Fernando Alonso finished the Spanish Grand Prix in second place; Jarno Trulli went out due to an accident. Fernando Alonso: "This is the best day of my life and I feel I am dreaming. It's difficult to describe what I felt on that final lap...
Fernando Alonso finished the Spanish Grand Prix in second place; Jarno Trulli went out due to an accident.
"This is the best day of my life and I feel I am dreaming. It's difficult to describe what I felt on that final lap with all the flags and the crowds cheering for me. I had a good start and I could count on a very good strategy and excellent pit stops. It's fantastic to have scored points at all the races so far and I hope to continue so. I am sorry for Jarno, who - I am sure - would have brought home some points as well."
"I had a good start and I was making my way smoothly, keeping on my line when, at the second corner, I saw Coulthard's car cutting right through from the outside. He hit me and I was out. A real shame because I know this could have been an excellent race for me."
Flavio Briatore, Managing Director:
"It's a victory for the whole team. Fernando did an excellent job. I think our strategy was perfect. It's a shame that Jarno was pushed out by Coulthard, because he was very competitive all weekend and we would have had a strong race. A great perfomance overall for Renault here in Spain."
Mike Gascoyne, Technical Director:
"Firstly, it's a great pity for Jarno, since I'm sure he would have had a fantastic race as well. We were very optimistic from the very beginning and confident in our potential. As for Fernando, I don't need to add anything. He had a faultless performance: our strategy was very good - but not good enough to catch Michael. A big thank you to the whole team, from Viry and from Enstone for the excellent job. Well done!"
Denis Chevrier, Engine Operations Manager:
"It's a satisfaction to see our car fighting through the race against Schumacher's car. Fernando managed to finish in between the two Ferraris: it was one of our objectives and we did it! At the same time, we are sad for Jarno who certainly today could have joined Fernando on the podium."
Jarno Trulli: R23-03
Fernando Alonso: R23-04