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2005 European Formula 1 Grand Prix
What the teams and drivers said - Sunday

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Team and Driver Quotes following the Race

Renault - Williams - Ferrari - Red Bull - McLaren
Toyota - BAR - Sauber  - Jordan - Minardi

(selected team quotes, for a full team and driver preview click on the team name)

Renault ( Fernando Alonso - 1st, Giancarlo Fisichella - 6th )

Flavio Briatore, Managing Director
"This was a fantastic victory for the whole team, and especially Fernando after a drive where he did not give up from start to finish. We thought before the race that other cars were lighter than us with their fuel load, and the race proved us right; it also showed we had the right strategy as we made up places on the other cars. Michelin provided great tyres, and we used them in the right way to keep pressure on McLaren until the last laps – and it paid off. We showed today that our car is quick, as Fisico managed to climb fourteen positions from the back to finish sixth. Congratulations to the whole team on a great win."

Full Team and Driver Race Report  Back to Top

Williams BMW ( Nick Heidfeld - 2nd, Mark Webber - Retired )

Sam Michael (Technical Director WilliamsF1):
It was a fantastic drive from Nick which made our three-stop strategy work. We were on hard tyres to complement our plan and it proved to be the right decision. It was the harder compound from Michelin which made it onto the podium today. It is another good result for us and it is just what the team needed. Mark had an accident in the first corner which was a shame as he was on a different race strategy with higher fuel load compared to Nick and the other cars around him.

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Ferrari ( Rubens Barrichello - 3rd, Michael Schumacher - 5th )

Jean Todt: “This was a very difficult race. In the chaos after the start, we ran the risk of seeing both our cars out of the race and, at the end of the first lap, Rubens was ninth and Michael fourteenth. We had to fight from start to finish. Rubens, who had chosen an aggressive strategy based on three stops, drove a great race, managing to get on the podium, after the leader retired on the final lap. Michael, who had opted for two pit stops, finished fifth. Obviously, these are not the results we aspire to, but at the moment, we have to settle for what we can get. If we cannot get near the front of the grid, then it is hard to win the race. This race marks the start of the second third of a long season. We know we still have a lot of work to do along with Bridgestone to get back on top and we will do that with our characteristic determination and methodical approach. I am convinced that we will soon succeed. These ten points are the result of a great job from our drivers and the entire team.”

Full Team and Driver Race Report  Back to Top

Red Bull ( David Coulthard - 4th, Vitantonio Liuzzi - 9th )

Christian Horner, Sporting Director:
“It was a fantastic race for us. We capitalised on the first lap incident on the first corner and David had the pace today. He was doing very good times and set a string of fastest overall laps towards the end of the race. It was a shame that the Minardi pulled out right in front of him in the pit lane, which distracted him and caused him to release the speed limiter button fractionally early. But, it’s another fourth place for the team and a podium cannot be that far away. Tonio also did a good job and missed out on scoring a point, principally due to traffic on his out lap.”

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McLaren Mercedes ( Juan Pablo Montoya 7th, Kimi Raikkonen - Retired )

"Perhaps understandably the whole team has a strong sense of disappointment, heightened by the fact that Kimi's retirement took place on the last lap. Kimi flatspotted his right front tyre passing Jacques Villeneuve and from that moment on the front suspension was subject to extremely high levels of vibration. Kimi was able to cope with the inevitable blurred vision for over 15 laps and the team discussed with him his tyre condition. We jointly decided to go for the win and no member of the team including Kimi regrets this decision. The resulting suspension failure was understandable in the circumstances. Juan Pablo's race was looking good after a strong start putting him third after the first corner. Inevitably someone is going to get the braking wrong into the first corner and in this instance it appeared to be Mark Webber with Juan Pablo suffering the consequences. Once he had returned to the field and even with a badly damaged floor he was able to race to seventh place."

