Malaysian GP: BAR Saturday notes

BAR Saturday Qualifying Jacques Villeneuve "I had a good qualifying lap but I was 13th today because we're not fast enough. We still have some work to do to give us the best chance tomorrow. It's a tough physical race but I've done all the ...

BAR Saturday Qualifying

Jacques Villeneuve

"I had a good qualifying lap but I was 13th today because we're not fast enough. We still have some work to do to give us the best chance tomorrow. It's a tough physical race but I've done all the training and I feel prepared. We still have a chance of finishing in the points."

Olivier Panis

"Today is definitely a day to forget. The morning session was complicated by a repetition of the electronic problems we encountered yesterday, then 10 minutes before the Qualifying session we found a gearbox oil leak. At first, we decided to move straight to the T-car, but the team continued to work on my car and thought they had fixed the problem. I took the race car but unfortunately, after 1 lap, I lost gearbox oil pressure and then had to switch to the T-car 12 minutes before the end of the session. The mechanics made a tremendous effort to prepare the car, but in the end, I had to drive a car that was not set up for me. We have a great deal of work to do and a lot of things to change in the future. Regarding the race, I will have to wait and see what happens in warm-up before I can make any predictions."

David Richards, Team Principal

"Jacques did a very good job and extracted the maximum he could from the car, but we have to accept that this is where we are today. On the other hand, Olivier had a very frustrating session which resulted in him setting his time in the T-car, which was set up for Jacques. We must now focus on making the cars as reliable as possible for tomorrow, and in no small measure, we depend on the fitness of both our drivers in what will be a very hot and demanding race."

Malcolm Oastler, Engineering Director

"Qualifying was very difficult today. We discovered a gearbox oil leak on Olivier's car just prior to the session, and whilst addressing that, we made some precautionary checks with Jacques' car which delayed his first run. Jacques ran well but Olivier's problem resurfaced and we had to switch him to the T-car. The car was set up for Jacques so it was a race against time to change the settings. Olivier did the best job he could with a compromised set-up."

Driver, Chassis


Jacques Villeneuve BAR004/03
Position: 13th
Best time: 1:38.039 (11 laps)


Olivier Panis BAR004/04
Position: 18th
Best time: 1:38.390 (7 laps)


T-Car BAR004/01

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Olivier Panis , Jacques Villeneuve , David Richards