Japanese GP Benetton race notes

Giancarlo Fisichella: "My start of the race was bad as the anti stall came on, I managed to start anyway, but I don't understand what caused the problem. Then it was a hard race and almost impossible to overtake. The team changed the ...

Giancarlo Fisichella:
"My start of the race was bad as the anti stall came on, I managed to start anyway, but I don't understand what caused the problem. Then it was a hard race and almost impossible to overtake. The team changed the strategy during the race to only one stop, but it didn't help to improve our competitiveness."

Alexander Wurz:
"The start was not so great and I lost two positions. Then I found the race rhythm and I was quick, just held up behind De La Rosa. Then in my pit-stop the team told me they had changed to one- stop strategy and when I came out of the pits my car was almost impossible to drive, it was extremely heavy with a lot of understeer. Then I made a driving mistake and spun in the chicane and the anti-stall didn't work."

Flavio Briatore:
"It was important for us to maintain our fourth position in the Championship here. Luckily we managed this but we need to work hard now to retain it in Malaysia."

Pat Symonds:
"Obviously our aim today was to maintain our championship position and our only consideration therefore was our rivals. After the starts went badly we felt that if we maintained our strategy there was no opportunity to achieve our aim. It was time to take a risk and the risk we decided on was to convert to a one-stop strategy. In the end this was not enough to make us competitive."

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