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By Andrew Maitland
July 6, 2002

Friday Driver Analysis: Silverstone
1- Rubens Barrichello (Ferrari): 'We based our program on the test here a month ago, so we did a good job in the changing conditions.'

2- Michael Schumacher (Ferrari): 'Considering I missed the first hour, its reasonable. I made a mistake and spun, and then the engine stalled.'

3- Giancarlo Fisichella (Jordan): 'The car usually goes well in the wet, and if it stays wet tomorrow, we could be on the third or fourth row.'

4- Juan Pablo Montoya (Williams): 'We had an engine failure this morning, but we were able to work on the wet tires and setup. I'm pretty happy.'

5- Takuma Sato (Jordan): 'It was a very good day, the Bridgestone wets are very good. I didn't have to learn the track, so I went flat out.'

6- Jacques Villeneuve (BAR): 'The car feels very drivable in the rain which is great, and I can be very aggressive. If the rain stays its looking good.'

7- Kimi Raikkonen (McLaren): 'It was very wet and tricky, but I'd prefer it to be dry as we have more data available.'

8- Felipe Massa (Sauber): 'I had understeer this morning and went off into the gravel, but the car was a lot better this afternoon.'

9- Jenson Button (Renault): 'It tailed off a little during the afternoon. It's a shame to be ninth, and also hard to evaluate the new aero package in the rain.'

10- Nick Heidfeld (Sauber): 'It was difficult to really push. The balance was okay but it could have been better even with the track being so slippery.'

11- Ralf Schumacher (Williams): 'It was really slippery and I spun a few times, but we still need to chose tires and have a lot of work to do.'

12- David Coulthard (McLaren): 'Tire evaluation was not easy today. We don't really know where we are in the wet compared to Bridgestone'.

13- Pedro de la Rosa (Jaguar): 'We are not in a position to make conclusions about the new aero package. There are certainly some improvements.'

14- Olivier Panis (BAR): 'The car was very difficult to drive and then I had a traction-control problem. The balance is not good at all.'

15- Eddie Irvine (Jaguar): 'We still have a fair way to go before we begin drawing any conclusions, but the early signs are encouraging.'

16- Jarno Trulli (Renault): 'The car feels strange, and seems to be behaving differently to normal. I'm definitely not happy.'

17- Mark Webber (Minardi): 'We had a couple of issues that prevented us from getting the best out of the car. Hopefully the weather will improve.'

18- Alex Yoong (Minardi): 'It was a lot more slippery out there than I expected. I experienced a gearbox problem and spun at the end.'

19- Allan McNish (Toyota): 'We struggled quite badly today with general grip and balance of the car. I struggled with both understeer and oversteer.'

No time: Mika Salo (food poisoning), Heinz-Harald Frentzen (Arrows) and Enrique Bernoldi (Arrows).

Sir Frank Reflects
According to Sir Frank Williams, motor-racing is a 'peculiarly British skill'.

Speaking proudly at the home of British motorsport, Silverstone, the proud Englishman makes note that even 'The key people at Ferrari learnt their stuff in England'.

Today, seven of the eleven Grand Prix outfits find a base in the United Kingdom. Even French-owned Renault chose the nearby Enstone location rather than trying to contest the pinnacle of motorsports from abroad.

'We British are very independent-minded, insular, determined, and generally aggressive; we are a belligerent nation under it all and that makes us competitive', Sir Frank says.

Still a modest racing driver in 1969, the feisty Piers Courage eventually persuaded Sir Frank to purchase him a Grand Prix car to race. By 1980, Williams Grand Prix Engineering won its inaugural drivers and constructors' championships, with the courageous Alan Jones.

Even in spite of his paralyzing 1986 car accident, Formula One racing flows through the veins of one Sir Frank. Knighted for his services to queen and country in '99, Williams recalls his early days in F1 as a 'hand-to-mouth' existence.

'But I had to look at it as a learning opportunity, even though it was part of the very, very slow progress to where we are today,' explains Sir Frank.

An admirer of intrepid, uncompromising drivers like Alan Jones, Nigel Mansell, and the legendary Brazilian, Aryton Senna, Frank Williams acknowledges that 'they (the drivers of his era) didn't mature into world-class guys until they were 30, but now Juan Pablo (Montoya) is only 26 and Jenson (Button) 22.

'It's changing, with younger drivers coming in. Drivers are better younger than they were 20 years ago,' he continued.

There is always a risk, however, of trying to spot every-younger talent. 'It can be expensive if it doesn't work out', he says, 'Because we are only interested in world champions - not guys who can qualify on the third or fourth row of the grid.'

