Canadian GP: Minardi Saturday notes

MONTREAL, CANADA, June 8, 2002 - Despite never having raced at the challenging Circuit Gilles Villeneuve before, KL Minardi Asiatech drivers Mark Webber and Alex Yoong this afternoon both qualified comfortably for tomorrow's Canadian Grand Prix.

MONTREAL, CANADA, June 8, 2002 - Despite never having raced at the challenging Circuit Gilles Villeneuve before, KL Minardi Asiatech drivers Mark Webber and Alex Yoong this afternoon both qualified comfortably for tomorrow's Canadian Grand Prix. Webber's best lap time of 1 min 15.508 secs may ultimately have netted him only 21st place on the grid, but such was the competitiveness of the session that he was less than one second adrift of a top-10 qualifying position. Yoong unfortunately suffered a gearbox problem on his final run of the afternoon and was unable to set the sort of time of which he was undoubtedly capable. Both drivers have made good progress with their race set-ups, however, and are looking forward to performing competitively in tomorrow's event.

Mark Webber
"It was a pretty good qualifying session for us, and that was the maximum that we could take out of our package here. It would have been nice to get Allan (McNish), but it just wasn't on today. The guys again did a very good job and I believe we are on the right tyres for tomorrow's race. We sacrificed a little bit today by not picking the softer ones, but hopefully we'll be rewarded in tomorrow's race with a stable car."

Alex Yoong
"I made a mistake on my first two runs, and on the third, the time was not great, but then I felt I could have improved a lot on the fourth. Unfortunately, the gearbox broke at the beginning of the last run, and that ended any chance of setting a better time. Nevertheless, we are on the harder compound tyre for tomorrow, and I think we can have a good race."

Paul Stoddart, Team Principal
"Despite bringing up the back of the grid for tomorrow's Canadian Grand Prix, the KL Minardi Asiatech drivers put in a solid performance during this afternoon's qualifying session, where there turned out to be less than one second between P9 and P21. While showing how competitive Formula One is, it also demonstrates what a good job the team is doing with its resources compared with many of its rivals. Mark put in his usual solid performance, and we're confident that, but for a gearbox problem, Alex's last run would have seen him close the gap to those ahead of him."

The Asiatech view
The Asiatech engines' reliability during today's practice sessions helped both KL Minardi Asiatech drivers to qualify for tomorrow's Canadian Grand Prix.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Mark Webber , Alex Yoong , Gilles Villeneuve , Paul Stoddart
Teams Minardi