Malaysian GP Saturday Benetton notes

Alexander Wurz: "I'm very happy with 5th place. To qualify right behind the McLarens and Ferraris is really pole position for me! I'm very happy that I achieved this in my last Qualifying session with the team and I hope this helps to put pay to...

Alexander Wurz:
"I'm very happy with 5th place. To qualify right behind the McLarens and Ferraris is really pole position for me! I'm very happy that I achieved this in my last Qualifying session with the team and I hope this helps to put pay to rumours that have followed me this year. I want to thank the people who work with me and who have supported me for the last three years in the team."

Giancarlo Fisichella:
"There certainly was good potential for the car as Alex was really quick and I'm happy for him today. I'm disappointed because I hoped to be in the top eight. We obviously weren't as well prepared as we should have been, due to my problem this morning. This is a pity because I was quick yesterday."

Flavio Briatore:
"I'm very happy with Alex's performance today. In the last part of the season he has done a very good job and today he has exceeded expectations and has put us in a very strong position for the race tomorrow. I'm quite disappointed with Giancarlo's qualifying position. We don't understand what happened to his car as it was quick yesterday, so we need to look into this now."

Pat Symonds:
"A great result for Alex, particularly as it is his last race with us. He has applied himself well all weekend and the result shows. I think now we can say we have sufficiently trained him to hand him over to McLaren. Giancarlo had a difficult day which wasn't helped by a gearbox failure this morning which lost him track time. It meant that he didn't have tyres in the condition we would have liked for Qualifying, but nevertheless he put in a lot of effort and made a good recovery on his last run. So he is in a position from which he can assist us in the fight to retain our fourth place in the championship."

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