Free Practice was not a productive as it could have been for DHL Jordan Honda. The first session was delayed by an hour and reduced to 30 minutes in duration because when the session was scheduled to begin conditions would not permit the medical...
Free Practice was not a productive as it could have been for DHL Jordan Honda. The first session was delayed by an hour and reduced to 30 minutes in duration because when the session was scheduled to begin conditions would not permit the medical helicopter to land at the nearby hospital if required. Fisichella had a suspected damper problem during the shortened first session and struggled to find a good balance during the second session, while Sato was working to improve the balance on his EJ12 before his engine failed 18 minutes before practice ended.
"During the first half hour we had a problem with the dampers and a very unstable car. The second session was better but at the moment our grip is not good and the balance is not perfect. We are struggling a little bit, but let's see what happens tomorrow."
"I was really looking forward to coming back to Spa, driving here for the first time in Formula One because I have such good memories here from Formula 3 days. In the first session we immediately had good pace. This is a great circuit and it was fantastic to drive through Eau Rouge. It was unfortunate that we only had 30 minutes for the first session and in the second session we couldn't get the car and tyre balance quite right. We were in the process of trying to improve it when the engine blew, which was a shame. We're working hard and hopefully tomorrow will be a better day."
GARY ANDERSON, DIRECTOR OF RACE AND TEST ENGINEERING
"Today was not too bad but we should have done more. The second session was a bit of a waste of time as we didn't get much accomplished with Giancarlo's car and Takuma lost a lot of time with his engine failure. But all is not lost, as we've got reasonable balance for the car and we've run some race set-up and work for tomorrow. It looks like Giancarlo had a problem with his rear damper in the first session because there was a lot of damper movement that shouldn't have been there and we changed the damper which seemed to fix it. Overall, there were no big dramas but we didn't really make good use of the time available."
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