Zonta puts testing crash behind him

Ricardo Zonta has denied he is frustrated at playing second fiddle to Jacques Villeneuve at BAR after his second death-defying escape in three months

Zonta puts testing crash behind him

And he admitted he was the one that needed to improve.

The Brazilian has outqualified Villeneuve once this year and scored just one point while Villeneuve has scored five.

"He is getting better results than me and he is putting in good performances," said Zonta.

"I need to improve my performance to have people focus on me more. I have had many problems this year with my performance and I hope I can improve a little bit in this race."

He talked about his 205mph accident at last week's Monza test when a part of the car broke on one of the fastest sections of track in F1.

"I went out after lunch and on the back straight heading towards Parabolica something broke on the left front of the car and I crashed," said Zonta.

"There was nothing I could do. It is difficult to know why the car is breaking in the tests and not during race weekends but it's quite difficult for me when I get back into the car after something happens.

"We tried some different pieces in the car at Monza and they didn't work and something broke. I was unlucky because it was me in the cockpit again.

Zonta was lucky to escape with his life when his car failed at thre April Silverstone test at 180mph at Stowe corner - where Michael Schumacher broke his leg last year - and his car somersaulted an eight foot fence before he came to rest in a no-go area.

But he said there were no lasting effects from his Monza accident.

"I was just as fast when I got back into the car.

"On the straight you wonder if the car is safe and you never know if the same thing is going to happen again.

"But it's my job to test things so I have to accept the risk."

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