CHAMPCAR/CART: Montreal: Top three finishers press conference, part 2

Continued from part 1 Q: Talk a little bit, if you could, describe the two incidents with Timo and actually what you saw from your perspective, what actually happened there. ORIOL SERVIA: I mean, the first time I thought for sure I had ...

Continued from part 1

Q: Talk a little bit, if you could, describe the two incidents with Timo and actually what you saw from your perspective, what actually happened there.

ORIOL SERVIA: I mean, the first time I thought for sure I had him covered. And when I saw that he overshot the chicane, I made sure I was doing the chicane. I don't know if you saw the Formula One race in Monaco, a little bit the same rule. If both guys overshot the chicane, nothing happens. If you make the chicane and the other guy doesn't, the other obviously shortcutted, took advantage.

The first one I thought for sure they were going to penalize him. I was really pissed off they didn't. Hey, it's true, it's the rules. You only have so many shots of 'push to pass'. If we know you're going to have a freebie, shit, you know, I'm going to use it, too. Honestly, I was pissed off nothing happened.

So in the second one, I thought nothing was happening. I was really, really on fire in the car. I was like, I don't care, I'm going to crash, I'm going to crash him, I'm going to crash everybody, but I'm going to win (laughter).

I'm glad the officials did the right thing, I believe. If not, I can tell you that last lap in the hairpin was going to be ugly. I'm sure Justin was waiting for that.

JUSTIN WILSON: I just kept hanging back and waiting for it.

Q: Oriol, when did you find out, know that he was going to be penalized?

ORIOL SERVIA: Just that same lap. They told me. You know, actually they told me something like, "You have to go by Glock," which to me is not a very clear message. Honestly, I was like -- first I thought, yes, they are telling me he's penalized. Then I thought, "Is he telling me they are not going to penalize him and I really have to pass him again?" Honestly, just in a couple of corners, all those thoughts come to your brain. "Okay, forget it. If he doesn't let me by, I'm just going to try it."

But sometimes, you know, radio communication, although was quite clear today, you could understand, but the message is...

Q: Oriol, have you had a chance to talk to Bruno?

ORIOL SERVIA: Yes, actually I spoke on the phone with him because he's already on the airport, on his way to Miami. He was extremely happy. He won this race last year. He's been happy all the year that I took his seat. And he's been really supportive with me and the team. I'm really happy, really happy, you know, at least I'm giving the team and PacifiCare people the same wins that, you know, he was doing before. I'm just happy.

Q: Oriol, it seemed you were challenging Timo quite hard, then you had to hang back because you were occupied with Justin making a pass, occupying your focus. Can both of you go through that sequence?

ORIOL SERVIA: I don't know. It seems like every time you go a little bit of line, you kind of lose, I would say, a 10th or two in the next two corners, takes a little bit to clean the tires. I think I abused the tires a little bit the last laps. So, yeah, I had a couple of corners Timo would go, then I would catch him back. I wasn't really playing any strategy. I was just trying to go as fast as I could.

When you are in traffic, behind people, it's really hard to keep close all the time like we were on those last laps. I think it was good for the fans because actually we were all close together. I can tell you, that's not easy.

Q: Watching what was going on in front of you, were you laying back waiting to attack?

JUSTIN WILSON: Typically when you have three or four cars in that situation, the hardest job is the guy in second or the guy in second and third because they've got to attack and they've also got to be -- if the attack goes wrong, they're going to get attacked. You're trying to play a situation, make sure that you've got a good run, and when you make a move, you can pull it off, or at least you're going to hold station and not lose ground.

It's the game we're all playing out there, trying to judge the risk, whether you go for it or whether you're going to hang back and choose a better moment.

Q: Timo, you made your first pit stop quite early. What was going on there?

TIMO GLOCK: I mean, we started from 11th, and we had to find a way to go out of sequence. I had to push really hard at the beginning. Used a lot of fuel. So we decided to pit pretty early to go out of sequence. That was the reason.

I mean, I never had the chance to save fuel because we had a problem with the left rear tire. I think I lost nearly three seconds. I overtook in the first stint Nelson and Jimmy Vasser, and both were in front of me again after the first pit stop. I had to push the whole race pretty hard. The reason why we went out of sequence was only because we started 11th and had to find a way to come to the front, to the top guys in the front.

Q: Has anyone discussed what would have happened if after Timo had been instructed to fall behind Oriol, Justin had passed Oriol in the meantime, what would have happened?

JUSTIN WILSON: You're asking the wrong people, I think.

TIMO GLOCK: It would be good for me, I think.

ORIOL SERVIA: I don't know. I was going to try anything in the last hairpin, honestly. It sounded stupid, it probably was, but at that point. Especially, I didn't see Paul in the mirror, so I thought actually he had gone off. I didn't really know what had happened to him. I know my fight was little bit with Justin on the points, but was feeling kind of comfortable that Paul was not around.

You know, I was willing to take more chances.

Q: Timo, because you were out of sequence, your last pit stop I think was 56, other people were going to pit around 59. How close were you on fuel in that last stint?

