July 7th, 2002

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Arrows "disappointing" weekend

Arrows team had a heartbreaking end to its British Grand Prix at Silverstone today. Heinz-Harold Frentzen and Enrique Bernoldi both ran comfortably in points-scoring positions but by the halfway mark of the race, both cars had retired. Frentzen went out with an engine problem and Bernoldi with a broken driveshaft.

"That was a real disappointment as it was the most fun we have had this weekend! We were definitely in for a lot of points today so to have something break at such a key moment is a huge shame for us," said Frentzen in a press release.

"I didn't have a very good start but we made up for that by making the right choice on tyres, choosing the intermediates, and I have to say that the cars in front were easy meat and I was able to easily overtake. The car was perfect and, after a weekend like the one we've just had, a points finish would have been fantastic reward for the team."

Bernoldi was also disappointed with the result. "I had a great start again today and was up to 12th by the end of the first lap. I was able to push hard and was thoroughly enjoying the race," he smiled.

"I started from pretty much the back so to be in a position to score points by the halfway point was great. We made the right choice on tyres for the first stop (intermediates) but not the second time because as soon as we put on the dry weather tyres it began to rain more heavily so I had to pit again.

"In the end it didn't matter as I stopped for good soon after that. It is a shame to lose such a good opportunity as they don't come along very often."

Chief Race Engineer Graham Taylor added: "Heinz was the first of all the runners to react to the rain today which gained us a huge advantage. It was a quick call and I must pay tribute to the pit crew who did a fantastic job throughout.

"Enrique also benefited from a quick switch to intermediates and we were able to take full effect of the advantage that Bridgestone tyres gave us in the wet. It was certainly good to see our cars swarming all over some of the more significant Michelin runners.

"Heinz was comfortably faster that Villeneuve who finished fourth so I think we could have had a healthy crop of points today. In retrospect we made the wrong call with Enrique's second stop as the rain got heavier just as he entered the pit lane. To have neither car finish is a huge shame for the team that has worked hard all season and especially during this very difficult weekend."
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BAR finally score some points

The champagne was well and truly flowing at the BAR motorhome today (Sunday) after Jacques Villeneuve and Olivier Panis finished fourth and fifth in the British Grand Prix to score the team's first points of the season.

JV BAR"It's been a long time coming but today's result is fantastic for the team!" exclaimed Villeneuve in a press release. "It was a very tricky race and to get both cars home in the points in these conditions is great for everybody.

"I've had a very good three days here: we just kept improving the car throughout every session. For the first time this season, we were confident that for once we didn't have to rely on luck to be in with a chance of a points finish.

"We were actually competitive enough and the car and circuit really suited each other. We had two great pit stops and made the right tyre choices in very tough conditions. Everybody worked incredibly well in the race, so this result is a credit to the team."

Panis was also pleased to put the technical troubles of Saturday practice, and the early part of the season, behind him. "I'm very, very happy!" he smiled. "This is a fantastic day for me and for the team, especially as this was our home GP.

"I'm really pleased that we were able to put on a good show for all the staff in the grandstands. I could feel them willing us on and this result is exactly what they needed. From 13th position it was a hell of a fight because of the weather, but I had a lot of fun along the way.

"After all the problems I had on Friday and Saturday the team reacted with great professionalism and determination. I would like to take this opportunity thank Honda for all their hard work because we have great respect for what they are trying to do.

"Sometimes these things take time, but it is like good food - you need to wait! Last but not least, a special thank you to Bridgestone, whose continued efforts paid off especially well in today's conditions. I consider this a good step forward for the team but let's keep focus and remember that we have a lot of work ahead of us.
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Ferrari 1-2 at Silverstone

Ferrari's Michael Schumacher broke his Silverstone jinx when he won the British Grand Prix in style today, the German last took victory at this event in 1998. It is the reigning world champion's seventh visit to the top step of the podium in 2002, and should he triumph at next fortnight's French GP means that he will win the 2002 FIA Formula One World Championship™ at his home race in Germany.

"This is a very special win for me, as I have not finished first so often here and it is also my 60th win," he commented in a press release. "It is also an ideal situation for the championship.

"We were not expecting rain. The car handled really well although we never had consistent conditions and I struggled a little bit in the wet. But I have to say the intermediates were good in both the almost dry and the wet.

"We have worked very hard on that with Bridgestone and the whole car tyre packaged worked well. The real question was when to use what tyre. I have to say I was not really sure, so I must thank Ross for making the decisions for me and making the right one. The conditions were really very tricky, especially as the intermediate tyres started to wear out in the dry."

Rubens Barrichello performed superbly to overcome a stall on the formation grid, meaning he had to begin the race from the very back. The Brazilian fought his way up to second place, fending off Juan Pablo Montoya in the latter stages.

"This is a fantastic result for the team and the best I could hope for!" he exclaimed. "I don't yet know what was my problem at the start of the formation lap. When I lined up at the back of the grid, I concentrated on staying very calm, because I knew I had the car to get past people and I was just hoping to get points.

"I kept my attitude together and started to pass people and there were times when I was lucky not to crash because of the big speed differential between our cars and some of the opposition. Everything worked fine and the Bridgestone tyres were fantastic.

"I spun, when I touched a kerb after pushing a bit too hard on the intermediates which were quite worn at the rear. I enjoyed my fight with Juan Pablo. It was a fair one. I lost some speed going into Club corner, but I did not expect him to move on me there!

"I tried to make a move on him at the exit to the corner, which did not work, but after a few more laps I managed to overtake him again."

Sporting director Jean Todt added: "It has been an exceptional day, with a fantastic one-two scored on our rivals' home turf. Our entire package was excellent: the drivers, the team, the cars and the Bridgestone tyres. The result consolidates our position in both Championships.

"A technical problem at the start of the formation lap meant Rubens was unable to make the most of his grid position as he had to start from the back. Rubens managed to catch the front runners and then moved up to second place after 19 laps. The six points he picked up have moved him up to second place in the Drivers' championship. Michael drove fantastically in all conditions, whether dry or wet.

"This one-two finish allows us to tackle the remaining races in the championship with optimism, but this does not mean we will lower our guard. We must not relax as we want to continue the Championship in the same way in which we have completed the first half."
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