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2001 Japanese Grand Prix, Suzuka 12-14 October 2001 Driver Chassis Jacques Villeneuve 003/08 Olivier Panis 003/04 T-Car 003/05 Jacques Villeneuve Position: 10th "That was a fun race. We managed to fight hard and actually be more ...

2001 Japanese Grand Prix, Suzuka
12-14 October 2001

Driver Chassis
Jacques Villeneuve 003/08
Olivier Panis 003/04
T-Car 003/05

Jacques Villeneuve Position: 10th

"That was a fun race. We managed to fight hard and actually be more competitive than the guys who qualified in front of us -- the Jordans and the Saubers. They were a lot quicker than us in qualifying but today showed us what this team can do. It's great that we finished up 5th in the Championship and everyone is ready to race hard next year when I'm sure we'll have a better car."

Olivier Panis Position: 13th

"The weekend has been quite tough for me but we all have to think about next year now. I'm really happy for everybody that we finished 5th in the Championship. We need that result to give us the motivation to really fight next year. I'm sure the team will work hard to give us a good car. I'm looking forward to a break now then coming back for a positive second season with Lucky Strike B.A.R Honda. I hope we can get some great results together."

Malcolm Oastler, Technical Director

"We had a good race today and it's great that we secured 5th place in the Championship. We managed to race competitively with the Jordan, which we weren't able to do in qualifying. A lot of the credit for that has to go to the drivers but generally the team have worked very hard to get us where we needed to be at the end of today's race. We immediately switch focus now to next year's car and today's performance has made us all the more optimistic that we will come back fighting in 2002."

Craig Pollock, Team Principal and Managing Director

"The team worked incredibly hard all weekend and have been fantastic. They certainly made up for our performance at the last race. Both drivers did a great job and we saw Jacques drive like a Champion to get us the result we needed. I'm delighted that we held on to 5th place in the Constructors' Championship. Today really showed the true quality of this team. It has been a very tough season and everyone has survived it brilliantly. The team deserves a good break now then all our thoughts will turn to giving us the car we deserve for next year."

-BAR-

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Olivier Panis , Jacques Villeneuve
Teams Sauber , Jordan