Tuesday April 10th, 2001
After a very disappointing Brazilian Grand Prix, the Arrows team are looking forward to the first European race of the season, the San Marino Grand Prix at Imola, where they expect to be able to shine again.
At the Interlagos circuit in Brazil, both Jos Verstappen and Enrique Bernoldi retired after qualifying on the eighth row of the grid, and the Dutchman was fined following his accident with race leader Juan Pablo Montoya.
However, Verstappen expects better things in San Marino.
"Imola is one of my favourite tracks on the calendar as it's a real challenge," Verstappen said. "It's hard on the brakes and has lots of slow speed chicanes so to do a quick lap here you need a car that can jump the kerbs well.
"Luckily the A22 can do just that so I'm hoping for a good race. Last year's race started well for me but I had a problem that caused me to do an extra pit-stop so I lost a lot of time. It will be nice to be racing in Europe again and hopefully we will get a good result."
Brazilian rookie Bernoldi, who has been unable to finish his first Grand Prix so far, admitted he was glad to race at a circuit he already knows, and expects to make it to the finish line for the first time this year.
"I raced at Imola back in 1996 in Formula Renault and won the race so the track holds fond memories for me," Bernoldi said. "It's a challenging circuit and I've always enjoyed racing at Imola so let's hope I can score my first Formula One finish there."