Full Team and Driver Race Report  Back to Top

Toyota ( Jarno Trulli - 8th, Ralf Schumacher - Retired )

Tsutomu Tomita - Team Principal
"This was obviously a disappointing race result for us but Jarno did well to bring the car home for a point - even if it was helped by a competitor's troubles. We knew we were in for a tough afternoon right from the beginning. Our problems started on the grid when Jarno's engine didn't start and we couldn't get the spare starter quick enough to get off the grid in time. That's why we got the drive through penalty which left him too far behind to manage anything higher than 8th place. Then Ralf was involved in an accident at the first corner. From then on he kept pushing but he spun off trying to catch Sato. Still, this is a long season and we will have good results on some days and less good on others. This result will spur us on even more for the next two races in Canada and the USA."

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BAR Honda ( Jenson Button - 10th, Takuma Sato - 12th )

"Unfortunately this has been a disappointing day for us as our speed in testing clearly has not translated into good race pace this Sunday. Basically, our car just wasn't fast enough. At this stage we do not fully understand why, but we will investigate this during tests at Monza and Silverstone this week. We clearly need to find a solution before we leave for the races in North America. On the positive side, both cars finished reliably, with the Honda engines passing the test of surviving two race weekends with flying colours, despite lying dormant for the five weeks since Imola. We will also have a better position in the qualifying line-up for Canada."

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Sauber ( Jacques Villeneuve - 13th, Felipe Massa - 14th )

Willy Rampf (Technical Director): "We had a disappointing ending to what had been a great race for us. Felipe was able to steer clear of the first-corner incident and drove with strong pace and the chance to score points for sixth place until he encountered a problem. We have yet to examine the tyres, and while we await a report from Michelin we will also carry out our own analysis of all our car data from the race. As for Jacques, his strategy was compromised by the first-corner collisions and he was never in a position thereafter to be able to recover the lost ground."

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Jordan ( Tiago Monteiro - 15th, Narain Karthikeyan - 16th )

“Both our drivers had eventful races. Fighting with Jacques Villeneuve for the first part of the race was exciting. It took quite a long time for Villeneuve to pass Narain and he did not actually pass Tiago. Then, the race settled down after the pit stops. Unfortunately Narain made a small mistake in the end. We are quite satisfied with our race pace throughout the race and the progress we are making.”

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Minardi ( Christijan Albers - 17th, Patrick Friesacher - 18th )

PAUL STODDART, Team Principal, Minardi Cosworth

“Once again this weekend, I think we’ve demonstrated that we have made progress with the new car, and it is very satisfying that both Christijan and Patrick ran to the chequered flag today. It is unfortunate that Christijan incurred a blue-flag penalty for failing to move over quickly enough for David Coulthard, and we have apologised to Red Bull Racing over the incident. It is now onward and upward to Montreal and Indianapolis, for the Canadian and US Grands Prix. They are races in which Minardi has shown well in the past, and we will be aiming for a strong performance in both.”

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Hisao Suganuma – Technical Manager – Bridgestone Motorsport
“I’m very pleased to see the return of a Ferrari to the podium again. Rubens drove a good race and deserved the reward. He also set the third quickest lap in the race this afternoon and I think overall, today’s result was a reflection of our good tyre performance in race trim. We had no tyre issues such as high wear or blisters and I am only sorry that the Ferrari drivers got caught up in the first corner incident. Had they not been held up and had a clear run I think they could have capitalised even more. The Jordan and Minardi drivers all finished the race too which I am pleased to see and we now look forward to the two flyaway races in Montreal and Indianapolis.”

Full Bridgestone Race Report  Back to Top


Pierre Dupasquier, Michelin motorsport director
“Another gruelling weekend has produced yet another Michelin F1 success – and one or two talking points besides. Our partner teams were as dominant in the race as they have been throughout the weekend and, indeed, throughout the season. Looking at the overall picture, it is clear that our tyres provided their usual combination of speed and durability.
“One has to feel sorry for Kimi Räikkönen, though. He flat-spotted his front-right tyre, which caused a serious vibration that clearly took its toll in the race’s closing stages. When he made his second scheduled stop on lap 43, we could see the problem very clearly. The trouble is, it becomes very easy to lock your brakes repeatedly once a tyre has been flat-spotted – and that just amplifies the problem. We have seen cars locking up on many occasions throughout the weekend – it seems to happen quite a lot here, because one or two corners encourage drivers to turn in while braking.”

Full Michelin Race Report  Back to Top

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