Ricardo Zonta Q&A

Ricardo Zonta is trying very hard to make a name for himself this year, but at Spa he earned himself a little place in the history books while being lapped! The perennially unlucky Brazilian was minding his own business when Michael Schumacher drew up behind him at the end of the long straight after Eau Rouge. He did the right thing in holding a line that allowed Schumacher to go round the outside, and thus get the ideal line into the chicane that followed. What he didn't know was that Mika Hakkinen was right in the Ferrari's slipstream... Adam Cooper asked Zonta for his grandstand view of the move of the year

Ricardo Zonta Q&A

"When the leader of the race comes you need to slow down your speed on the straight, and give him a space. I left a gap on the left for Schumacher, and kept my position in the middle. And when he was on the left I just felt something come on the right, and it was Hakkinen. So I just slowed down more. I think he got more speed than Michael, because he came behind him and got both tows, from Michael and me. It was a very good move because Hakkinen didn't have any line for the next corner."

"It was a little bit wet there, and I think he risked everything. But they are fighting for the championship. The position he's in his career, he can do anything he wants. He doesn't lose anything any more. It's given him a good gap for the next race."

"I went on the radio and said they are crazy! It was quite dangerous for me as well, because if I had moved a little bit to the right, there would have been a big shunt."

"I gave more space for Michael. He was one metre from my car, and Mika didn't have enough space for him - it was very narrow. But I didn't realise another car was behind. I only realised when he was beside me. I just thought I hope I didn't make any problem for anyone! I just kept my position."

"We started with a set-up for the wet, and after three laps it was nowhere. We had too much downforce, and it was very soft. When we put dry tyres the car was very heavy to drive."

"We are deciding what we are going to do, because there's still a chance to race for Sauber or Arrows. Testing for McLaren is maybe a good idea as well. But we didn't decide yet."

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