Sao Paulo, Sunday 11th April, 1999 STEWART-FORD NOTES & QUOTES Brazilian Grand Prix: Race (72 laps) * Rubens Barrichello retired from his home Grand Prix with an engine failure after leading the race for 25 laps. He was holding down...
Sao Paulo, Sunday 11th April, 1999
STEWART-FORD NOTES & QUOTES Brazilian Grand Prix: Race (72 laps)
* Rubens Barrichello retired from his home Grand Prix with an engine failure after leading the race for 25 laps. He was holding down third place at the time of his retirement.
* Johnny Herbert retired with hydraulic failure after 15 laps while running in seventh place
* The Stewart-Ford team's performance throughout the weekend has been very encouraging illustrated in particular by Rubens qualifying in third.
RUBENS BARRICHELLO Car No.16 (SF3-04) Retired Engine Failure 44 Laps 'Leading the race took me back to my Formula Three days. I made a good start and I was running at a good pace up until the first stop. I lost a bit of consistency with the second set of tyres and I was probably not running well enough to win but good enough to be on the podium. I think we showed that we can race up the front today. I could sense the crowd getting behind me, so its sad for them and for the whole team that we didn't get to the finish.'
JOHNNY HERBERT Car No.17 (SF3-03) Retired Hydraulic failure 15 laps 'There was a bit of confusion at the start because Coulthard stalled on the grid and I picked the wrong line. I was running well and gained a few places when Hill and Wurz touched. I was up to seventh when I lost all hydraulic pressure and that was the end of the Brazilian Grand Prix for me.'
PAUL STEWART, SGP Deputy Chairman 'We've proved a lot this weekend not the least of which is leading a Grand Prix for the first time. We were slightly concerned about reliability heading into this race and it proved our undoing in the end. Nonetheless we come away from the weekend knowing that the car is on the pace. Its always easier to find reliability than speed, so we can take heart from our performance. Rubens drove brilliantly and Johnny had every chance of being in the points if things had worked out for us.'
MARTIN WHITAKER, Director, Ford Racing, Europe 'Despite the disappointment of the engine failure for Rubens and the hydraulic failure for Johnny the whole team should leave Brazil with a real sense of accomplishment. Throughout practice we demonstrated that the performance seen in Melbourne was no fluke and now the Stewart-Ford team has passed another significant milestone - that of leading a Grand Prix on merit. The evidence of this weekend shows that podium finishes and perhaps even a win are within reach this year.'