After a long day of work, the new F111 managed to get onto the Albert Park track. Engineers and mechanics saw their long hours of work rewarded when the car made it out towards the end of the second practice session, albeit for one lap. The team now focuses on getting some mileage done tomorrow in order to gather up more information on the F111 with the aim of completing the third practice session and qualifying with both cars.
Vitantonio Liuzzi came onto the track sporting a Japan flag on the bargeboard of the F111. Hispania Racing will pay tribute to the victims of the earthquake in this manner for the whole weekend.
“The team made a great effort today. Tomorrow we can have a normal day, with both cars running on the track. Tomorrow will be another day of hard work and hopefully more progress. As for today, I must thank the whole team for their effort and hard work, they did a great job. I am very proud of them”.
“Even though we only did one lap today, it is very important for us to have put the F111 into action. It’s been a big effort from everybody, the mechanics and engineers have worked day and night to get the car ready. It’s very positive to have the car on the ground and we now have some numbers to work on for tomorrow. We are looking forward to tomorrow as it is our first chance to put in some laps together and get some information on the car”.
“Everybody is working hard trying to put things into place. With new cars there are always bound to be problems. We have everything here, but just to trim parts and fit them into a car is a time consuming process. Unfortunately we lost a day today, so I think it’s going to be a tough weekend undoubtedly but at least we have made some progress”.