Monaco: Petrobras Junior Team qualifying report

The street circuit of Monte Carlo was the venue for round five of the championship. Ricardo Sperafico and Antonio Pizzonia already had the experience of racing here from last year and early on in the first session they looked as though they were...

The street circuit of Monte Carlo was the venue for round five of the championship. Ricardo Sperafico and Antonio Pizzonia already had the experience of racing here from last year and early on in the first session they looked as though they were going to have a great result, but unfortunately the luck was not with them today. Antonio was setting some quick times and went up into pole position with just over twenty minutes of the session remaining, but soon after he spun and backed into the railings and this put an end to his session, fortunately he had only dropped three places to fourth at the end of the first session and was hoping to improve on his time for the second forty five minute period. Unfortunately Antonio struggled to find a clear lap free from traffic and yellow flags and failed to go quicker, finishing in tenth place at the end of the second session. Ricardo Sperafico also set some competitive times in the first session, getting up to fourth be! fore finishing the session in sixth place. Just over a quarter of an hour into the second session Ricardo spun and had to receive some assistance to help him going again and to avoid any penalty he had to return to the pits for the remainder of the session. He finished eighth quickest. Sebastien Bourdais starts on pole ahead of Rodrigo Sperafico and Patrick Friesacher for the 45-lap race which starts at 4pm tomorrow.

Antonio Pizzonia 1:29.095 (P10)

"I was on the pace in the first session and then I crashed and couldn't finish the session. In the second session I didn't get a single clear lap, the time was there and the car felt good I was just unlucky. It is so frustrating sometimes."

Ricardo Sperafico 1:28.959 (P8)

"I was very confident when I arrived here. The first session we used to improve the car and to get to know the track again. The car was ok we just made a few adjustments for the second session. The second session was more difficult as everyone was pushing so hard and making yellow flags, to get a good lap was really hard and to get two or three clear laps was almost impossible. After a few laps I made a mistake at the hairpin, my rear wheel locked and I spun and when I tried to get back on the track I didn't find reverse and the stewards pushed me and I had to stop. I think that had I used the whole session I could have been in the top three. It's a shame as the car was good and more competitive but we just weren't lucky enough."

Team Manager - Paul Jackson

"In the first session, both Antonio and Ricardo were well on the pace and we only used one set of tyres on each car. Apart from the fact Antonio crashed we were very happy with the situation and felt we could be in contention for pole in the second session. When the second session started, Ricardo was looking very quick but just got a lot of traffic and yellow flags and then he spun and received a push from the marshals so he had to stop in the pits and not run anymore to avoid a penalty. Antonio again seemed quite happy with the car and had pace but just didn't get a clear lap either due to traffic or yellow flags and from being in a fairly happy situation, circumstances have conspired against us to put us eighth and tenth on the grid."

-pjt/cl-

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Series F3000
Drivers Antonio Pizzonia , Ricardo Sperafico , Rodrigo Sperafico , Patrick Friesacher