Lucky Strike B.A.R Honda's Olivier Panis enjoyed a positive free practice session today in which he completed 54 laps and finished in 10th position. Team-mate Jacques Villeneuve ended the day 15th. Olivier Panis "The team did a very good day's...
Lucky Strike B.A.R Honda's Olivier Panis enjoyed a positive free practice session today in which he completed 54 laps and finished in 10th position. Team-mate Jacques Villeneuve ended the day 15th.
"The team did a very good day's work today so I'm quite pleased. I was able to put in a lot of laps again and we changed the car slightly after each run and managed to keep improving throughout both sessions. 10th isn't too bad for a Friday and we've ended the day in a good position to prepare for qualifying."
"The track was very dusty today but it will obviously improve tomorrow and I'm sure we'll be able to get more from the tyres. We have the new engine today but we should have more power when we use it for qualifying tomorrow. I think it will be an interesting race on Sunday because of the changes to the first section. I don't really understand why they've changed it like this but, anyway, we have to work with it and see how things go."
"We spent a lot of time working with the tyres today and we didn't get to spend enough time on set-up. I wasn't that happy with the way the car felt this morning. We worked on the car quite a bit in between and improved it a little. It was better towards the end of the second session but we're still not quick enough. We still have a lot of work to do before qualifying tomorrow."
"It's hard to say where we are at the moment but I guess we're expecting a similar qualifying performance to Montreal. Then we just have to make the most of whatever opportunities the race presents. The first corner is going to determine a lot I think. It's bumpy, it doesn't have very good rhythm and it's going to be very hectic with 22 cars going into it and braking late."
David Richards, Team Principal
"As always, you can't read a lot into the times that Friday produces but nonetheless, we are continuing the progress made in Canada whilst at the same time integrating Honda's new engine for the first time. The drivers feel there is more to come tomorrow, which will hopefully lead to top 10 qualifying positions for both of them."
Jacques Villeneuve: BAR004/09
Best lap time: 1:34.522 (39 laps)
Olivier Panis: BAR004/08
Best lap time: 1:33.921 (54 laps)