Frentzen lashes out at Irvine

Heinz-Harald Frentzen has accused Eddie Irvine of endangering other drivers lives by dithering on the racing line during qualifying

Frentzen lashes out at Irvine

But the Jaguar driver hit back saying he was "not a helicopter".

Frentzen, who won two races last year, was in the scrap for pole, but ended up fourth after he was baulked by Irvine's Jaguar in the tunnel on his final flying lap.

The German said Irvine also forced his team-mate Jarno Trulli to abort his quickest lap, as he missed out on pole by just over one fifth of a second.

"I was annoyed at Eddie Irvine's unsporting behaviour," said Frentzen.

"He ought to have the experience not to slow down to 30mph in the tunnel at the end of the session when his car clearly has mechanical problems and he cannot benefit by continuing on the racing line.

"This not only endangers other drivers, but in this case also ruined the final qualifying run for Jarno and me."

But Irvine, who has had a frustrating season so far and starts 10th for tomorrow's race, hit back. "I had already moved over for two other drivers.

"What does Frentzen think I am. I'm not a helicopter. I can't just disappear."

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