The OrangeArrows team had a promising qualifying session at the Circuit de Catalunya today, taking its first top ten grid position of the year. Both Heinz-Harald Frentzen and Enrique Bernoldi made steady progress throughout the hour, even though...
The OrangeArrows team had a promising qualifying session at the Circuit de Catalunya today, taking its first top ten grid position of the year. Both Heinz-Harald Frentzen and Enrique Bernoldi made steady progress throughout the hour, even though one of Heinz-Harald's runs was almost scuppered by a red flag incident involving a Minardi car 11 minutes before the end.
Heinz-Harald and Enrique will line up in 10th and 14th positions respectively on the grid for the 2002 Spanish Grand Prix.
"Top ten is great for the team and I'm pleased because the boys all did a very good job today. The improvements we made at Silverstone have helped us to find the right direction so I'm very happy with the result. Results like this also help to lift the team. We have showed that both cars are competitive here and, as our race pace is still stronger than our qualifying pace, we're hopeful of a good day tomorrow."
"Well I had a pretty good day today. The car was generally well balanced, I had a touch of understeer but nothing major. The session went to plan and we improved the car for every run. Fourteenth is my best qualifying position so far so I'm happy with that and very much looking forward to having a good run tomorrow."
Mike Coughlan, Technical Director, OrangeArrows
"Well we knew we had to beat one of the top five teams to get into the top ten and I have to say that I'm surprised it was a Sauber. We have shown our competitiveness all weekend and both drivers did a very good job today. The Bridgestone tyres certainly look very strong for the race so we're optimistic."
Weather: Overcast but warm.
Maximum ambient temperature 21C.
Best Time: 1:18.121
Chassis No: A23-01
T-Car Chassis: A23-02
Best Time: 1:18.515
Chassis No: A23-03