Mika Salo Q&A

Mika Salo lost a chance of a points score at Monza when he clipped the white line on the pit exit, and landed himself a drive through penalty. That was enough to drop him out of top six contention. Until then the Toyota had been running well, and for a while both Mika and Allan McNish looked set to make the points, a result that would have come too late to save either man's seat. Knowing that they are on the way out both men find themselves in a curious position right now, while the fact that the team is testing Helio Castroneves this week suggests that the current drivers were dumped before there was a clear decision on who might take the second seat. Adam Cooper spoke to the Finn

Mika Salo Q&A



"Allan braked very late in the first corner, and he basically pushed me off the circuit, so I had to go off the circuit and I lost a lot of positions because of that. I had a better start, but I had to go straight through the grass because I had to avoid him and go straight."



"It was still alright but I blistered my rear tyres very early, and I had a traction control problem all the time, so I couldn't get the acceleration out of the corners. It took me a long time to find the settings. By the time I found them the rear tyres were totally gone, and I had massive blisters on them. I think basically where we messed up was that we should have stopped early and changed tyres at the same time as the Renaults. I just kept going with the blistered tyres for 10 laps, and I lost a lot of time."



"When I came out from the pits the Renaults were coming down the straight, and the only thing I heard on the radio was push, push, push. That means that somebody was coming, but I couldn't see anybody in my mirrors, and I was trying to find them when at the same time I crossed the white line. It was basically my mistake, and that was it. The second set was fine, but I was too far behind to catch anybody."



"It was our chance to score points. It's not the first time we've missed opportunities to score points. The car was good all weekend, the only problem was that after the warm-up we realised our brake temperatures were too high, and we had to go for bigger brake ducts. We changed the bodywork a little bit on the car, and we lost 15 points of downforce for the race, so the car wasn't as good in the race as it should have been. That was a bit disappointing, and I could see it immediately on the first lap that we had no grip."



"It is difficult to be motivated, definitely. Even if I won all the last races it wouldn't make any difference, I would still be going. I just drive for my enjoyment, and not for Toyota."



"Yes, Spa was good fun. And Monza's a great circuit to race on. I'm really looking forward to Suzuka, because it will be a good race for us also. It will be good fun."



"There are some things happening all the time, but I don't want to take any pressures about it. I just want to finish the season and see what comes up, see what I have when I come back from holiday, and decide if I want to do something."



"Not necessarily, but it would have to be a very good place if I wanted to test. I'm a racing driver and that's what I like."

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