BAR still hopeful despite shunt

British American Racing remains upbeat about the forthcoming British Grand Prix at Silverstone, despite Ricardo Zonta's huge accident during testing at the track last week

BAR still hopeful despite shunt

"I like Silverstone because it is fast and you can get into a good rhythm. The only problem at this time of year is that the weather is likely to be cold and wet for the Grand Prix," claimed Zonta, who escaped from the accident with a cut finger.

"It's a shame we lost time during the test last week after the suspension problem with my car, because we had just come up with a really good wet set-up. We also had the latest specification Honda engine at Silverstone, and it definitely felt like an improvement on the version we have been using," added the Brazilian, who remains confident despite only being able to complete four laps on Thursday.

However, Steve Farrell, BAR's chief engineer, believes that there will be no advantage for the team as it is their home event, but claims they can perform strongly anyway.

"Oddly enough, although this is our 'home' Grand Prix and Silverstone is the nearest circuit to the team's Brackley headquarters, we don't test here a great deal, so there isn't any real advantage for us.

"Our preparations for the British Grand Prix are the same as for any other Formula One race. They were curtailed at last week's Silverstone test as a result of Ricardo's accident, but we still feel we're in good shape," he offered.

"Running in both wet and dry conditions, we felt we were competitive, both drivers were happy with their cars and we were able to test and evaluate several new components that we will be running."

Speaking of the new regulations on pit lane speed limiting devices, announced less than a week ago, Farrell had only praise for the quick response of Honda's systems engineers.

"We're particularly happy with the progress Honda has made in dealing with the latest FIA technical regulations," he enthused.

"At each of the first three races this year, we feel we've been consistent and competitive. I see no reason why, as a realistic target, we can't qualify both cars in the top 10 at Silverstone and have a strong run in the race. We feel Silverstone plays to the strengths of the BAR Honda 002."

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