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Race 1 Selected Quotes - Imola

Giorgio Pantano, Super Nova: "I am very happy about what we achieved today - the team worked very hard and the car felt great - I am just so disappointed that I led the race for nothing. We will see what happens tomorrow - I know the car goes well, so I have a good chance of getting some points."

Ryan Sharp, DPR: "I had the same brake problems as everyone but my car felt otherwise pretty good before I stopped - I passed Bruni and Jani, so it's a bit of a shame. We just had a problem with the electronics and that was that."

Alfonso de Orleans Borbon, Racing Engineering Principal: "The race was pretty decent so I'm relatively happy. I think the most improved driver out there was Neel - he had a great race, has a lot of courage, and we'll see good things from him in the future. Borja was unlucky because he just lost his brakes - it went softer and softer and eventually they were just gone."

Mick Cook, Arden International Technical Director: "The race was okay for us - we had a little bit of luck with Carroll and his stop go penalty, but certainly Heikki did a good job. I think it's clear that the guys who handled their brake problems the best were the ones who did well. Of course we were unlucky with Nicolas - we started the car in the pitlane and it just blew all of the oil out. We've got to take a look at it, but it seems to have been an oil system failure."

Adam Carroll, Super Nova: "The car felt great and the team did a really good job today, everybody worked well together and the car was quick. Unfortunately I got a little excited and sped in the pits, which cost me a race win or at least second place. I'm in fourth position for tomorrow's race and I feel in good shape - I am looking forward to it."

Gianmaria Bruni, Coloni: "The race was hard at the start because I found Fauzy and lost ten seconds behind him, so I stopped and then later I found him again! I think I did the fastest lap on old tyres so at least I know I was pretty quick until I lost two gears for the last few minutes. But at least the speed is there, and I'm quite happy."

Nelson Piquet Jr, Hitech Piquet: "I had problems at the beginning, in the middle and at the end of that race, and so far everything that could have gone wrong this weekend has gone wrong. At the beginning I felt a problem with the clutch and I couldn't put the car in gear so I ended up at the back of the grid. When I came in for the second pitstop I had to cut off the engine because of the clutch and the team then had problems taking the tyres off the car. Then at the end the brakes went, the rear wheels locked up and it was all over for me. I have to try to take something positive though, and I was really quick, I made up so many places through the race and had the fastest lap right up until the end when Viso got a quicker time."

Paolo Coloni, Coloni Principal: "I was happy to find the end of the race with both cars, and I think the strategy was good - you could see a few of the others started to copy us! I was hoping we'd get a safety car when another car stopped on the track - if that happened Gimmi would have won for sure. It's just a shame that some of the other drivers don't seem to care so much about everyone else - Fauzy was a big problem today."

David Sears, Super Nova Principal: "What a fantastic race we had today, with both drivers capable of winning the race. Giorgio led the race but on his first pit stop someone walked in front of his car and delayed him from leaving the pits, although he recovered well to lead the race again. Despite pressure from Kovalainen, Giorgio would have won the race comfortably until he had a complete brake failure two laps before the end, luckily retiring without damage. Adam was penalised and eventually finished in fifth place, however without this penalty he would of won the race just ahead of Kovalainen. The most important thing is both drivers know they are capable of winning races."

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