Monza: Post-race quotes

Dirk MÃœLLER, BMW Team Deutschland 1st in Race 1 and 2nd in Race 2 "I am really happy, I cannot believe it. My perfect weekend started with the practice session on Saturday. We went out and managed to find the braking points. In the first race I...

Dirk MÜLLER, BMW Team Deutschland 1st in Race 1 and 2nd in Race 2

"I am really happy, I cannot believe it. My perfect weekend started with the practice session on Saturday. We went out and managed to find the braking points. In the first race I was able to break away on the second lap and that resulted in a win for me. In the second one I was just aiming to get points but I got a perfect start and jumped one row, I thought `this is going to be a good race.' Then the slipstreaming game started and the gap between me and the cars behind closed. That's when the top racing started."

James THOMPSON, Alfa Romeo Racing Team 7th in Race 1 and 1st in Race 2

"The first race was disappointing. It was one of those occasions when qualifying didn't go our way. Being 9th or 10th on the grid is always difficult but you have to go out with caution and score points for the championship. The second race was fantastic. I was disappointed with the first one but I knew the car was good and I wanted to benefit from the reverse grid for the second. Finishing 7th in the first race was not necessarily a bad thing. I planned to concentrate hard and get a good start which I did. It was very important that I passed Rydell early on and got a bit of a gap but it didn't go quite according to plan as Dirk was behind me for most of the race. I think it was a fantastic show and I'm sure everyone will agree."

Antonio GARCÍA, BMW Team Italy-Spain 5th in Race 1 and 3rd in Race 2

"It was a really tough day for me. In the warm up one of my brake disks broke and I crashed. The team managed to restore the car so I was able to compete in the races. In Race 2 I was trying to get away from James Thompson but I made a mistake at Ascari and dropped 3 places."

Gabriele TARQUINI, Alfa Romeo Racing Team 2nd in Race 1, DNF in Race 2

"In the first race Dirk was too quick for us and we did not manage to keep his pace. The second race looked promising, despite that I did not have a good start. I was moving up, but when I tried to overtake Dirk at Lesmo he pushed me off."

Augusto FARFUS, Alfa Romeo Racing Team 3rd in Race 1 and 9th in Race 2

"In the first race it was difficult to keep close to the BMW cars. In the second race I made a mistake and lost track on the first corner. The championship is long. We have a good car and a good team. I'm sure that like last year it will be decided in the last race of the last round."

Alessandro ZANARDI, BMW Team Italy-Spain 10th in Race 1 and 7th in Race 2

"It's nice to hear my national anthem and to taste the champagne again. But despite nationality or what cars are being driven, my aim is to beat as many drivers as I can. I would like to congratulate the podium drivers because they had a superb battle. From my seat it was like being in a theatre. It is a pity that I didn't have that extra tenth of a second to enhance my performance but am very satisfied that I was able to keep up with the cars in front of me for almost the entire race. With a few improvements and a little luck we could have a day even better than this one. Let's say, I started on the right foot!"

Marc HENNERICI, Wiechers-Sport 13th in Race 1 and 10th in Race 2

"I never expected to take two wins in the Independents' Trophy. The main aim was to come here and take part in this world championship. I'm proud to be here. The car was so good, Wiechers-Sport did a great job."

Rickard RYDELL, SEAT Sport 8th in Race 1, DNF in Race 2

"It was really nice to get my first point of the year in the very first race, but we really couldn't do anything about some of the others on the straights here. In Race 2 Farfus made what was a really bad move. He wasn't even close to overtaking me, but he hit the back of my car and spun me into the barrier. I'm very disappointed"

Hardy SPRANGER, Executive in charge of Chevrolet Europe

"I think that's quite good for a first race. Rob Huff did a tremendous job in the first race, despite the fact that he's the youngest of the team. Of course this weekend has been more about experience gathering than anything else, and despite Rob's off and Alain's gearbox problem I'm very much looking forward to the next race."

Jost CAPITO, head of Ford TeamRS

"The first event of the WTCC proved that this is a fantastic and very competitive championship and it's good for a privateer Ford team to be involved. We knew we would experience a difficult start because of our tight development schedule. But we saw that almost every step we took with the car marked an improvement. We have gained some valuable experience through the course of the weekend, and I'm sure the team will be in much better shape come the next round in Magny-Cours."


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Series WTCC
Drivers James Thompson , Rob Huff