McNish Apologises to Raikkonen Over Spilt Oil
|By Atlas F1||Sunday, July 21st 2002, 15:31 GMT|
Scot Allan McNish apologised to McLaren's Kimi Raikkonen after the Finn ran over the oil spilt from his Toyota, losing the lead of the French Grand Prix on Sunday.
With five laps to go, Raikkonen approached the Adelaide hairpin followed closely by Ferrari's Michael Schumacher but ran over the oil from McNish's spun Toyota and ran wide, making room for the German driver to take the inside line and take the lead of the race.
McNish, who was running in ninth place when his engine broke down, said he was sorry to ruin Raikkonen's chances of scoring his first Formula One win.
"Today's race was generally okay," said McNish. "However we struggled continuously with lack of grip. I had a problem on my first pit-stop when the left front wheel would not go on. I suffered with quite a lot understeer on my second set of tyres. The third set was better and I was making up ground when my car had an engine failure.
"I am sorry that the oil my engine left on the track caused Kimi Raikkonen to miss out on what would have been his first F1 victory, but at the same time I am pleased for Michael getting his 5th title."