Pedro Diniz Q&A

Pedro Diniz scored 10 points as a driver, but none of them cost him as much financially or emotionally as the one he scored a Prost shareholder in Monaco. The team's form hasn't matched the potential that winter testing showed, but a new aero package and a little inspiration from Jean Alesi earned a fine sixth place - although there was some disappointment after a late puncture lost fifth. At least reliability has been good on the lead car, since Alesi has finished in the top 10 in all seven races. Adam Cooper asked Pedro about the Monaco result and the season so far

Pedro Diniz Q&A



"I think it's very good for the team, and I'm very happy because it's my first point in the new part of my career. And it was a really great race."



"It's a different feeling, but kind of similar really. It's hard work, and when you have results it really compensates. So far it's been very, very tough. Basically in this race we could have finished fifth, but unfortunately we had a flat tyre at the end. But still it was really good. I think our package is very reliable, and that's very important."



"I think Jean's always good in Monaco, and I think the Jean factor really made a little bit of a difference. We had a new aerodynamic package, and that counts a little bit. So we improved the car, but I think Jean did a great race, didn't make any mistakes, and everything was perfect."



"I think here it showed up already a little bit, but the other tracks are a little bit more normal, and it's going to show up even more."



"Well, I had this opportunity to buy a part of this team. Then I evaluated the team, and decided that it would be impossible for me to drive and take care of the team. It's basically impossible because of the amount of time I have to spend on managing the team is quite a lot. So I had to choose one job, and I decided to choose this. It's something that I want to do in the future, and it's always been my dream to keep working in motor racing. And I'm really enjoying it, even if it's really hard, and it's a lot of work. It's a big challenge."



"I must say the first two races were a bit difficult. Now I'm a little bit more used to it. I enjoy what I'm doing, but I miss a little bit the driving also. I think it's in the blood, speed and everything, but it makes me very happy to see a young driver like Luciano doing very well in our car."



"I have to spend a lot of time in the office, and there's quite a lot of pressure, constant pressure, and it's different than being a driver. When you are driving you have a very hard pressure during the weekend, but then it smooths out during the week until the next race. But this work is like constant pressure, it's an every day job. It's different, but it's nice, it's a big challenge. If we succeed it's going to be very good."



"The results are the logical results for this team, because it's a car that's an evolution from last year's car. Now we have a much better engine and gearbox, but it doesn't make any miracles. If you look at the top teams, the teams with factory backing, it's very difficult to beat them."



"Well, basically it's a long and very expensive job to catch the big teams, because they have such bigger budgets than us. I have to restructure, and that's what we're doing, restructuring the whole team, and making it more efficient, because basically we don't have the budget of the big guys. But we need to make it as efficient as we can, to try to compete with them at least. It's very difficult without a manufacturer behind you, but we are doing a good job, we are progressing, we are getting better and better."



"Yes, apart from the price!"



"I think he's a very good driver, and the whole team is really happy with him. I think he's going to do a good job for us, and also being Brazilian it's good for my country, because it can open a lot of doors if you have a Brazilian driver."



"It's very nice. Alain has a lot of experience, and he's been a four-times World Champion. He also understands that we need to restructure the company a bit, and that's what he's been doing, even if it's difficult at times."

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