German GP: Minardi Saturday qualifying notes

The Minardi F1 Team's all-Dutch driver line-up of Christijan Albers and Robert Doornbos today continued their strong run of form at the Hockenheimring, scene of Sunday's German Grand Prix. Albers put in another strong performance, his lap of 1...

The Minardi F1 Team's all-Dutch driver line-up of Christijan Albers and Robert Doornbos today continued their strong run of form at the Hockenheimring, scene of Sunday's German Grand Prix.

Albers put in another strong performance, his lap of 1 min 17. 519 secs securing 16th place on the grid, while new team mate, Doornbos, produced a controlled and pacey drive in his first experience of a Formula One qualifying session to take the 17th position.

Saturday morning's two Free Practice sessions also gave a clear indication of the Faenza squad's improved form, the fastest lap time recorded representing an improvement of nearly one and a half seconds compared with the team's best at Hockenheim last year.

Christijan Albers:

"I think I did a reasonable lap in qualifying and produced a good time, so I'm quite happy with today's performance. We will see how we go tomorrow, but I think we have a reasonable set-up for the race."

Robert Doornbos:

"It was easy to wake up this morning, knowing that I would be driving today. The qualifying was pretty exciting, like the first day at school. I was a bit nervous about trying to make a clean lap, but it went fine, and now I'm very interested to see how our strategy works tomorrow."

"I'm looking forward to my first race in Formula One, and will be putting 100 per cent effort into doing a good job, both for the team and for myself. It's going to be another exciting adventure."

Paul Stoddart, Team Principal, Minardi Cosworth:

"Today saw both Minardi drivers put in stunning efforts with substantial fuel loads to record 16th and 17th places on the grid for tomorrow's German Grand Prix. Both drivers were on the pace throughout the morning sessions, and as a result of the technical improvements from the team, the Minardi Cosworth PS05 is showing continued progress race on race. We now look forward to tomorrow."

CHRISTIJAN ALBERS
Chassis: PS05/01
Best lap: 1 min 17.519 secs
Position: 16th

ROBERT DOORNBOS
Chassis: PS05/02
Best lap: 1 min 18.313 secs
Position: 17th

-minardi-

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Christijan Albers , Paul Stoddart , Robert Doornbos
Teams Minardi