Jos Verstappen today ventured out onto the Sepang circuit for his first time at this track. As the pit lane lights turned green, Jos went out to gain as much track time as possible, finishing the session 28 laps later in 11th position with a lap...
Jos Verstappen today ventured out onto the Sepang circuit for his first time at this track. As the pit lane lights turned green, Jos went out to gain as much track time as possible, finishing the session 28 laps later in 11th position with a lap time of 1:41.914. Team-mate Pedro de la Rosa completed 31 laps and achieved a time of 1:42.254, placing him in 15th.
Pedro de la Rosa:
"It's like every Friday. We went out there to try different set-ups with a lot of fuel. We didn't use new tyre and saved one set for the race, but that's it really. It was quite a good session with no real problems. We just worked as a team to adjust the car to get the set-up as good as possible for qualifying and the race. It's a very difficult circuit because it's hard on tyres, but also hard for the driver because of the heat"
"First of all I had to get used to the circuit as I have never been here before so I went out straight away to learn it. I think it's a very interesting circuit to drive. At first we had a good lap time, but then we couldn't really gain any more time because we had to adjust the car in a big way as we couldn't feel any mechanical grip. Over the break we changed the car quite a lot and I think we improved it during the second session and also found a good set-up for qualifying. This morning we concentrated on a good race set-up as well but hopefully the set-up for qualifying is even better"
Steve Nielsen, Race Team Manager:
"Today is really about evaluating the tyres and making the car cool properly in the extreme temperatures, which proved to be successful. It was a good practice session, especially for Jos and he was learning the circuit".