Jordan Grand Prix started its usual Friday technical programme for this weekend's European Grand Prix at the NÃ¼rburgring, which consisted of fine-tuning of the chassis and evaluation of different types of Bridgestone tyres. Franck Montagny...
Jordan Grand Prix started its usual Friday technical programme for this weekend's European Grand Prix at the Nürburgring, which consisted of fine-tuning of the chassis and evaluation of different types of Bridgestone tyres.
Franck Montagny joined the two race drivers today and spent much of the allocated time of the opening day acclimatising himself to the levels of performance and handling available as well as testing tyres.
Both Narain Karthikeyan and Tiago Monteiro spun in the afternoon, which made them lose some track time but managed to finish in 20t h and 24t h position respectively. All three drivers, however, provided useful feedback to their engineers at the end of the two sessions and the team now looks forward to making further useful progress tomorrow.
"I did not have a very good afternoon session, as I hit a cone and slightly damaged my car and then I had a small spin. I have spent most of the two sessions learning the layout, as again this is a circuit I have never been on. We have made some changes to the car that we had not tried before and I am quite happy with the progress we are making."
"It was two good sessions today. This afternoon, we have tried different things from this morning and I am satisfied with what we have done and the direction we are going in, as we are very close to a good set-up. Compared to other teams, we are better here so it looks quite good. We will make our tyre choice tonight and prepare for tomorrow's final practice session and qualifying."
"It was a good day even if I expected it to be a little bit easier. After the first session, I have realised we had a lot of work to do on the car. The second session went much better. I have had a very good impression of the team. People are listening to me and therefore we were able to make some changes to the car."
"I had a few problems adapting myself to the car as I have never driven it before and this was quite different from what I know and what I am used to. However, I am very happy with this experience today."
Trevor Carlin, Sporting director:
"We had a very productive day today. Franck Montagny gave us another opinion on where we are with the chassis and the tyres and he did a very good job. Moreover, we have made some good progress on the Bridgestone tyres."
"Narain Karthikeyan had a few moments: he damaged the car when he hit a cone, then he had a little spin. His laps were therefore very limited. Tiago did a very professional job and we are very pleased so far."
Practice session 1: 16th, 1:37.021, 19 laps
Practice session 2: 20th, 1:34.702, 17 laps
Practice session 1: 18th, 1:37.474, 16 laps
Practice session 2: 24th, 1:36.702, 8 laps
Practice session 1: 20th, 1:37.725, 23 laps
Practice session 2: 17th, 1:34.090, 27 laps