An interrupted qualifying session at the A1-Ring this afternoon saw the two OrangeArrows cars finish in 11th and 12th positions. Heinz-Harald Frentzen suffered a high-speed spin after running over the oil from Jarno Trulli's retired Renault.
An interrupted qualifying session at the A1-Ring this afternoon saw the two OrangeArrows cars finish in 11th and 12th positions. Heinz-Harald Frentzen suffered a high-speed spin after running over the oil from Jarno Trulli's retired Renault. Rejoining the session, still in his race car, Heinz managed to qualify his A23 in 11th spot. Enrique Bernoldi's 12th position is his highest qualifying result to date.
"I lost my rhythm slightly after the spin on Trulli's oil. I got the car back to the pits and, after changing a few parts, could get on with the session. The car was definitely a lot better by the end of the session but like everybody else I had traffic trouble. Unfortunately I stopped Enrique on his last flying lap. My fault, and I have apologised. Looking forward to tomorrow now as, although we should have both been in the top ten today, our positions are no disgrace."
"At the end of the day 12th place is a good result - my best yet. I'm still disappointed a bit though as we could have been in the top ten today. We improved the car a lot from this morning's sessions and I was pretty happy with the balance. I enjoy racing here so tomorrow should be fun."
Mike Coughlan, Technical Director, OrangeArrows
"I'm disappointed as we should have had both cars in the top ten. Heinz was held up on what would have been a very good lap at the end of the session. To be fair though, traffic was a problem for everyone today. We're all looking forward to tomorrow though as we have good balance on fuel and old tyres. We also have the upgraded Cosworth engine for the race here as well as qualifying so it will be interesting to see how we get on."
Best Time: 1:09.671
Chassis No: A23-01
Best Time: 1:09.723
Chassis No: A23-03