Mexico City: Arie Luyendyk Friday notes

Arie Luyendyk jr was the first to go out for A1 Team Netherlands in the two times 25 minute Rookie session. In the first half Luyendyk jr., with his father watching the A1 Team Netherlands Rookie's performance closely, managed to set a seventh ...

Arie Luyendyk jr was the first to go out for A1 Team Netherlands in the two times 25 minute Rookie session. In the first half Luyendyk jr., with his father watching the A1 Team Netherlands Rookie's performance closely, managed to set a seventh fastest time. In the second half of the session Arie jr. was not able to further improve on his time, the car suffered a lot from understeer.

The new chicane already promises a lot of spectacle for both races on Sunday and will also be a key factor during qualifying tomorrow . A lot of drivers overshot on braking when entering the right-left combination, which is also blind on entry, and were forced to cut the chicane.

Arie Luyendyk jr.: "It was a great track to drive. The beginning of the rookie session there was so much dirt on the track but after an engine install and brake bedding I was able to put together one flying lap good for 7th in Rookie Session 1. Rookie Session 2 was very difficult because even though the track was gaining grip the car seemed to suffer from a lot of understeer and the car was unstable over the bumps. We made changes but over all the car needed to improve over those areas. As far as sector times goes we should of been 10th but in the end with finding the right balance and putting a good lap together I did not improve and fell to 14th. I am still happy with the first session but I may have been to hard on the front tires in the first practice because the degradation really hindered a potentially good run."

-credit: arieluyendyk.com

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