Despite Juan Pablo Montoya's recent trio of pole positions, a Williams has not graced the top-step since Ralf Schumacher's Sepang triumph in March.

Schu: No Defensive Driving
Michael Schumacher has issued an ominous warning that he will not be resting on his laurels this weekend at Silverstone.

Curtly dismissing any talk of 'defensive' driving, the feisty German makes it clear that it just isn't his style.

'I will try as long as it is sensible', he said. 'It's not a matter of defending.'

Currently leading the Drivers' Championship with 76 points, his closest rival is younger brother Ralf; a mammoth 46 in arrears the Schumacher-Ferrari juggernaut.

The already four-times a champion also responded to Ferrari President Luca di Montezemolo's assertion that he'll be hanging up his scarlet hat. To ensure the Scuderia's long-term future, Schumacher said, 'We will push him to stick with 'the family'.

He added, 'I hope that is not the case simply because he has been very important for Ferrari and for their success.'

And, just to keep his rivals in check, the German confirms that despite his poor Silverstone record, the 2002 British Grand Prix should be another all-scarlet affair.

'My poor record here is just probably because I've been disqualified or knocked out too often', he smiled.

'We're in better shape this year than we have been in either of the last two years. Last year we were quite clearly quick. But the test Rubens did shows we are strong, and with the package we should be sorted out for here, although we have to see if it is true.'

Rubens Barrichello and Michael Schumacher were the clear pace-setters in the wet Friday Practice.

FIA Heads Team-Order Reform
The FIA have launched their campaign to review the Formula One sporting regulations governing team orders.

'Impotent' to sanction Scuderia Ferrari's controversial and highly-unpopular race fixing at the Austrian Grand Prix, the governing body is consulting 'all of motor sport's stakeholders', from racing fans to team principals, before the newly formed working group makes its final recommendations.

Launched on a new FIA website yesterday, the working group proposes to fundamentally alter the way in which teams are free to impose race-altering orders.

For example, the working group suggests that team orders should be made public, and pre-arranged team orders should be instigated at the start of a race. The FIA additionally maintains that any team order that interferes with the racing, such as between teams, in unacceptable.

A brief history of team orders, however, suggests that team orders have been a part of Formula One from its earliest beginnings.

- In the Fangio days, a team leader could borrow his team-mate's car in the middle of the race, if his own car broke down with a mechanical failure,
- In the 1970s, Ronnie Peterson sat behind Mario Andretti in several races, but accepted the position because Andretti had developed the Lotus, and he had signed a contract to be the number two driver,
- Mansell, Coulthard, Villeneuve, Barrichello, Salo, and even Michael Schumacher moved aside for their respective team-mates to give them an added advantage to win the championship.

The man at the helm of the A1-Ring controversy, Michael Schumacher, is hesitant that an emotional crowd reaction should dictate fundamental rule changes in Formula One.

'Racing has been going on like this throughout its history', said the German.

'Its natural emotions will change with circumstances, and circumstances have been different this year from a fan's point of view. You cannot make rules for emotions. That's impossible.'

To make your voice heard, send your email suggestion to the FIA at by September 1.

Arrows To Qualify Today?
Despite missing both Free Practice sessions on a wet British Grand Prix Friday, the struggling Arrows team will reportedly take to the track for qualifying today.

After missing the Thursday deadline at Silverstone International, Arrows were granted a scrutineering extension until 10am yesterday. As the F1 action sprung into life at the sodden British track, FIA inspectors cleared Arrows' A23 contenders to race.

One minor missing detail, however, were the ECU control boxes which govern the V10 Cosworth engines. Still without the nearly $7m of unpaid bills, Jaguar chief Niki Lauda remained firm that Arrows' motors would not bark into life on Friday.

While the rain teemed on the Silverstone circuit, Arrows principal Tom Walkinshaw was deep in discussion with F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone. A meeting was lined up between Tom, Bernie, Niki and other Ford and Cosworth chiefs.

Team drivers Heinz-Harald Frentzen and Enrique Bernoldi were spotted in the Silverstone paddock while the scream of F1 engines filled the Northamptonshire skies. Somewhat confused, they were confident of qualifying their Orange mounts tomorrow (Saturday).

Meanwhile, Tom, Bernie, Niki, Cosworth's commercial director Bernard Ferguson and CEO Brendan Connor sat down for emergency negotiation. With shareholders Morgan Grenfell still blocking the sale of Arrows to a new consortium, Walkinshaw made it clear that the cash was 'not yet' able to change hands.

