BARCELONA, SPAIN, April 27, 2002 -- After what turned out to be action-packed practice and qualifying sessions for the KL Minardi Asiatech team, drivers Mark Webber and Alex Yoong will line up 21st and 22nd for tomorrow's Spanish Grand Prix. The...
BARCELONA, SPAIN, April 27, 2002 -- After what turned out to be action-packed practice and qualifying sessions for the KL Minardi Asiatech team, drivers Mark Webber and Alex Yoong will line up 21st and 22nd for tomorrow's Spanish Grand Prix. The problems began when Webber suffered a front wing assembly failure during his first run of the morning, which precluded any further running of his car and led the team to investigate extensively the reason for the problem. As the team had brought two specifications of front wing to Barcelona, it was decided to withdraw the earlier type, which had failed.
During the afternoon qualifying session, Yoong suffered a non-related front wing incident after heavily impacting the infamous Circuit de Catalunya curbs. At this point, the decision was taken that neither car should continue with qualifying until a full investigation had been carried out. After a technical review of both assemblies, KL Minardi Asiatech has now dispatched all the front wings to its factory in Italy, where a modification will be carried out overnight prior to the team's cars competing in tomorrow's Spanish Grand Prix.
"The car ran well yesterday and I was looking forward to a very productive Saturday when, on the first flying lap of the morning, my car suffered a front wing failure. The team immediately withdrew that specification of front wing. We then made good progress in qualifying; however, the team's decision not to take any further part in qualifying after Alex's incident and to send parts back to the factory for modification was undoubtedly the correct one. It's a shame, though, because I know I could have gone quicker on my last run."
ALEX YOONG Position 22nd
"I'm actually disappointed today because there was a lot of time still to come from the car. Unfortunately, we missed the first half of the session with an electrical problem, and I don't mind admitting I was worried, as effectively I had only one qualifying run this afternoon, my first one, which was really intended to be a 'banker'. Anyway, we made the race and now I'm looking forward to tomorrow."
PAUL STODDART, Team Principal, KL Minardi Asiatech
"The front wing failure on Mark's car today and the subsequent failure on Alex's car, though not related, have caused me to make the decision to carry out an extensive modification on the components concerned at our Faenza factory overnight. While this is a precautionary measure, as we feel the problem with Alex's car was due to impact damage with the curb, I believe it is the only responsible course of action for the team to take. It's times like this where it helps to have an airline at your disposal, and I'm confident that, despite the necessity for Faenza personnel to work all night, we will be able to take part in tomorrow's warm-up and race. I'm proud of the effort Mark and Alex put in today, both of them recording their best times of the weekend in the most difficult of circumstances."
THE ASIATECH VIEW
The Asiatech engines performed impeccably in both morning practice and qualifying, playing their part in helping both KL Minardi Asiatech drivers prepare for tomorrow's Spanish Grand Prix.
Fastest lap 1 min 19.802 sec
Fastest lap 1 min 21.415 sec