New livery, new driver and new season. All of this was linked to the participation of the Czech team during the opening day of the first A1GP test for the upcoming season 2007/2008. Nineteen years old Erik Janis, the lead driver of the team, was...
New livery, new driver and new season. All of this was linked to the participation of the Czech team during the opening day of the first A1GP test for the upcoming season 2007/2008. Nineteen years old Erik Janis, the lead driver of the team, was learning everything. Jan Charouz, just few months older but more experienced with the A1GP, was on hand to help him with learning. Neither of them was focused on lap times. The Czech team tried to find the right setup for the third season and the newcomer was getting used to the most powerful car that he has ever driven.
Erik Janis got more time behind the wheel. Everything was new to him. Speed, g-forces and power of 550 PS. The only thing he had known before the test was the track where he raced in the FIA GT3. The test continues tomorrow. Drivers of 22 nations will be running from 10:00 to 13:30 and 15:00 to 18:00 CET. Live timing is available on the official website www.a1gp.com
Erik Janis: "It was excellent, great, amazing. I am really thrilled. It is not about the top speed but the main thing is how the car is glued to the track. The first corner, which is taken flat, brings a great experience. My neck is a bit sore but it just a matter of time and I will be fully used to it. I was happy that I was improving step by step. I was able to do the same lap times on old tyres at the end like I had done on new ones at the beginning. However, I still learning. Jan helped me with the setup and I felt it immediately. I spent one hour with my brother Jarek and engineer and we analyzed data. I tried to find mistakes. I was loosing half a second at one corner. The biggest margin for improvements is at slow corners. The quick ones are almost okay. I can hardly wait for another go tomorrow."
Jan Charouz: "It was quite a reasonable. I drove a singleseater after a while and I enjoyed it. We worked well with Erik and I am looking forward to drive again tomorrow. I ran mainly on old tyres today and the times reflected it. I take today's and tomorrow's laps as a good preparation for the Le Mans Series race in September where I will drive our Lola/Judd. We are using different layout during this test but it is still a good practice."
Antonin Charouz, seat holder: "I am happy. Both our driver did a good job. Lap times were not our priority. Erik is a real rookie he had not driven the car before the test started, so he has been learning everything. Jan's task was to check the car and to tell Erik remarks about setup. That was the main focus today and we have a similar plan for tomorrow. We want to have two drivers prepared at the same level just in case of need. For example, it can happen that Erik will have an offer from GP2 or different championship or one of the boys will be sick. I am even not ready to say who set the fastest time. We are really focused on the best possible preparation."
-credit: team czech republic