Jean Alesi 18th "I went out at the start of the session to establish an early 'security' lap time, not knowing how the track would change. Unfortunately, I would never have guessed then that I would not be able to go out again at a good time....
"I went out at the start of the session to establish an early 'security' lap time, not knowing how the track would change. Unfortunately, I would never have guessed then that I would not be able to go out again at a good time. The track improved and it became cooler at the end of the session when we certainly would have been able to improve the time. I was delayed in the pits by a hydraulics problem, which ended my hopes. Now we have to do our best to prepare for the race and set the car up as well as we can in the way in which the free session showed us."
"I am obviously very frustrated by this session and all the more as this morning's practice was quite good. We have been able to find a better set-up and it went as planned during the free practice. In qualifying, after two outings I had an engine problem, and I just had time to come back to the pits. The team started to prepare the t-car, which was set up for Jean, but we were not able to change everything. Unfortunately, Jean had also a problem, but there were only five minutes left, and we decided I would keep the T-car for a last outing. In these conditions, I have been unable to improve my time."
"Evidently we deserved better positions than those we have on the grid. We had reliability problems at the worst possible moment, with Nick's engine and with the hydraulics for Jean. It was difficult to extricate ourselves from the group of 12 cars all of which have qualified within a second. Furthermore, we have not used more than one set of tyres in good conditions. In the circumstances, it was impossible to do better. The only thing to do is to work for constant reliability and to hope to gain some places in qualifying."