sweltering conditions at Interlagos today. The session only began in earnest at 1315hrs as most teams were happy to bide their time, waiting for the right moment to go out. The OrangeArrows team is disappointed to be lining up on the grid for...
sweltering conditions at Interlagos today. The session only began in earnest at 1315hrs as most teams were happy to bide their time, waiting for the right moment to go out.
The OrangeArrows team is disappointed to be lining up on the grid for the race in 18th (Heinz-Harald Frentzen) and 21st (Enrique Bernoldi) positions. Both drivers were unable to achieve optimum qualifying set-ups on the A23s.
"We couldn't achieve the necessary balance today. Missing most of the second practice session this morning after stalling doesn't help as that is the time you do your fine tuning for qualifying. It only accounts for a few tenths of a second but that would have made a lot of difference today. We were basically fighting against understeer and oversteer in each of the four runs. We need to analyse why we have this problem more here than we did in Malaysia or Australia"
"Naturally I am disappointed to be so low down the grid in front of my home crowd. We were able to steadily improve the car throughout this morning's practice sessions and qualifying itself but we just couldn't get the balance right for Interlagos. Let's hope we have a better day tomorrow."
Mike Coughlan, Technical Director, OrangeArrows
"Needless to say, we are not happy with the result. We knew we were in for a fight today but to be so far down the grid is not good at all. We struggled to get the cars balanced for this track and now have a lot of work to do to make sure the cars are competitive in race trim."
Weather: Hot and sunny.
Maximum ambient temperature 31C
Best Time: 1:15.112
Chassis No.: A23-01
Best Time: 1:15.355
Chassis No.: A23-02