NURBURGRING, GERMANY, June 22, 2001 Under Cloudy Skies NURBURGRING, GERMANY, June 22, 2001 - The weather in the Eifel region of Germany may have been unseasonably cold and windy during the first day of practice for Sunday's Grand Prix of...
NURBURGRING, GERMANY, June 22, 2001
Under Cloudy Skies
NURBURGRING, GERMANY, June 22, 2001 - The weather in the Eifel region of Germany may have been unseasonably cold and windy during the first day of practice for Sunday's Grand Prix of Europe, but European Minardi F1 driver, Fernando Alonso, still registered a lap time nearly seven-tenths of a second quicker than the best recorded by the team on Friday at last year's event. Team mate, Tarso Marques, unfortunately lost the whole of today's opening session with a difficult-to-trace electrical problem. This was rectified before the afternoon session commenced, however, and the Brazilian was then able to start working on fine-tuning the balance of his car. Both drivers were able to compare the two tyre compounds being provided by Michelin for this weekend's race and reported making satisfactory progress with chassis balance during the course of the day. <pre> FERNANDO ALONSO Position 21st Fastest lap 1:min 20.183 sec </pre> "It turned out to be a profitable day as we managed to work through our programme, which was focused particularly on trying one or two new things on the car. Our interest was not in setting quick lap times, but in testing these possible technical solutions. We have obtained a good result from today's free practice and will obviously try to improve further tomorrow." <pre> TARSO MARQUES Position 22nd Fastest lap 1 min 21.129 sec </pre> "It was a shame to lose the whole of the first session with an electrical problem because I was looking forward to testing some new items today, among them, revised brake and throttle pedals. The second session turned out to be decidedly better, although I came out of the pits a bit late. During the afternoon session, we made steady improvement, which was pleasing. The balance of the car is not yet ideal, but I believe we are going in the right direction."
PAUL STODDART, Team Principal, European Minardi F1
"The European Minardi team completed a useful day, despite losing the whole of the first session on Tarso's car as the result of an electrical problem. The team worked on set-up for tomorrow, with Fernando in 17th place for much of the second session. Tarso used the time this afternoon to acclimatise to the circuit and also to work on chassis set-up. As usual, we did not elect to run in qualifying trim today, so the true picture of where we are in relation to our rivals will become clearer tomorrow." <pre> Chassis allocation PS01/04 - Tarso Marques (No 20) PS01/03 - Fernando Alonso (No 21) PS01/01 - Spare
- European Minardi