Jordan Grand Prix's preparations got underway today at MontrÃ©al's Circuit Gilles Villeneuve for Sunday's race. The usual programme consisted of tyre evaluation and set-up work to suit the circuit characteristics. A small hydraulic problem in...
Jordan Grand Prix's preparations got underway today at Montréal's Circuit Gilles Villeneuve for Sunday's race. The usual programme consisted of tyre evaluation and set-up work to suit the circuit characteristics.
A small hydraulic problem in the morning session prevented Tiago Monteiro from completing more laps (5 laps). However, the problem was fixed for the second session and he set the 22nd fastest lap. Teammate, Narain Karthikeyan, spent the allocated time to learn the circuit and finished in 20t h position, despite a small spin at the end of the afternoon.
"I had a productive day today at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. As I have never driven here, I had to spend quite a bit of time learning the layout but this was not too difficult. The track surface was very dusty, which does not make your job any easier. However, we did quite a considerable amount of laps and I am quite pleased with that. Now we will decide on our tyre choice for the rest of the weekend and I will do my best to improve tomorrow again."
"Today was a hard day as I lost nearly an hour this morning, due to a small hydraulic problem. Even though I know the track here for having raced in Champ Car in 2003, I still needed some running time. I pushed hard in the afternoon to make up lost time and I completed a great number of laps."
"Now we have to analyse the information we gathered and work well tonight to get a more stable car. There are so many important braking areas here, you have to be confident on the brakes and balance of the car. I am sure we will be able to manage that."
Adrian Burgess, Sporting director:
"We got through much of the programme today even though Tiago had a technical problem this morning which restricted his running and compromised his times a little bit. Narain had a silly spin at the end of the second session, which spoilt his last run. However, we were able to collect a lot of data and we are in a reasonable shape for tomorrow."
Practice session 1: 19th, 1:19.791, 21 laps
Practice session 2: 20th, 1:18.234, 28 laps
Practice session 1: 22nd, 1:23.152, 5 laps
Practice session 2: 22nd, 1:19.186, 30 laps