Tomorrow's Infineon Grand Prix of Sonoma will surely see some exciting passes and manoeuvres from the Ferrari 550 Maranellos as today's qualifying session has unfortunately not given the team the grid positions it was hoping for. Jan Magnussen...
Tomorrow's Infineon Grand Prix of Sonoma will surely see some exciting passes and manoeuvres from the Ferrari 550 Maranellos as today's qualifying session has unfortunately not given the team the grid positions it was hoping for. Jan Magnussen will start 3rd in class, on the 9th row of the grid, while Tomas Enge will start almost at the back of the field, two rows behind the Corvette of Fellows and O'Connell which also became the victim of the same set of circumstances.
The Care Racing supported Prodrive Ferrari team elected to wait for a time in the pits after the start of the session because of sand on the track due to an incident at the end of the previous session, and almost ten minutes had elapsed before Magnussen in the #80 car ventured out. He only managed to complete one 'out' lap before the session was red flagged. The delay before starting again was considerable and the IMSA officials elected not to add any time to the session to make it up to the full 20 minutes expected. A little over one minute remained for the Dane and Tomas Enge (in car 88) to set a qualifying time so the chequered flag came out almost immediately and the times did not prove possible.
Jan Magnussen (DK), car #80: "I am so disappointed. We were finally getting somewhere, learning the car, with things coming together and it's been ruined by stuff we are not in control of."
Tomas Enge (CZ), car #88: "Well I can't really say anything about the qualifying as we didn't get even one lap in. We will just try very hard to have a quick and clean race without any problems, and I am looking forward to battling through the field. We will try to finish as well as we can."
George Howard-Chappell, Team Principal: "We accept the fact that there is a risk of red flags and that sessions might not be extended, and that's a risk we chose to take. However, we are really very disappointed that - in this case - the qualifying session was not extended as it massively reduces the show we and our competitors can potentially put on for the Series and the fans. "