David Richards Q&A

Jenson Button might have only managed a point for his eighth place at Silverstone, but it was an impressive drive from the back of the grid on a day when there was very little attrition. It also confirmed BAR's position as the number two Bridgestone team after Ferrari, and when the Japanese company is competitive - as it was on race day in Britain - then the team has a chance of challenging for points. Adam Cooper spoke to team boss David Richards.

David Richards Q&A



"If I look at Jenson's performance, salvaging one point from the position he was in 24 hours earlier is a great endorsement of his talent. He showed that he can really dig deep, he doesn't give up, and he presses on. He pulled his way up in the first few laps, had the setback at the pit stop when the safety car came out, dropped to the back again, and still clawed it back from there. So one only has to guess what he could have done from a proper grid position, or for that matter even without the safety car incident."



"Jacques's was a competent performance, but he must feel pretty disappointed, especially with a spin towards the end of the race. I don't think it was one of his best days."



"They didn't touch. These guys are aggressive racing drivers. And your biggest competitor is going to be your team-mate probably, and clearly Jacques didn't want to let him go through. I don't think it's an issue."



"What a race! It was one of the most stunning races I've seen. From where I was sitting, it was absolutely extraordinary."



"The guys were telling me beforehand how difficult it is to overtake. I think they did a good job from that point of view."



"Clearly there's got to be a proper enquiry to make sure that those incidents can't happen. I don't think any of the marshals knew what to do at that time. I think the response time to it was quite slow, that's my only comment on it. But I don't know what happens, I don't know what the procedures are at that point in time, whether they've got to wait for race control to put a safety car out before you can put marshals on to the track."



"I would say so. Good for British motor sport generally, and good for the World Championship. Clearly one incident like that is unacceptable, but it shouldn't be beyond reason to prevent that in the future, and I bet there are a lot of tracks in the world where it could have happened as well. We shouldn't isolate Silverstone, but we've got to look at stopping this happening anywhere in the world."



"I've always said that the tracks in the championship will favour one or the other in different levels. I'm sure it will go up and down in the remaining events of the year. There's a lot of work to be done by us as a team, and all our partners."



"It was encouraging for everyone to see it."

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