Silverstone was not a great weekend for the McLaren team, but nevertheless Kimi Raikkonen emerged with a third place and two points closer to Michael Schumacher in the championship table. After his early disaster with the lost head-rest and unplanned stop, David Coulthard did a good job to salvage fifth place. Cooler weather than of late might have contributed to a resurgence in form for Bridgestone, and it remains to be seen how things work out in the next three races, all of which have the potential to be run in hot conditions. Meanwhile it seems likely that the MP4-18 will remain on standby, and it may even only appear once the title battle is over. Ron Dennis explained his views on that and the track invader after the race at Silverstone.
"The primary pace was dictated by the inevitable ebb and flow of tyre competition. Bridgestone had a better tyre here. We've enjoyed great tyres from Michelin over the last few races, and this was a little bit of an about turn, which saw us struggling for a few laps going through a graining period, and once that was clear we were able to match the pace of the Ferraris. But at that crucial time... that's why we stopped a bit early to get through that phase before Barrichello stopped. It worked, we stayed ahead of him, but he was a little bit too strong in the opening laps. If we'd been able to keep him behind us a little bit longer we could have held him off. And then of course Kimi missed a braking point and lost second place. Obviously David had a great race and as always made it more difficult for himself starting from 12th on the grid. That's motor racing."
"Basically the brakes snatched. It could well have been caused by something, but he didn't actually say it was caused by oil. He just said it snatched into a bit of understeer."
"I don't think so. In any race of any description you're always prone to individuals who appreciate that if the event is being televised then that is a very prominent platform on which to demonstrate their extremism. If someone steps onto a motorway I doubt whether they'd be in such a safe environment [as that which] monitors grands prix. It happened in horse racing, it happened in Hockenheim."
"We have very good communications with the drivers. I know our drivers were aware well before they came upon the guy. If he was really committed to hurting himself, he could clearly have run straight in front of a car. I think he wasn't looking to hurt himself, I think he was looking to raise a spectacle and bring attention to whatever his cause is. You can't blame any grand prix circuit for it happening. Scaling high perimeter fences is something that's happening throughout the world on a constant basis. Here it's several miles in distance, and one's got to be balanced and appreciate that you just can't prevent this sort of thing happening. It's going to happen again and it could happen anywhere at any time in any type of racing."
"As I said it happened in Hockenheim a couple of years ago, it can happen in any country at any time, and any one that wants to feed on the extremism of an individual can clearly do it, and they can put spin on it. But the reality is it was a fantastic race and it shouldn't be tarnished by these sorts of things."
"I think the circuit conditions played to the tyre. It was cooler in ambient temperature compared to the places we've recently enjoyed, and I'm quite sure that we will be able to match their pace in some of the remaining races. It's going to be a close World Championship, and it's certainly going to be a World Championship that's determined by finishing. Finishing is critical to these races. If you don't finish, the mathematics are now so heavily stacked against not finishing, that's got to be the primary target."
"It's too early to say. Introducing anything onto a racing car or a new car in its entirety has risks. This is all about managing risks through the balance of the season. Are we ready to race it? We are close to being able to race the car. Will we race it? We will take it on a case-to-case basis. At some stage if the championship for some quirky reason does unfold quicker than we anticipated, that will influence that decision. The primary goal is to finish races as competitively as we can, and we certainly have a car which is capable of winning."
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