Jean Alesi: "Pedro de la Rosa tried to overtake me in a place where nobody has ever succeeded in passing before. I didn't understand what was happening, I felt a big shock on the side of my car and I found myself in the gravel, which finished my...
"Pedro de la Rosa tried to overtake me in a place where nobody has ever succeeded in passing before. I didn't understand what was happening, I felt a big shock on the side of my car and I found myself in the gravel, which finished my race on the first lap."
"To start with the positive aspect, it is good having finished the race again as the team has given a lot of effort and worked incredibly hard. It is important for us, although we had problems. Indeed, during the race I touched another car with the side-pod, but luckily did not go off. Moreover, on lap 43, my engine cut off, I went off on the grass, then it started again, but cut out regularly until the end. It was a fuel pump problem and my fuel consumption was too high, which is why I came in for one more pit-stop, and this problem slowed me down until the end of the race by two or three seconds each lap."
"We are very unhappy with this weekend for various reasons. Again, we had too many problems to be able to hope for an improved performance but, that said, the frustration which we feel will not stop us from working very hard and continuing to work in the right direction."
Corrado Provera (Peugeot Sport):
"After Jean Alesi's early retirement from the race due to a collision, Nick Heidfeld, handicapped from the 43rd lap by a fuel pump problem finished the race in 16th place. This very demanding track, in relation to the balance of the car, confirmed our present limitations. We must continue to work in every way and in that area which concerns us we must make progress with the driveability of the engine."