Hardly a week after Robert Doornbos made his official Formula One 'debut' as race driver for the Minardi F1 team, the Rotterdam born driver again took place in his F1 car at the Hungaroring circuit. Robert Doornbos. Photo by...
Hardly a week after Robert Doornbos made his official Formula One 'debut' as race driver for the Minardi F1 team, the Rotterdam born driver again took place in his F1 car at the Hungaroring circuit.
In the two Free Practices of one hour each, which were held under sunny circumstances (air temperature 34?C, track temperature 47?C), the 23 year old posted a fastest time of 1:23.670, which was good for the 19th position.
At the 4,381 kilometre long track Doornbos got, additional to his regular team mate Christijan Albers, this time company from the Israeli driver Chanock Nissany, whom for the first time drove the third car of Minardi.
The first practice session between 11:00 and 12:00 was used by the Dutchman to find a good setup for his PS05 at the twisty, hilly circuit near Budapest, which hosts the Grand Prix of Hungary since 1986.
After his installation lap, Doornbos drove three runs of about 5 laps. As the session developed, the laptimes improved. At the end of the one hour session, Doornbos han 16 laps and posted a fastest time of 1:27.011 (P19).
In the afternoon session from 14:00-15:00 hours, the F3000 graduate drove 5 runs of about 5 laps each in total. Doornbos' fastest time of 1:23.670 (set at threequarter of the session) couldn't be matched by Jordan drivers Narain Karthikeyan, Tiago Monteiro and Nicolas Kiesa, which meant that both Doornbos and Albers again beat the Jordans today.
"Today I focussed especially on the set-up of the car. This morning the circuit was quite 'green' and offered little grip. Over lunch we changed the set-up of the car, which made the car feel a lot better. On new tyres I could up my game several times."
"I also practised several pit stops and practiced some starts to get more experienced in this area as well. After my experience at Hockenheim I also did some manual starts. Overall, I am very satisfied with the results. Tomorrow you may expect a good result from me in the qualifying session!"