SAO PAULO, BRAZIL, March 30, 2002 - KL Minardi Asiatech drivers Mark Webber and Alex Yoong may have qualified 20th and 22nd respectively for tomorrow's Grand Prix of Brazil, but the team derived considerable satisfaction from today's performance.
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL, March 30, 2002 - KL Minardi Asiatech drivers Mark Webber and Alex Yoong may have qualified 20th and 22nd respectively for tomorrow's Grand Prix of Brazil, but the team derived considerable satisfaction from today's performance. Both men qualified comfortably for the race, and Webber's time was less than a second shy of that required for a top-10 grid position, indicating that KL Minardi Asiatech has closed the gap to the front-running teams around the bumpy and technically demanding Interlagos circuit. KL Minardi Asiatech engineers were also very satisfied that both cars ran without any technical bothers in the hot Sao Paulo weather conditions.
"That was a good qualifying session and the boys did a great job. I could have gotten a little more out of the car at turn four, but otherwise, I was happy with my best lap this afternoon. It's a great achievement for the whole team that we are as close to the top 10 qualifiers in terms of lap times as we are, and it gives us good reason to believe we're making progress."
"This wasn't a great session from my perspective. The car was in the same trim as this morning and, on that basis, I should have been into the fifteens easily in qualifying. Unfortunately, I think the track conditions changed and left us struggling a little bit. Anyway, we'll just focus on our preparations for the race now and see how we get on tomorrow."
PAUL STODDART, Team Principal
"For Mark to be less than a second away from a top-10 qualifying position shows the team has made significant progress from our last event, in Malaysia. While we're disappointed for Alex that he didn't find the balance and handling necessary to show his true abilities today, overall we're very pleased with what has been a highly productive session for the team. I'd also like to say a personal thank you to Michelin for producing some fantastic tyres this weekend. They certainly did the job today."
THE ASIATECH VIEW
Both engines performed satisfactorily today. We now look forward to the challenge posed tomorrow by 71 laps of the punishing Interlagos circuit in what are likely to be very demanding weather conditions.
PS02/02 - Alex Yoong (No 22)
Fastest lap: 1 min 16.728 secs
PS02/01 - Mark Webber(No 23)
Fastest lap: 1 min 15.340 secs
PS02/03 - spare