EUROPEAN GRAND PRIX - FREE PRACTICE NÃ¼rburgring - 22 June 2001 Weather: Cold, cloudy, dry, air temperature 13 degrees, track temperature 16 degrees The modern day NÃ¼rburgring circuit in the Eifel forest proved a difficult track to master ...
EUROPEAN GRAND PRIX - FREE PRACTICE
Nürburgring - 22 June 2001
Weather: Cold, cloudy, dry, air temperature 13 degrees, track temperature 16 degrees
The modern day Nürburgring circuit in the Eifel forest proved a difficult track to master during today's two Free Practice sessions for the European Grand Prix. Eddie Irvine was unable to turn a wheel in anger for the whole of the first hour-long session a s a loss of fuel pressure stopped his Jaguar R2 on the circuit and he was unable to start running until the second session. The opposite applied to Pedro de la Rosa who completed plenty of laps but struggled with a lack of rear end grip. The team is findin g that choosing an optimum tyre combination for the surface is proving a real challenge. <pre> Pedro de la Rosa Position: 13th Laps: 47 Best time 1.18.473 Chassis: R2-06 T-Car chassis: R2-05 </pre> "We're slower than we expected and we know why. We are struggling for grip and after having tried both Michelin compounds we're no nearer to finding a solution at this stage. The team will obviously work hard on the chassis to try and adapt it to the tyres we have but there really isn't a great deal of grip out there. The balance of the car is fine and I'm sure we're not the only ones suffering from this problem. The temperatures have also caught us out in that it's much cooler than envisaged and this of course has impacted the tyres pressures." <pre> Eddie Irvine Position: 15th Laps: 23 Best time 1.19.503 Chassis: R2-04
"There is an extreme lack of grip on this circuit and it's also very bumpy. The rear end of the car is quite prone to stepping out and traction is being made very hard to find by the lack of grip we are suffering from. We will try and compensate for this w ith set-up changes for tomorrow. My first Free Practice session was halted because of a fuel pump problem but that's now been addressed. After having to prematurely leave the Silverstone test last week because of a neck problem, I'm also pleased to say tha t everything is back to normal working order. I have experienced no problems today and I'm keen to get on with improving today's performance."
Bobby Rahal, Chief Executive Officer & Team Principal
"It's a little early to be over critical of the tyres around here especially when you consider that the track temperature is much lower than everybody thought it would be. The car, however, is handling quite well and we now need to work out how best to ada pt it to the tyres and conditions we face. The weather is notoriously capricious here and as we saw yesterday, the track temperatures change very quickly indeed to the extent that we may well have a completely different set of circumstances to deal with to morrow. A hotter day would not go amiss."