Wilson Hampered by Ignition Problems

A problem with the ignition switch of his Cosworth engine hampered Justin Wilson in first qualifying for his maiden home Formula One Grand Prix at Silverstone.

Wilson Hampered by Ignition Problems

A problem with the ignition switch of his Cosworth engine hampered Justin Wilson in first qualifying for his maiden home Formula One Grand Prix at Silverstone.

The British driver's Minardi stopped on track before he could even complete his flying lap and Wilson will be forced to start the grid-deciding session tomorrow in first position after failing to set a time.

"I just went out the pitlane, and as I went over the bump at the end where it joins the track, the engine lost all power," explained Wilson. "The car fired up when we got it back to the garage, and the engineers now suspect a problem with the ignition switch. As ever, tomorrow's another day, and we'll be aiming to do better."

Wilson's teammate Jos Verstappen enjoyed better luck and finished down in 18th position with the second Minardi.

"I think that was a pretty clean lap, and I was reasonably happy with it, even though the time was not as fast as my best of the morning," said Verstappen. "There was less grip available this afternoon, and as a result, the car was sliding around more.

"We have some ideas to improve the situation that we want to try tomorrow, so we'll see if we can find a little more time."

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