Eastern Creek: Team France Friday report

France finds good early speed in Australia Friday, February 02, 2007 - The seventh round of the 2006-07 A1GP takes place at Eastern Creek (Australia) this weekend. A1 Team France rookie driver Loic Duval clocked the fifth fastest time during the...

France finds good early speed in Australia

Friday, February 02, 2007 - The seventh round of the 2006-07 A1GP takes place at Eastern Creek (Australia) this weekend. A1 Team France rookie driver Loic Duval clocked the fifth fastest time during the rookie session (1.37.822) after completing 22 laps in the very wet conditions.

Duval went much faster in the afternoon's official practice session when conditions had improved to finish second overall in 1.19.410, just behind New Zealand's Jonny Reid (1.19.223).

Loic Duval commented, "I first saw the track on Thursday afternoon with my engineers. It was dry during our inspection and I had no idea that it would be so wet for the rookie session. The 12 turns are quite challenging. There are 2 to 3 blind curves that are really exciting. Overall I like the lay out. It is nice and hilly too. It is fast and the first left corner is flat out. I did not push in the morning in the wet as I just wanted to a feel of the situation. I do hope that it will remain dry for the rest of the week-end. We managed to get some good preparation done and a valid set-up for the rest of the weekend. If it remains dry, we are well into our working schedule."

Eric Boullier, Managing Director A 1 Team France commented: "We used the two 25-minute morning sessions to familiarise Loic with the track and to work for the first time of the season with Loic on a wet-set-up. The track dried towards the end of the day and we were able to validate our data. But a slight mistake cost us the fastest time. We have one more session tomorrow before the vital qualifying session on the track where we did so well last year."

-credit: team france

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Series A1GP
Drivers Loic Duval , Jonny Reid