It is understood, however, that Bernie Ecclestone may have offered to pay Cosworth Arrows' outstanding debts in a loan to Tom Walkinshaw.

As we peered into the OrangeArrows garage on Friday evening, three A23's sat curiously alone, unattended. An hour later, Heinz and Enrique's race-cars were swarmed with Leafield mechanics.

For the time being, however, the Arrows line was one of official waiting. 'We are still waiting,' a spokesman told us.

'Tom has been in meetings all day, while we wait and hope. The cars never made first practice and within the rules we have until qualifying at 1pm tomorrow to be there'.

Salo Sits Out Friday
After a painful installation lap, Toyota's Mika Salo called Friday Free Practice quits at Silverstone International.

Reeling with severe stomach pains, the 35-year-old was instructed to sit the two hour-long sessions out; the official diagnosis being Food Poisoning.

'I did not feel too well when I woke up this morning', the Finn said. 'I went out at the beginning of session one to do an installation lap to see if the car was okay, but my stomach was really painful.

'Team doctor, Riccardo Ceccarelli, examined me and said that I have a kind of stomach infection.

'He recommended I rest today and is quite confident that I can drive again tomorrow.'

If Salo is too unwell to qualify his TF102 later today, Toyota-contracted F3000 driver Ryan Briscoe would be favourite to replace the Finn.

In a curious opening session, only eighteen (of 22) Formula One cars posted a time. The two Arrows runners without engines, Michael Schumacher failed to set a lap-time when he spun his Ferrari.

China Eyes F1 Race
The Chinese city of Shanghai will invest more than $180 million in building a Formula One-standard Grand Prix facility.

Targeting 2004 or 2005 as their inaugural F1 event, the 5.3 kilometer circuit will compete with Beijing and Wuhan City who are also vying to be hosts of the first-ever Grand Prix of China.

While initial construction kicks off in a matter of weeks, China's Automobile Sporting Authority reports that 'Many issues remain unclear.'

Beijing, for one, have also submitted their track and facility plans to be considered by their domestic racing authority.

Bernie Ecclestone, at any rate, is known to be keen on expanding Formula One's popularly in the Far East.

China completed an international circuit in Zhuhai a few years ago, eventually rejected by the FIA on the grounds that it did not meet Formula One standards.

Irvine Reserves Judgment
Eddie Irvine is reserving his judgment on the heavily-revised R3b until the Northamptonshire skies clear.

On a sodden Silverstone circuit yesterday, the 37-year-old Ulsterman was a promising fifth position in the opening session before ending the day fifteenth.

Any comparison with the car's dismal predecessor, however, will have to wait until after substantial dry running in qualifying today.

'For sure you can have your ideas but in these conditions what you think and what is real are two different things', Irvine said.

So Eddie, what do you think? 'I'm positive about some things and negative about others.'

'But all I can do is note what we think but not draw any conclusions.'

Eddie Irvine, after revealing his boredom with contesting Formula One from the rear of the grid, says he will retire if the R3b does not 'fly'.

'Obviously today we would have liked to get some miles in and get a proper feel for it but we weren't lucky in that respect', he said, referring to the rain-soaked Silverstone track.

'It's impossible to know what the story is. Generally though, the car is better in some areas, but there were a few issues with it.

'It could be a simple fix or it could take us longer. We don't know because we haven't done any running'.

'It is easier to drive, though. The rear end, for sure, is more stable on the entry but it is way too early to say really what the true story is. For sure, we have got a lot more downforce but it is being able to use it which is the important thing and we probably can't use all the potential'.

Turning his attention to his driving future, Eddie Irvine revealed the continuing pressure of performing in Formula One. 'If you do good, you stay', he said plainly. If you don't, you go.

'It's the same for every driver in the pitlane. We've got to just keep working on this car, trying to make it reasonable and then hopefully we can get some results.

'Until then, I'm not making any decisions.'

Jaguar team-mate Pedro de la Rosa was three tenths quicker yesterday, the Spaniard in thirteenth place.

Rivals Admire F2002
Williams and McLaren chiefs have paid tribute to Ferrari's clearly dominant F2002 contender.

BMW.Williams technical director, Patrick Head, concedes that this year's scarlet racer is 'certainly better' than their own FW24. 'In truth', the Briton said, 'The Ferrari is an excellent car.

'It certainly has been better than ours so far and it's very difficult to imagine that we can challenge them in either championship. But we'll still be trying as hard as we can anyway'.

Managing Director at McLaren, Martin Whitmarsh, admits to the reality that 'Ferrari have done a really good job with their package.

