In difficult and very hot conditions, the Orange Arrows team secured 8th and 9th place in the 2001 Monaco Grand Prix. As one of only two teams (the other being Ferrari) to get both cars home, Arrows were pleased with the finishes but also ...
In difficult and very hot conditions, the Orange Arrows team secured 8th and 9th place in the 2001 Monaco Grand Prix. As one of only two teams (the other being Ferrari) to get both cars home, Arrows were pleased with the finishes but also disappointed not to pick up any points.
Jos Verstappen, the quicker of the two drivers, stalled his A22 during his pitstop, something that annoyed the Dutchman immensely. He worked his way up early in the race, gaining several places, only to have them disappear.
"I'm really annoyed that we stalled in the pit- stop," he said. " I was having a great time as I passed about five cars fair and square during the early part of the race, which is very difficult here, and the car was feeling very good. It's a real shame as we should have been on for some points today."
Teammate Enrique Bernoldi spent the first half of his race defending his position against the charging Mclaren of David Coulthard. The Brazilian managed to keep the Scot behind until giving the position away when he came in for his first and only pit stop.
"My start was okay with just a little pushing and shoving," he explained. My teammate got past me in the early stages and after that I settled into the race. I have to say it was pretty hard goin,g as I had to be careful that when I let the leaders thorough I didn't also let through the people I was racing with. I'm pleased I finished my first F1 Grand Prix in Monaco but am a little disappointed there were no points in it for me."
"We threw away points today when a fuel pressure problem caused Jos to stall in his pit-stop," added Mike Coughlan, Technical Director. "He drove a solid race with some great overtaking manoeuvres and Enrique did well to cope with the pressure of having Coulthard behind him for nearly half of the race without making a mistake. We're disappointed that we have got two cars home at one of the toughest races of the year but not be rewarded with points."