Everyone knew it was going to be a tough race here at Barcelona today following yesterday's qualifying sessions where Antonio Pizzonia finished ninth and Ricardo Sperafico tenth. After the start of the race were both drivers lost positions...
Everyone knew it was going to be a tough race here at Barcelona today following yesterday's qualifying sessions where Antonio Pizzonia finished ninth and Ricardo Sperafico tenth. After the start of the race were both drivers lost positions Antonio and Ricardo could do no more than to stay in the line of cars and hope to gain some places. Antonio got back up to ninth and Ricardo tenth on lap 29 and then on the final lap Ricardo passed Antonio into ninth position. Unfortunately with neither driver picking up points today, the team drops to sixth place in the Teams Championship and Antonio drops to seventh in the Drivers Championship. Giorgio Pantano won the race ahead of Tomas Enge and Sebastien Bourdais.
Antonio Pizzonia P10
"I am very disappointed with the result but starting from ninth place on the grid was always going to be difficult as it is very difficult to overtake here. As soon as you get close to the car in front, you have to drive at their speed."
Ricardo Sperafico P9
"Another race to experience the car. At the beginning the car was not good enough to keep pace so I just tried to keep the gap. At the end the car was still not good but I had saved the tyres from the start of the race and I improved a little bit, but it wasn't enough to get into the points and now it is starting to look difficult for me to win the title.
Team Manager - Paul Jackson
"Starting from our grid positions, this was always going to be a tough race and both Antonio and Ricardo were stuck in a queue of cars on a track where it is notoriously difficult to overtake and which is very hard on tyres, so I think it is difficult to judge the true pace that we may have been able to achieve had we started higher up the grid. Needless to say neither the team or the drivers are happy in these positions so we must work together to make improvements."