カナダGP Live TimingのBARに関するコメント
リタイアしたドライバーを紹介するときに、maybe Sato とか still Sato とかなってるのがちょっとおもしろいですね。
Button is carefully controlling the pace to make sure he doesn't need to spend too long on the grid...
A very slow formation lap - Button leads them back on the grid.
A short run int turn 1 - Button moves across but the Renaults make an excellent start - Alonso leads Fisichella.
Button just failed to get away quickly and dropped to third by the first corner.
Sato has a brief off-track excursion but rejoins unscathed.
Lap 15 - Button pits in from P3 - another early stop. So both he and Michael Schumacher were indeed running light in qualifying.
Lap 17 - Sato pits from P9 in the BAR.
Lap 22- Sato pits in for his second stop - has his BAR got a problem? And Sato retires from the pitlane - his car pushed into the garage - that's the first retirement of the afternoon.
Lap 29 - Button is running P5, a further 3.8 seconds down, but we think that he's on a three-stop strategy.
Lap 32 - we hear Sato could yet rejoin the race with gearbox components taken from the spare BAR, in order to give him a better qualifying slot for the next round at Indianapolis.
Lap 38 - Retirements so far - Fisichella, Karthikeyan and - maybe - Sato, although we understand that BAR intend to send their man out again with a fresh gearbox.
Lap 41 - Alonso's retirement lifts Button back into a podium position and lifts Ralf into the points.
Lap 44 - retirements so far - Alonso, Fisichella, Karthikeyan and - still - Sato... will the BAR be rejoining after all?
Lap 45 - Michel Schumacher is closing rapidly on the back of Jenson Button's BAR - just 1.7 seconds separate the pair now.
Lap 47 - Sato "unretires" and rejoins the race from last pace - 24 laps down on the leader!
Lap 48 - Button puts his car into the wall at the final corner - he is out of the race!
His front right wheel was taken off by the force of the impact.
Lap 60 - Sato has rejoined the race with a new gearbox after an earlier failure - although he's still 24 laps adrift.
The BAR team's plan is to keep him running so as to improve qualifying position for the US Grand Prix.
Lat 65 - Sato's race is over - he is stationary with smoke pouring from with the rear of the car - all that work for nothing.
It looks from replay as if his transmission locked up, spinning him out.
Sato's smouldering car is lifted clear from the track - that makes him the first driver we can remember to retire from the same race twice...