At a circuit where grid position is everything, qualifying times for the 2002 Monaco Grand Prix came down to a question of traffic today. As track temperatures increased throughout the session, the track got faster, resulting in congestion at the...
At a circuit where grid position is everything, qualifying times for the 2002 Monaco Grand Prix came down to a question of traffic today. As track temperatures increased throughout the session, the track got faster, resulting in congestion at the end as everyone went for their best lap times.
OrangeArrows driver, Heinz-Harald Frentzen, after running in the top ten for much of the session, had to settle for 12th spot after running into traffic on his last run when the track was at its best. Team-mate, Enrique Bernoldi, qualified a creditable 15th.
"Unfortunately on the lap that counted at the end of qualifying I hit traffic so was unable to improve. Monaco is for sure the most exciting race but it is always extremely busy and you have to search for the gaps in the traffic. We had a few bad breaks today. The top ten is very tight but with a little more balance and grip we could have made it up there. Nevertheless I'm looking forward to racing here tomorrow as this is always a great event."
"I think the end result today was okay. Obviously I would like to be higher up the grid but, as I have been playing catch-up since losing time in Free Practice, I think the result is okay. I decided to go out early to get a good run out of the traffic and did manage to make big improvements with each run. I enjoy the race here much more than qualifying so tomorrow should be fun, especially the start which should be pretty exciting."
Mike Coughlan, Technical Director, OrangeArrows
"All in all a little disappointed with the result today. We didn't really get any clear laps as it was bumper-to-bumper out there. We managed to achieve a good balance on the tyres. It would've been good to be the first Bridgestone team behind Ferrari, but Fisichella put in a great lap so well done to him. I think Heinz is a little disappointed as he has been very competitive all weekend. I'm pleased for Enrique as he has improved steadily throughout the weekend and I think he'll fare even better in the race."
Best Time: 1:18.607
Chassis No.: A23-01
T-Car Chassis: A23-02
Best Time: 1:19.412
Chassis No.: A23-03