Handling problems puzzle Pescarolo Sport in first qualifying session Harold Primat and Pescarolo Sport were left scratching their heads after the first qualifying session at Le Mans on Wednesday evening as they struggled to find the consistency...
Handling problems puzzle Pescarolo Sport in first qualifying session
Harold Primat and Pescarolo Sport were left scratching their heads after the first qualifying session at Le Mans on Wednesday evening as they struggled to find the consistency enjoyed at the recent official test day.
A best time of 3:38.753s saw the no.17 Pescarolo-Judd lying 13th on the provisional grid for the Le Mans 24 Hours and the team needing to improve the car's set-up and hoping the wet weather clears on Thursday in time for the next phase of qualifying.
Geneva-based driver Harold Primat admitted he and the team were bemused as to why the handling problems had struck. "The behaviour of the car has changed a lot since the official test day and that is strange because we are basically using the same set-up. There seems to be some problem that we are missing and we need to find out what it is. However the team should have a better idea of what is happening today because the guys have worked hard to find what's going on."
However, Harold admitted that the prospect of rain was a worrying one as the team needed some dry running to improve the set-up.
"We need some dry time tomorrow to improve the feeling of the car because we're some way off where we were at the test 15 days ago. We don't want too much rain during the evening because we need time to find the set-up we want and that is very hard to do in the wet."
Chief engineer Andre De Cortanze also admitted to being perplexed by the problems suffered. "Unfortunately none of the drivers are happy with the car and all three of them are reporting the same problems. The fact that they are all saying the same confirms to me that our troubles are technical and not human. It's very strange though because the 17 car is set up in exactly the same way as the 16 and yet one is suffering from oversteer and the other from understeer! We will have to work hard to find a solution today."