'I guess, like Patrick, we don't over-resign ourselves to not winning the championship, but we recognise the difficulty of going out there and trying to win a race, let alone win a championship.

'But I think you always, throughout the year, strive to improve your car and do a better job. You've got to look and compete throughout the whole season. If you don't try and go out there and compete then I think the momentum of the team falls away and you're not there trying to win races.

'So certainly, at the moment, we are not looking to the championship, we are looking to try and win a few races during the rest of this year'.

As the F1 circus prepares for Sunday's round ten of the 2002 championship, Ferrari have netted an impressive seven Grands Prix this year.

Silverstone Jinx For HHF
Arrows driver Heinz-Harald Frentzen must be thinking his annual visit to Silverstone for the British Grand Prix is jinxed.

Last year, a rapidly souring relationship with Eddie Jordan came to a head when the German was fired at the British Grand Prix. This year, new team Arrows floundering with debt, Frentzen's driving career could once again be thrown into uncertainty.

'The weekend in Silverstone started with waiting,' the talented veteran from Monchengladbach said.

'We couldn't take part in first practice. But I am here and ready to get into the race weekend. At the moment I don't know how it will go on, I have to wait for the information of the team. So I can't say anything.

'I have to wait until things are sorted out.'

As the sound of practicing F1 cars filled the Northamptonshire skies, we bumped into plain-clothed Heinz and teammate Enrique Bernoldi as they hopped from one Orange-clad motorhome to the next. 'We can't talk to you', said the German.

'But we will be racing. It will be resolved tomorrow (Saturday)'.

While teams are permitted to miss Free Practice, every competitor must qualify for Sunday's British Grand Prix.

Three Cars For Grandees?
With Arrows' Grand Prix future on the rocks, the issue of Formula One's 'big three' teams running a trio of contenders has once again risen.

If the field dips below eighteen runners, the Concorde Agreement contains a clause which could request the leading teams to introduce a third car and driver to the world championship to boost the grid.

Williams technical director Patrick Head is concerned that running a third car would potentially introduce myriad additional considerations for F1's grandees.

'I obviously hope that Arrows do manage to continue, but running a third car is a considerable extra cost', said the Briton.

'Before anything like that would be able to be done, one would have to work out what mechanism would achieve the income that would allow one to run a third car.

The tech boss is additionally concerned that the top teams, with multiple runners, would monopolise the points-scoring positions.

'I think it's got some downsides in that generally the top teams are pretty reliable. At the moment with Ferrari, Williams and McLaren it takes one of those team's cars to break down for the middle teams to pick up six and fifth place.

'If you have got the top three teams running three cars each, that's the first nine positions filled, so four of them have to break down before a middle ranking team can get a point.

'So I think it has got some down sides for the teams that aren't right at the top but we are not there yet and I hope, obviously, Formula One can be strengthened so that we can continue to run as ten-plus teams'.

Alain Prost's Guyencourt team was the first to collapse earlier this year, while Minardi and Arrows' mid-term future is far from secure.

F1 News From Silverstone
- McLaren have renewed their sponsorship deal with technology partners, Bae Systems, for five more years. A prime contractor and systems integrator in the air, land, sea, and space defence market sectors, the Bae Systems logo will appear on the airbox of the West McLaren Mercedes Formula One car.

- Not content to restrict themselves to mechanics, engineers and computer technicians, the Jordan team has turned to a dentist to resolve a problem with the EJ12's hydraulic pump. Technical Director Gary Anderson revealed that 'The pump required very intricate work inside a 15mm diameter hole. We didn't have the equipment but I knew there must be a way of solving the problem. I called my dentist, took six pumps to him and he did a really good job. We ran them in Austria and came fifth'. Yes Gary, but did you get a free sticker and toothbrush?

- Ross Brawn and several leading Formula One personnel are concerned that the wet tire regulations will restrict track time this weekend at Silverstone. While ten dry tires are allocated per weekend, the continuing rain this weekend means that just 7 sets of wet tires will limit the driver's total laps in the lead up to qualifying and the race.

- The Jaguar team have instructed Pedro de la Rosa and Eddie Irvine to take care on the slippery Silverstone circuit. According to our sources, the Milton-Keynes team have only two sets of the heavily-revised aerodynamic kits here this weekend; currently mounted on the two R3b race chassis'.

- Minardi ace Mark Webber led home a field of F1 photographers at the Daytona go-kart track near Milton-Keynes last week. Organized by Sutton Motorsport Images, the 25-year-old Aussie pushed his way through the field to take the checkered flag first. 'There were no favors out there today,' said Webber. 'The Suttons lot gave it their all and we had some fantastic racing on a damp track.'

