The promise demonstrated by Jordan Ford in this morning's free practice was not realised in qualifying, with Giancarlo Fisichella and Ralph Firman limited to 16th and 19th positions on the grid. Fisichella and Firman were satisfied with the car's...
The promise demonstrated by Jordan Ford in this morning's free practice was not realised in qualifying, with Giancarlo Fisichella and Ralph Firman limited to 16th and 19th positions on the grid. Fisichella and Firman were satisfied with the car's balance in the free practice session, during which track conditions were wet, however in this afternoon's dry qualifying session, both drivers locked up the brakes at the first corner, impairing performance for the remainder of the lap.
"Obviously it's been a very frustrating qualifying session. I went into turn one and locked up the front tyres in a big way and lost the line. Then it happened again just under the bridge and I went into the grass, losing quite a lot of time. I am very disappointed because maybe with a good lap I had the possibility to be in the top 10. Anyway the race is a long one, so we'll see."
"That was disappointing. I had a good day yesterday but clearly today was not so good. I locked up the wheels at the first corner and then had a flat spot on the tyre all the way round the circuit. We'll have to try our best in the race and wait and see what happens."
Gary Anderson, Director of race and test engineering:
"Both drivers made mistakes at the first corner and when you do that you lose everything because you're under pressure trying to play catch-up for the rest of the lap. When you flat spot the front tyres the brakes don't work right afterwards so it's not good to do it at the beginning of the lap. I don't really know what to say other than it didn't turn out the way we wanted it to. We'll see what happens tomorrow with fuel strategies and just do the best we can."
CHASSIS NUMBER: EJ13-04
CHASSIS NUMBER: EJ13-03