Brazilian GP Stewart-Ford Friday Report

Sao Paulo, Friday 9th April, 1999 STEWART-FORD NOTES & QUOTES Brazilian Grand Prix: Free Practice Rubens Barrichello clocked the sixth fastest time in today's practice for his home Grand Prix. He covered a total of 28 laps and...

Sao Paulo, Friday 9th April, 1999

STEWART-FORD NOTES & QUOTES Brazilian Grand Prix: Free Practice

Rubens Barrichello clocked the sixth fastest time in today's practice for his home Grand Prix. He covered a total of 28 laps and was consistently in the top six during the second practice session. Johnny Herbert managed 24 laps and was 13th fastest. His running was restricted due to hydraulics failure towards the end of the second session.

Both hour long sessions took place amid intermittent showers and the drivers could only run on slick tyres during the second practice.

RUBENS BARRICHELLO Car No.16 (SF3-04)

'I'm happy with the way the car is running particularly on heavy fuel tanks and pleased with the improvements we were able to make during the day. The weather was very typical of Interlagos so to be in the top six at the end of the session means that we are in pretty good shape.'

JOHNNY HERBERT Car No.17 (SF3-03)

'It was unfortunate to have the hydraulic problem during the second session when it was mostly dry. The balance of the car is very good and I'm generally pleased with the car considering the limited amount of running I was able to do. I'm sure with a bit of work on the set-up tomorrow we can move up a few places.'

PAUL STEWART, SGP Deputy Chairman

'Overall we are pleased with what we achieved today. We maybe could have got more out of the first session had we done a run on slicks towards the end but we showed solid improvement in the second session. Rubens was consistently in the top six in the afternoon which bodes well for tomorrow. Johnny was up there as well before he was forced to stop with a hydraulic failure.'

MARTIN WHITAKER, Director, Ford Racing, Europe

'Despite the changing weather conditions we had a good day with both cars running competitively. Rubens and Johnny both worked through a number of set ups leaving the Stewart-Ford team in a good position to satisfy the objective of competing for top six qualifying positions.'

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Johnny Herbert , Rubens Barrichello