Briatore aiming for close competition

After some initial problems adapting the R23 to the Nürburgring, Jarno Trulli and Fernando Alonso yesterday managed to dial out the understeer that had been affecting them, setting the 6th and 8th-fastest times respectively in yesterday's ...

After some initial problems adapting the R23 to the Nürburgring, Jarno Trulli and Fernando Alonso yesterday managed to dial out the understeer that had been affecting them, setting the 6th and 8th-fastest times respectively in yesterday's qualifying session.

"We are happy," said Managing Director Flavio Briatore. "The team has worked hard this weekend, because on Friday, the car was not as fast as we had expected. We have understood the problems and are pleased with the result in qualifying."

What were the problems? "To summarise, we were having difficulty getting the tyres working properly," explained Flavio. "We are usually the only team able to use the softer Michelin tyre, although this weekend, we have seen that the R23 is more competitive on a heavier fuel load. Furthermore, we had too much understeer. In the end though, given our positions on the grid, we are not in a bad position! It will be hotter today as well, and that will favour our tyres."

Today's strategies should be fairly similar from one team to another. "I think everybody will be making two stops," continues Flavio. "I think McLaren are running with a little more fuel than everybody else. They should stop last, just after us. As for Ferrari and Williams, I think they will be stopping before us. Once again, we are going to be very close to our rivals in terms of overall performance."

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Fernando Alonso , Flavio Briatore
Teams Ferrari , McLaren , Williams