The 2005 Grand Prix of Bahrain got underway today with teams participating in two hour-long free practice sessions. David Coulthard: "I had a trouble free day with no problems on the car while working to finding the set up and making the tyre...
The 2005 Grand Prix of Bahrain got underway today with teams participating in two hour-long free practice sessions.
"I had a trouble free day with no problems on the car while working to finding the set up and making the tyre choice, which seams pretty clear cut. As usual lap times on Friday do not mean very much but I think we still have some work to up our pace."
"The session was pretty o.k. The car seems well suited to the track. We did a tyre comparison between soft and hard compounds today and it is quite clear what to take. I think the session was successful but it was very difficult to drive off line. We finished our full programme, so I think it was a good day overall. But for tomorrow we are a little bit further behind than in the first two races so we have to start from there and see what we can do to get better."
"We finally finished a complete session as we did a lot of laps, which is good for the team. This morning I had to learn the circuit as it is my first time in Bahrain. The track was quite sandy and dirty which made it a bit difficult. Then later this afternoon we had new tyres but I could not go too quickly as there was a lot of traffic. But after that we improved a lot and the lap times improved."
Gunther Steiner, Technical director:
"We had a good session this afternoon -- no real problems. We did several laps and learned about the tyres choice -- which is a clear decision. I think we are a little bit off the pace compared to Australia. This morning we had a small throttle problem on Tonio's car on his last run, but we were able to sort it out immediately."
Chassis Number: 2
Best Time 1st Session: 1:34.984, Laps: 8
Best Time 2nd Session: 1.33.708, Laps: 21
Chassis Number: 1
Best Time 1st Session: 1:34.722, Laps: 8
Best Time 2nd Session: 1:33.436, Laps: 25
Chassis Number: 3
Best Time 1st Session: 1:32.509, Laps: 17
Best Time 2nd Session: 1:32.319, Laps: 30