- The troubled Kirch Media company will probably be taken over next week as interested parties prepare their bids for the insolvent empire. With the major asset being a 75% stake in Formula One's commercial rights (SLEC), Commerzbank, film studio Colombia-Tristar and US investor Chaim Saban are among favourites to snatch up the company.

- With helicopter being the preferred route for F1 personnel into the Silverstone circuit, keen spotters were intrigued to see a small, scarlet-clad Frenchman hop out of the BMW.Williams chopper as it landed at the track. Jean Todt, Ferrari team principal, also reportedly enjoyed lunch at Sir Frank Williams' Oxfordshire house before hitching a ride to the track. Interesting...

- Juan Pablo Montoya's failed BMW engine is already en route to the German manufacturer's Munich base for analysis. The Colombian managed just five damp laps before the unit grenaded in a cloud of grey smoke. 'As the engine continued running for quite a while after the problem appeared, we will not be able to find out the reason for the failure here at the race track', said Motorsport Director, Dr Mario Theissen.

- McLaren chief Ron Dennis has his fingers crossed that conditions do not stay variable for this weekend's British Grand Prix. 'Our performance in the extreme wet is not too bad, but in the intermediate conditions towards the end of the second session we just lacked grip', said the Briton. 'Whatever the weather brings for the rest of the weekend let's hope it's at either end of the spectrum and not in the middle.'

- Despite Silverstone International's new access roads at Dadford road and the A43, Formula One personnel have admitted they will not be wrestling the notorious British GP traffic this weekend. At the Friday Press Conference, this open question was posed: How did each of you get to the circuit this weekend? 'Through the back entrance', said Allan McNish. 'I'm staying in the circuit so it is no hassle', said Jenson Button. 'Helicopter', said Eddie Irvine and Martin Whitmarsh. 'In by helicopter, out on a scooter', said Patrick Head.

- We hear that ex-F1 and CART star Alex Zanardi is attending the Molson Indy event at Toronto (Canada) this weekend. The trek from Monaco is the Italian's first motor-racing event since he lost both legs in a horror 200mph accident in Germany last year. 'Optimism is what drives me the most,' the inspiring driver said. In August, the CART series will travel to Montreal for their first race at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. 'It is going to be interesting to see how CART compares to Formula One', Zanardi said. 'I'm expecting the cars to be not that far away from F1 in lap times [if CART still used soft tires, not the hard spec tires Bridgestone now provides).'

- Czech driver Tomas Enge sits on pole for the British F3000 race later today, the Arden Team Russia driver six tenths faster than Sebastien Bourdais despite a late spin at Copse. 'I didn't mean to do it,' said Enge. 'But it must have looked good for the spectators!' Giorgio Pantano lines up third for Coloni, ahead of Petrobras Junior runners Ricardo Sperafico and Antonio Pizzonia.

- We have been reliably informed that the Silverstone skies will remain cloudy, but rain-free on qualifying day (Saturday) today. For the race tomorrow, a slight chance of rain will linger as a mostly cloudy day, and a pleasant 18C, awaits the British Grand Prix.

- We are always interested to note how tobacco-branded F1 contenders deal with the total ban for the British Grand Prix. Instead of Mild Seven, the Renault's read 'Blue World' on their R202s, while BAR have opted for the familiar 'Look Alike' branding. Ferrari carry blank white patches, while instead of Benson & Hedges, the Jordan rear wing reads 'BE ON EDGE'. McLaren are running 'David' and 'Kimi' liveries. Other livery changes of note are Minardi's new green 'Quadriga' airbox, Williams' HP branding and Felipe Massa's helmet design in tribute of Brazil's World Cup success.

On This F1 Day...
Today we remember British driver T C (Cuth) Harrison, born on July 6 in 1906.

Contesting just three modern Formula One races in the inaugural championship year of 1950, his only Grand Prix finish was at the first-ever Silverstone race where he finished seventh for ERA.

Dying in 1981, Cuth would have been 96 today.

Another British-driver, Ian Burgess, was also born on this day, in 1930. Contesting 16 Grands Prix between 1958 and '63, his best finish was sixth place at the 1959 Grand Prix of Germany, held in Berlin, for Cooper.

He is 72 today.

Italian-born Luigi Musso shared the winning car with Fangio in the 1956 Argentine Grand Prix. The 24-times a Grand Prix starter was killed in the 1958 French Grand Prix on this day 44 years ago.

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