US GP: Robert Doornbos Friday practice notes

ROBERT DOORNBOS IMPRESSES AT INDIANAPOLIS MOTOR SPEEDWAY! INDIANAPOLIS -- After a four week break, Robert Doornbos showed immediate pace during today's Free Practise sessions ahead of the United States Grand Prix. The test- and reserve driver of...

ROBERT DOORNBOS IMPRESSES AT INDIANAPOLIS MOTOR SPEEDWAY!

INDIANAPOLIS -- After a four week break, Robert Doornbos showed immediate pace during today's Free Practise sessions ahead of the United States Grand Prix. The test- and reserve driver of Jordan Grand Prix drove the most laps (63) of all drivers at the 4.195 kilometer long Indianapolis Motor Speedway in which he was also again faster as his teammates Narain Karthikeyan and Tiago Monteiro. Doornbos fastest laptime of 1:13.361 eventually handed him a deserving 18th position.

As the infield of this renowned circuit is hardly used during the season, most drivers used the opening Free Practise session to 'clean' the track and to increase the overall griplevel. Robert Doornbos, who is back behind the wheel of Jordan Grand Prix' third car after a four week break since the Monaco Grand Prix, also used this one-hour lasting session to get acquainted with the circuit and to find a good set-up for his EJ15. By lapping the Indianapolis Motor Speedway 36 times between 11:00 and 12:00 hours local time, the 22-year old Dutchman also gathered valuable information for both his team as the engineers of Bridgestone and Toyota.

As Indianapolis offers the longest straight of all venues among the 2005 Formula One calender, Doornbos started his afternoon session by testing some aerodynamic adjustments to the front wing of his car. Next to this, the 2004 FIA International F3000 Rookie of the Year also drove two long stints of 12 laps each on both the hard and the soft compound Bridgestone tyres, as all teams are prescribed to choose one of these by Friday afternoon to use exclusively for the remainder of the weekend. Doornbos' fastest laptime of 1:13.361, which he set halfway the session, appeared to be out of reach for his teammates Karthikeyan and Monteiro later on in Free Practise 02. Therefore the talented youngster could again finish the day as the fastest driver of the Russian/Canadian outfit!

ROBERT DOORNBOS: "It feels good to be back in the car. As it was already a month ago since I drove the car for the last time, I was somewhat cautious in Free Practise 01, but soon went 'flat out' in the afternoon session. Experience is everything. Not only did I learn much again today, also the team was able to get a better judgement on what tyres to use this weekend with my feedback. I'm satisfied about my results and I hope the team can continue the great job they have done today for the remainder of the weekend!"

-www.robertdoornbos.com

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Tiago Monteiro , Robert Doornbos
Teams Jordan