DHL Jordan Honda had a difficult qualifying session, with the ideal set-up eluding the EJ12, despite the team's best efforts to find a good balance. Both drivers commented that they had understeer problems in high-speed corners, and Giancarlo ...
DHL Jordan Honda had a difficult qualifying session, with the ideal set-up eluding the EJ12, despite the team's best efforts to find a good balance. Both drivers commented that they had understeer problems in high-speed corners, and Giancarlo Fisichella's best lap time was ruined by traffic.
"We had a difficult qualifying session today, with quite a few problems. We found the best set-up compromise was to use scrubbed front and new rear tyres, but one of the front ones had a flat spot on one of my runs. We put on new tyres and it seemed fairly good but I think the scrubbed front set-up was quicker. At the very end of the session I was doing my quickest lap, which I believe would have put me in the top 10 or 12, and I was held up by Frentzen moving quite slowly. I don't know why, but he wouldn't move out of the way and that held me up."
"That was a tough qualifying. We struggled to get the right balance with oversteer and understeer. We've got warm-up time tomorrow but there's a fair bit of work to do. My time is only about a tenth of a second away from Giancarlo's so there wasn't a lot more to come."
GARY ANDERSON DIRECTOR OF RACE AND TEST TEAM ENGINEERING
"I thought we would have done better than that. We changed the engine on Giancarlo's car before the qualifying session, and the track conditions were difficult. We just couldn't really get it right. This is where we are roughly, though, within two tenths of a second. We need to work a bit harder to move forward, I'm afraid - that's life".
The T car is set up for Giancarlo Fisichella for tomorrow's race.
Sato to race historic Grand Prix car Takuma Sato will drive Graham Hill's 1968 and 1969 Monaco-winning Lotus 49B/R10 in the 3rd Grand Prix de Monaco Historique on 19 May, a week before his F1 debut at the famous street circuit.
Takuma is looking forward to his first Monaco driving experience, having enjoyed a short test drive at Hethel, Norfolk, last week: "This car is really great, I enjoyed it so much! The engine note sounds fantastic and I was excited to use a classic H-pattern manual gearbox as well. It feels so sweet and looks incredible. I thought before that it would be a real handful and difficult to drive, but really, it is so nice and responsive."
GIANCARLO FISICHELLA P15 - 1.09.901
CHASSIS NUMBER 5
TAKUMA SATO P18 - 1.10.058
CHASSIS NUMBER 3