Valencia: Friday free practice report

Super Zuber Among the leading drivers since yesterday morning, Andreas Zuber (Carlin Motorsport) was quickest outright in today's free practice. At the end of the two sessions, the Austrian topped the timesheets, ahead of Adrian Valles (Pons ...

Super Zuber

Among the leading drivers since yesterday morning, Andreas Zuber (Carlin Motorsport) was quickest outright in today's free practice. At the end of the two sessions, the Austrian topped the timesheets, ahead of Adrian Valles (Pons Racing) and Colin Fleming (Jenzer Motorsport).

Andreas Zuber (Carlin Motorsport): "We worked hard preparing for qualifying and for the race. My engineer and the team have done a great job which has enabled me to be among the leading drivers since yesterday. I'm aiming to be in the first three in qualifying -- I need to score some good points this weekend."

Colin Fleming (Jenzer Motorsport): "Things are just getting better and better, the car set-up is good. I can't wait to start a race for the first time this season."

Eric Salignon (Cram Competition): "We didn't have any problems over the last couple of days. We have had time to get everything in place. I'm aiming for a win this weekend!"

Tristan Gommendy (KTR): "The traffic is very difficult to manage. I couldn't get a clear run at the track for seven consecutive laps and then I didn't have enough petrol left to go for a quick lap. We have the potential for be fighting for the lead and to lap in 1'21''8."

Markus Winkelhock (Draco Multiracing USA): "It's very close between the drivers, I'm pleased with my times. We worked well in preparation for qualifying even though we didn't put new tyres on the car."

Felix Porteiro (Epsilon Euskadi): "I would love to finish well here in front of my home fans. I'm putting the team under pressure to find that extra tenth of a second that would allow me to compete with the leading drivers."

Simon Pagenaud (DHG Saulnier Racing): "We weren't very good on Thursday morning but we have improved the set-up since then. I'm pleased and feel confident of being able to involved in things at the head of the field. I hope to qualify on the first two rows. And if I finish even higher on the grid than that, well, so much the better!"

Enrico Toccacelo (Victory Engineering): "I have never driven here before. Qualifying is going to be key because there aren't many places to overtake. We tried out a lot of things on the car's set-up today and I think that we managed to find a good balance."

Robert Kubica (Epsilon Euskadi): "I didn't have the chance to take full advantage of my new tyres due to the red flags, but the most important time to lap well will be in tomorrow's qualifying sessions."

Giorgio Mondini (Eurointernational): "We had a bit of difficulty getting the car set-up right. It was good this morning but we had some gearbox problems this afternoon. This is the most difficult start to a season I've ever had in my career, it's particularly hard after winning the Formula Renault V6 title last year. We're making progress, however, and are much closer than at Zolder."

Damien Pasini (Cram Competition): "We were in the mix this morning but the car's performance tailed off this afternoon in the heat."

Raffaele Giammaria (DAMS): "The car is fun to drive, but I still need more practice with it. My last track outing goes back to some winter testing with the old Dallara-Nissan car. The most difficult aspect is getting used to the carbon brakes. I'll be treating this first race as if it was additional testing."

-wsr-

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Series Formula V8 3.5
Drivers Colin Fleming , Eric Salignon , Raffaele Giammaria , Tristan Gommendy , Robert Kubica , Markus Winkelhock , Felix Porteiro , Damien Pasini , Giorgio Mondini , Andreas Zuber , Simon Pagenaud
Teams DAMS , Carlin , Jenzer Motorsport