A1 TEAM MALAYSIA DEBUTS IN A1GP'S FIRST OFFICIAL TEST Silverstone, U.K. - Thursday, 4th Aug 2005 - A1 TEAM MALAYSIA broke cover for the first time at A1 GRAND PRIX's first official test held at Britain's Silverstone circuit yesterday amongst 15...
A1 TEAM MALAYSIA DEBUTS IN A1GP'S FIRST OFFICIAL TEST
Silverstone, U.K. - Thursday, 4th Aug 2005 - A1 TEAM MALAYSIA broke cover for the first time at A1 GRAND PRIX's first official test held at Britain's Silverstone circuit yesterday amongst 15 A1GP teams appearing at the famous circuit.
"It was a very positive day all round," said Alex Yoong who was at the wheel of the A1 Team Malaysia car. "As we did not take delivery of the car until late last week and had a lot to do in preparation for the running of the car, today's focus was primarily on a shake-down and systems check session. Only later did I start to put my foot down a bit. We ran the car unpainted in its 'bare' form to ensure we had time to properly prepare the car. We will have the car painted into its scheme in time for when we run in France later in August."
The first day's test was incident free and Yoong declared himself ready for the challenge, adding, "I was a little concerned about being out of a single seater race car for some time as I was racing in the V8s in Australia but, after 10 laps, I felt as if I had never really left racing a single seater, so I'm quite pleased with how the day has gone for the team today. We are looking forward to getting out on to the track tomorrow with new tyres and starting to put the car slowly but surely through its paces."
Yoong added, "The team members are also starting to get to know and work with each other well. That's so important at this level of motorsport. I, of course, need to have confidence in how they have prepared the car and they need to have confidence that I will do justice to their hard work. As the car has been so late in delivery to us, the technical team worked to 0400 this morning to ensure we were on track on time. I am grateful to them for that kind of application and enthusiasm. Things are going well."
When asked what the focus will be on for the second day, Yoong explained, "Tomorrow we will be slowly increasing the speed we run at and sometime, probably later on in the day, we will start to put in some lengthy sessions, increasing the numbers of laps we do between stops. We will also be changing the setup of the car significantly so we can start to really understand the way the car works. Its all part and parcel of getting to know then understand this new car."
A1 Team Malaysia completed a total of 40 laps during today's afternoon session on Silverstone's short circuit.
The Silverstone tests will continue on today (Thursday) before moving to Paul Ricard circuit later this month.
Fairuz Fauzy, who is back in Malaysia for a break after a hectic few weeks racing with his GP2 team, will be sharing test duties at Paul Ricard circuit alongside Yoong. At that test, the team is expected to carry out a full race simulation in preparation for the first round of the championship, slated for September 25 at Brands hatch, UK.