to cure it, putting me out of the race. I made a great start and was up to 6th after 10 laps. It is a big disappointment to retire from a points scoring position. We had a real chance today."
Ove Andersson - President
"Overall a frustrating end to a strong weekend for us. I firmly believe we could have had two cars in the points today. Allan made a spectacular start and retired from 6th place with a suspension problem. Mika suffered early on from blistered tyres, and then crossed the white line exiting the pit lane trying to push for position after his stop. Without the subsequent drive-through penalty he would have finished in the points. I do not know how we will fare at the US GP in two weeks' time. We haven't been there before and have no track data, so we'll have to wait and see."
Mika Salo - Car No. 24
52/53 laps completed
Allan McNish - Car No. 25
13/53 laps completed