Yesterday's rain gave way to sunshine and warm temperatures prior to Saturday's final qualifying session for the Brazilian Grand Prix. European Minardi Cosworth drivers Jos Verstappen and Justin Wilson made good use of the vastly improved track ...
Yesterday's rain gave way to sunshine and warm temperatures prior to Saturday's final qualifying session for the Brazilian Grand Prix. European Minardi Cosworth drivers Jos Verstappen and Justin Wilson made good use of the vastly improved track conditions at the Autodromo José Carlos Pace, continuing with the chassis set-up work they commenced during Friday's morning test session.
In addition, both men carried out tyre comparison runs and evaluated different aerodynamic configurations on the European Minardi PS03 chassis. Their hard work may not have been reflected in the final grid positions - Verstappen starts tomorrow's Grand Prix from 19th position, and Wilson from 20th - but both drivers have shown themselves to be gritty racers, and the team therefore remains optimistic for a strong result in Brazil.
"It wasn't a perfect lap - the first sector wasn't bad, but we struggled a little in the second, as we have for the last two days. At the end of the day, though, we're about where we felt we would be in qualifying. The Bridgestone tyres are holding up well, and I think we have a good race strategy, so I'm happy with our prospects for tomorrow's race."
"I was quite pleased with this afternoon's qualifying run. There were no problems and I drove a pretty clean lap. The time is certainly acceptable for the fuel load we were carrying. All told, we've had a productive day technically, and I'm looking forward to a good race tomorrow."
Paul Stoddart, Team Principal, European Minardi Cosworth
"Today's performance by the European Minardi Cosworth team in near-perfect weather conditions didn't secure quite the grid positions we would have liked, but we're convinced our race strategy is a good one. Both drivers completed their full technical programmes and the cars ran faultlessly all day long, so we think we're in good shape for tomorrow's Grand Prix."
Chassis: (No 19) PS03/01
Best lap 1 min 16.542 secs
Chassis: (No 18) PS03/04
Best lap 1 min 16.586 secs