TIMO GLOCK: I mean, it was enough to do a couple of donuts. But I came in the pits, and it was less than a gallon, I think. It was really close. I had to save a lot of fuel in the last two full-course yellow because I knew I had to attack pretty hard against Oriol and against Justin. I mean, I saved so much fuel, and it was enough for the end. I mean, Rob said -- he won two championships with Alex Zanardi. He knows exactly how much fuel he has to put in the car. He did a really good job and the whole team did a really good job, and in the end it was enough to come back in the pits.

Q: Oriol, you've talked to Bruno and your team. Do you know if and when he's coming back? What happens when he comes back

ORIOL SERVIA: Well, I heard he's been cleared to race in Mexico so far. That's all we know. It would be a real shame if I'm second in the points, fighting for first, and they don't let me finish. But, hey, I would have never got a chance to do that if they wouldn't put me in the first place. I'm all for whatever the team decides.

But if we are all in a good position, I would think that it's probably the best team prepared to run three cars.

Q: Oriol, now that you've been with Newman/Haas all season, at this race is the car more suited to your style of driving or are you having to adjust your style to the setup that Newman/Haas comes up with?

ORIOL SERVIA: Obviously, they won here last year. They were dominating here last year with Sebastien. They come here with last year's setup, which is a setup that has been a little bit evolved around the way Sebastien likes it and Sebastien drives. You know, so, basically I have to adapt a little bit to that. I think they've won a little more races than I've won.

But, no, every race we are adapting it a little bit to my style. I think it's been shown the last few races that I'm a lot closer to him. Not Denver, we don't really know what happened there. I mean, we know in the race, but...

But in San Jose and Edmonton, I was really, really close to him. Especially here on Friday. You know, we start basically on the Newman/Haas base setup but with a couple fine tunings that I believe are good.

It's just natural, you know. I think each team always start with a similar setup for both drivers. And then, you know, within a little bit, you just, you know, a couple turns front wing here, camber, little touches to suit each driver.

Q: Justin, before you got here, Timo admitted the second time he went through the chicane, he knew that you were going to pass him if he had to go all the way around. Do you feel the official's penalty was strong enough? Obviously, you might have had a good shot at passing him.

JUSTIN WILSON: It's hard for me to say. If there was a wall there, the outcome would be quite different. You know, you get what you're given. I'm just pleased that we did the best job we could today. We ran strong with Sebastien, managed to pass him towards the end of the race. We've been quick all race. I'm just pleased with the performance we've done.

Q: Timo, what do you think is the single most important factor in your win today?

MERRILL CAIN: He was second, but we understand what you're saying.

TIMO GLOCK: I mean, we have every type of problem with the car in the qualifying definitely. I mean, I don't know why. The car is unbelievable in the race. It showed San Jose, it showed us in Denver when we run third in the race, couldn't finish because the gearbox broke. Today, the important thing was to go out of sequence to have clear laps the whole race. I think that was really important for us.

The good thing was at the end, we changed a little bit the tire pressure. The car was unbelievably good in the last two stints and really consistent. That was the key I think for us to finish really first and now second.

Q: The strategy?

TIMO GLOCK: The strategy. I have to save a little bit more the next time, a little bit more 'push to pass' time for Oriol. But things happen like this.

Q: Timo, how much did your F1 experience play into keeping Oriol behind you today on this track?

TIMO GLOCK: I mean, the biggest experience for me, what I had last year in Formula One, was that I can go out. I went the first time out on Friday and said to David, to my engineer, "It's pretty nice to go out a track and know exactly where you have to go." Every track is new for me, except for Portland, because we had a test in Portland. But it was a help for me and we could go a little bit a different strategy on Friday and Saturday because we have to go out pretty early normally on Friday sessions. That destroys our tires pretty hard and makes difficult to find the right way over the weekend. I think it was a little bit an advantage.

But Formula One and Champ Cars are so difficult. I think the fire at the end, that didn't help me with experience in F1 here.

Q: Oriol and Justin, everybody's focusing on the last chicane in the closing parts of the race. Obviously, in the first half of the race, Justin, you were able to pass Oriol. Could you take us through that. Didn't look like anybody had to shortcut that one.

ORIOL SERVIA: Yeah, I was a little bit frustrated the first half of the race because I was not able to save fuel. I was actually saving same as them, but I was not able to go as quick as Sebastien or very close. I mean, I think the three of us were actually running very close. You know, so when you are that pace, it's kind of like a gentleman agreement, you're all just saving fuel.

But then my friend Wilson decided to use the 'push to pass' and make an attack there. You know, when I saw him coming, was too late. I pushed my 'push to pass', but he had already run on me. I tried to brake late to see if was going to blow the chicane. But he did a good job. He actually touched me. He had no reason for that, but his right rear touched my right front when he just went like this. I think he changed a little bit my tow, which wasn't bad.

TIMO GLOCK: There was no reason he touch me in the full-course yellow (laughter).

ORIOL SERVIA: Apart from that, actually in the later stages of the race, I got him back. You know, we both I think brake optimistic. I blew it. But he blew it, too. Both took shortcuts. I think in that case position stays where you exit.

MERRILL CAIN: Drivers, thank you very much. Very entertaining race. Congratulations. 11th round of the Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford comes your way September 24th in Las Vegas, Nevada.


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Series IndyCar
Drivers Jimmy Vasser , Alex Zanardi