Japanese GP Prost race notes

Heinz-Harald Frentzen -- 12th (Prost Acer AP04 - 06 Spare car / mulet : AP04 -- 01) "I started the race with a huge handicap since I had an early contact with Pedro De la Rosa which broke my front wing. Broken pieces were stuck underneath my car...

Heinz-Harald Frentzen -- 12th (Prost Acer AP04 - 06
Spare car / mulet : AP04 -- 01)

"I started the race with a huge handicap since I had an early contact with Pedro De la Rosa which broke my front wing. Broken pieces were stuck underneath my car and I had to drive at the speed of a bicycle to the pits where the team changed my car's nose. The car was really fine after that and I attacked each lap very hard trying to catch the time lost back. I had an exciting race actually, with several good overtakings. I must say this was one of the toughest race of my career : each lap was like a qualifying lap and it was very demanding to race at that speed. But I really enjoyed it. I want to thank all the team for giving me such a reliable car and for the very good job done since we started working together."

Tomas Enge -- retired lap 42(Prost Acer AP04 -- 03)

"Unfortunately everything went wrong for me in this race. I was a bit disturbed that Verstappen overtook in the formation lap and did not know whether I should overtake him back. We decided that I would start from behind him. My start did not go really well, and I have been held up in the traffic for a while, especially by Verstappen until he got his penalty on lap 17. After my first pit-stop things went better, I pushed hard and improved my times lap by lap. Unfortunately, I made a mistake when I looked at Minardi's pitboard and thought the team was calling me in. They were obviously not ready when I went into the pits and I came back again the following lap. This cost us a lot of time of course, but anyway, soon after I experienced a brake problem. I did another stop so that the team could check the problem and went back on the track, but I came back to the garage immediately. It would not have been safe to continue. This is not an ideal end to the season but I want to thank the team warmly for giving me the opportunity to drive in the three last races. This was the hardest and most exciting school of my life. Now I hope I can build up on this to be on the starting grid next season."

Joan Villadelprat -- Managing Director :

"Apart from the unfortunate difficulties we encountered in today's race, we have proved that our car was very competitive. It is a shame that Heinz-Harald had to pit soon after the start, because he drove a fantastic race, posting 7th fastest time and achieving very high speeds. We are very thankful for the excellent work he has done for us. I am sorry that Tomas could not see the chequered flag especially after the determination he has shown throughout this weekend, but the safe decision was to bring him in because of his brake problem. We are really glad that the year is over now, as it has been a very difficult season for everybody in the team. Everyone has done a very good job, especially all the people back in the factory and I would like to thank them for the efforts they have put in constantly. Needless to say, we are now looking forward to next season."

-Prost-

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Heinz-Harald Frentzen , Tomas Enge
Teams Minardi