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Brno: Sunday Quotes

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14/10/2007

Brazil

Sergio Jimenez: "I had a normal start but then on the first corner I had to brake very early to avoid China ahead of me and New Zealand was able to get past me. Otherwise there are a lot of positives to take from the race and we are aware of the areas we have to work on. We were on the pace and set the third fastest lap of the race, so we know we are making good progress and we know we have a good car. Unfortunately both of the pitstops were a bit slow so we need to work a bit on qualifying and get the pitstops right. If it were not for losing time in the pits today we would have been in fourth position and perhaps on the podium, so that lost us a few positions."

Fernando Paiva, Team Principal: "We're pleased that we've picked up some points and are extremely happy with Sergio's progress and the way he has been performing. He was very quick throughout the race, as he was in Zandvoort. We have put a new team together and are learning all the time. We were hoping to have improved the pitstops since Zandvoort, but we're still suffering from that problem at the moment. Otherwise, we would have collected more from this race."

Canada

James Hinchcliffe: "The team did a good job all weekend. We know we have a decent race pace but we need to work on qualifying so we're up there when it counts. I think we could have been in the points today but we were held up quite a bit in our second stint in the Feature, we showed how quick we were at the end as we closed in on Italy but we ran out of time and just missed out on points."

Simon Cayzer, Team Manager: "We could have had a top-six finish this weekend but frustratingly one way or another we've come away without scoring. We had a good car today and a driver who knows the circuit well so we're a little disappointed. We've now got a five week gap to put in some work away from the track and really get our season started in Malaysia!"

France

Nicolas Lapierre: "I made a very good start in the Sprint race and managed to pass four cars on the outside in the first corner. We knew we had to take risks at that moment as the race lasted only ten laps. In the second event I made an average start as I was on the dirty side of the track, and my tyres spun when I let the clutch out. We decided to come at the start of the refuelling window and gained a place. I rejoined behind Great Britain and South Africa. We had a good scrap from which I emerged victorious: I finished fifth. Today's result is positive as we gained places in relation to where we were on the grid in each race. On the other hand, the weekend's been a bit mixed. Had we qualified better I think we'd have been on the podium."

Olivier Panis, Sporting Director: "The team has had a good weekend. In addition, Nicolas Lapierre found his marks very quickly, and drove a couple of good races enabling us to gain several places in relation to our qualifying performances. We're leaving Brno without being on the rostrum, but the points we've scored this weekend help close the gap to the overall leader."

Germany

Christian Vietoris: "In the sprint race my car had a tendency to oversteer on turn-in to the corners. Furthermore, we also noticed that our opponents used a longer sixth gear. We started the feature race with these two handicaps and I didn't make things any easier for myself when I spun the wheels at the start. Afterwards, it was easy to overtake and regain the positions. However, the problems at the second pit-stop cost me four places of which I was only able to regain two before the finish. We'll now look at the data in detail and try to understand why the set-up wasn't ideal here. Then we'll focus on the next race. I'm convinced that we'll soon have everything under control again soon."

Willi Weber: "Unfortunately both the team and driver haven't reached top form yet. The team needs to sort out all the unanswered technical details, so that the set-up of the car is better. Pit stops are all about practice and a small portion of luck. At the same time, Christian must try to find his feet in the series and win more respect on the circuit. He has already shown that he possesses the raw speed by setting fastest times in testing and practice sessions. It's also important that he stamps his authority during the wheel to wheel duels. Unfortunately we have lost a little ground to the leaders in the points table. However, we aim to change this situation as soon as possible. Team and driver are better than the results show – I know this."

Great Britain

Robbie Kerr: "The Sprint Race was a fantastic first race back in the car. It was a shame we couldn't make it one place higher but the car wasn't quite under us to challenge New Zealand and we had a lot of over-steer. It was a great battle during the first lap of the Sprint between us, New Zealand, Ireland and South Africa – we all went for it but respected each other and tried to make it as clean as possible. Unfortunately Ireland and GBR did touch but there was no blame and it was great racing and a good result."

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