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Frentzen Clarifies Controversial Comments

Thursday March 15th, 2001

Following harsh criticism made by World Champion Michael Schumacher today, over Heinz Harald Frentzen's comments alluding that Ferrari may be using illegal traction control, the Jordan driver published a clarification, stating:

"The comments about traction control made on my webpage seem to have been misconstrued by the media and now it seems some of the drivers have misunderstood me as well.

"I have never indicated that I was talking about illegal traction control but was merely discussing a form of legal traction control to explain to my fans some things about Formula One.

"I was commenting on my views as a driver following Ferrari powered cars around the track. Recent comments made by Max Mosley support my views and I hope that anything that may have been written about this should be ignored."

Frentzen was referring to the comments made by thee FIA's President, who confirmed that a system to stop the wheels from spinning doesn't have to be necessarily illegal.

"We disagree [with the allegations]," Mosley told Autosport, "and we are better placed than Heinz-Harald Frentzen to know what the various teams are doing.

"It is, however, a fact that some teams are able to tune their engines so that wheelspin becomes unlikely and more manageable. This is not the same thing as traction control."

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