The OrangeArrows team was back on track at the Hockenheimring in Germany today. The track has been heavily revised since last year's race. The exceedingly fast straights that became Hockenheim's trademark have been dropped but the' Ring' is still...
The OrangeArrows team was back on track at the Hockenheimring in Germany today. The track has been heavily revised since last year's race. The exceedingly fast straights that became Hockenheim's trademark have been dropped but the' Ring' is still home to an extremely enthusiastic crowd of F1 supporters. Today's Free Practice sessions were the driver's first opportunity to try out the new circuit at speed.
Heinz-Harald Frentzen and Enrique Bernoldi finished the day's running in evenly-matched 10th and 11th positions.
"We had a very good Friday today with no troubles. It's good to make Friday Practice as it's an important time for collecting data. We went through our usual programme with the addition of having a new circuit to learn and I think we made good progress."
"We've had a lot of work to do today, as with the changes to the circuit, we've had to work hard on getting a good balance here. The circuit is not bad at all but I do still prefer the old one. I think there is still room for improvement tomorrow but I'm happy with the progress we made today."
Graham Taylor, Chief Race Engineer, OrangeArrows
"We got through a great deal of work today. The drivers are both competitive and very closely matched. We did a good tyre comparison but have a few balance issues to sort out before tomorrow. The opposition seemed to have a few problems whilst we had very few but we fully expect our group to be as competitive as ever. It was nice to run on the Friday and hopefully the data we gathered can be converted into performance tomorrow."
Best Time: 1:17.471
No. of laps: 40
Chassis No: A23-01
T-Car Chassis: A23-04
Best Time: 1:17.481
No. of laps: 39
Chassis No: A23-03