BAR Canadian free practice Olivier Panis "We've had a good first day with the new car and we've been able to put in a lot of laps again. The new aero package certainly helped us to get better grip today and the car feels a lot more stable...
BAR Canadian free practice
"We've had a good first day with the new car and we've been able to put in a lot of laps again. The new aero package certainly helped us to get better grip today and the car feels a lot more stable going into the corners, so we have to feel encouraged by that. We did a lot of work with the tyres as we usually do on a Friday but we were trying lots of other things today to ensure we know as much as possible about the car ready for tomorrow. I have to thank the team for all the hard work that has been done to get the new aero package ready for Canada, especially the people back at the factory."
"The car definitely feels better than it did previously and the new aero package gives us more stability. However, we had a different strategy to a typical Friday so our lap times today aren't that representative. Because we have a new package, it was important for us to do a comparison between high and low fuel to find out now if there is any difference in the way the car feels. That way, we don't have any surprises tomorrow. Today has been a good start with a new car but we have to be prepared for the fact that we may not look quite as competitive tomorrow. Qualifying will give us a more accurate picture of where we are compared to everybody else."
Geoffrey Willis, Technical Director
"It's always difficult to get a true picture on a Friday but so far, so good. We're pleased with where we are in terms of brakes, cooling and balance and both drivers are happy to see some improvement with the car. There's more stability and a little more mid-corner grip so we're pleased with what we've achieved today. We have to switch focus to tomorrow now when we'll get a better idea of where we are."
David Richards, Team Principal
"Today saw the first major evolution of the car this year and I'm sure it is a step in the right direction. It's a credit to all the team, particularly those back at base who worked throughout the holiday weekend to complete all the parts that will allow Jacques and Olivier to race with the new specification this weekend. It's now down to the drivers to make the best of the package."
Jacques Villeneuve: BAR004/07
Best lap time: 1:16.448 (48 laps)
Olivier Panis: BAR004/08
Best lap time: 1:16.333 (48 laps)