Fabrizio GIOVANARDI, Alfa Romeo Racing Team 1st in Race 1 and 3rd in Race 2 "It was difficult at the beginning of the championship but now things are really improving. I have a good feeling for the car. The first race was fantastic and ...
Fabrizio GIOVANARDI, Alfa Romeo Racing Team 1st in Race 1 and 3rd in Race 2
"It was difficult at the beginning of the championship but now things are really improving. I have a good feeling for the car. The first race was fantastic and I'm incredibly pleased to have collected ten points. In the second race it was tough at the end as the tyre performance was decreasing. I tried to defend as Colciago made a move but couldn't and he gained the place."
Peter TERTING, SEAT Sport 7th in Race 1 and 1st in Race 2
"It's an unbelievable feeling to be the winner of a race. We have been fast all weekend and the second race was perfect for me. It was a disadvantage that I was dropped 10 positions for the first race but the reverse grid put me in a good position for the second. I had a good start but García did not let me get away. In the final stages I lost grip on the front tyres which made it hard and if the race had been a few laps longer I don't know if I could have held on. I like Mexico!"
Gabriele TARQUINI, Alfa Romeo Racing Team 2nd in Race 1 and DNF in Race 2 It was a good first race for me. I was lucky to overtake Gené, then my team-mate James (Thompson) made a mistake and Roberto (Colciago) retired so I finished second which was a good 1-2 result for Alfa Romeo. I had a bad start in the second race and then after the contact with Zanardi, my rear suspension was broken and I finished in the wall."
Antonio GARCÍA, BMW Team Italy-Spain 5th in Race 1 and 2nd in Race 2 I didn't know if it was going to be possible for me to overtake Peter (Terting) in the second race but I did not give up. I had a good start which was vital for me but Peter was simply quicker. I would catch him at the corners but then on the straight he would pull away again. The team has worked hard and I tried my best so I am happy with 2nd place."
Rickard RYDELL, SEAT Sport 3rd in Race 1 and 6th in Race 2 First let me say congratulations to SEAT Sport and Peter (Terting) for an incredibly successful weekend. We deserved a podium because we were consistently quick so a race win is superb. As for me, I am very happy to have finished third in Race 1, we have done a lot of testing and it has brought us some impressive results and means we have gained valuable points this weekend."
Roberto COLCIAGO, JAS Motorsport DNF in Race 1 and 18th in Race 2 The first race was obviously a disappointment because I was pushing hard and making progress and then I had a gearbox failure and had to stop. In the second race everything was back working well and so it was my aim to make it on the podium. I have done so which is great."
Tom CORONEL, GR Asia - 8th in Race 1 and 5th in Race 2 The SEAT was very good here and I am happy with the performance today. It has good grip and took the corners well. I finished eighth in Race 1 because people made mistakes and I gained places. Race 2 was tough but 6th place is a great achievement for me. I like Mexico because it has the biggest trophies I have ever received."
Carlos MASTRETTA, GR Asia - 15th in Race 1 and 17th in Race 2 I was happy to finish as the fourth best independent driver in Race 1 because I kept a good pace and gained some places. However, in the second race I was tired after about five laps because I also took part in a local Formula Renault race today. I go home with a lot of positive points and an awareness of how to improve for the future. I have had the time of my life with the World Touring Car Championship. It is more professional and bigger than anything else I have been involved in so I hope I can do more races because it is such a great environment. This experience is going to have a massive impact on my future. I have developed as a driver and person and this is what I need if I am going to be a successful young driver."
Robert HUFF, Chevrolet - 6th in Race 1 and DNF in Race 2 To finish 6th was brilliant. The race was very hard work. I was pushed all the way and had a great battle with Dirk Müller and Terting. There was always overtaking going on and it was satisfying to come away with the team's first driver points. I'm fairly disappointed about the second race. When I was chasing Coronel the water temperature was very high and we think a radiator hose burst. I slipped off on my own water. These things happen and it is unfortunate but we will take a lot away from this weekend."