Australian GP Friday Benetton notes

March 10 2000 Alexander Wurz (chassis B200-03) -- 8th Giancarlo Fisichella (chassis B200-02) -- 13th Summary: Changing circuit conditions made set-up evaluation difficult, but by the end of the second session a good balance had been achieved...

March 10 2000

Alexander Wurz (chassis B200-03) -- 8th Giancarlo Fisichella (chassis B200-02) -- 13th

Summary: Changing circuit conditions made set-up evaluation difficult, but by the end of the second session a good balance had been achieved on both cars. The day was dedicated to working on race set-up.

The first day was dedicated to learning about the new circuit in race set-up. The track was wet at the beginning of the morning session, but dried out quickly. In the morning Fisichella wasn't able to run on the dry track because of an engine problem.

Alexander Wurz :

"This was a good first Friday of the season for me. We didn't have any major problems with the car so we were able to concentrate on set-up in both sessions. We need to find more grip and the rear is a little unstable. The circuit conditions improved during the day as more rubber went down but this meant the tyres went down quicker and also the temperature increased so this made it quite hard to see what the changes were."

Giancarlo Fisichella :

"We have tried lots of different things with the set-up today and we have taken a big step forward since this morning. This morning the circuit was very slippery and quite dirty so it was hard to get a clear idea of the car's performance but this improved in the afternoon session. I am fairly happy with the balance and we have managed to find more grip in the second session, but ideally we still need to find more."

Pat Symonds, Technical Director :

"It is nice to be back in competition again eventhough, as always, for the first session of the year it is quite difficult adapting to the new conditions. In general the cars ran very well today and we did some good solid work. Initially the balance wasn't great and we seemed to suffer from a lack of grip before the circuit rubbered in, but towards the end of the session the engineers and drivers had managed to get a reasonable compromise."

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Giancarlo Fisichella , Alexander Wurz
Teams Benetton