Free practice session

1 - Klaus Ludwig "It's a great feeling to be fastest, but it had to happen today, as I had a tin of Red Bull before the session started... Hopefully the weekend continues, as it started today. This would make me so happy, you can't imagine. I'm sure, we will be faster tomorrow, than we were today."

6 - Kurt Thiim "I'm not very happy, as I have to see the race director because of some trouble with a red flag. And, concerning this session, I have to say: It's all very close, 15 cars within one single second. But my car must be good, if I can do a lap as fast as I did."

7 - Alessandro Nannini "We did a lot of testing in the last few weeks and learned a lot about the car. Today I had some brake problems, but these problems will be solved tomorrow. I definitely won't make a prediction for the weekend but I feel quite confident."

9 - Manuel Reuter "I was quite fast and the car seems to be competitive. But then the throttle stuck. Fortunately this didn't happen in a corner and I could return to the pits without incident."

15 - Dario Franchitti "I don't like this track very much, it reminds me of a car park. Nevertheless, Im driving here and I'm going to be fast, although we haven't found a very good set-up for tomorrow."

26 - Giancarlo Fisichella "The Nrburgring and Mugello are much more beautiful than this track, but for me it's a lot of fun to drive here. I enjoy it. I'm also happy with my car and with my lap time. So, let's wait and see what the weekend brings."

19 - Michael Bartels "We had some brake problems, which took some time to be solved. There are some other things which have to be improved, and I've got to learn to use the sequential gearbox, which I'm using for the first time."

10 - Yannick Dalmas "I'm so happy that I got the possibility to race again after the one month break. Today I had to accustom myself to the track which is very bumpy indeed. If you ask me, I prefer permanent race tracks, but I've had no problems here."

20 - JJ Lehto "At the end of the straight the track became bumpy, the car became very twitchy and I touched the wall with the rear left. As the car can't be repaired in time for the rest of today's session, I'll go and have another shower."