European GP: Jordan Saturday qualifying notes

Giancarlo Fisichella and Ralph Firman will start the European Grand Prix alongside each other on the grid tomorrow after qualifying in 13th and 14th place. Firman lost most of the second practice session's track time due to an engine problem, ...

Giancarlo Fisichella and Ralph Firman will start the European Grand Prix alongside each other on the grid tomorrow after qualifying in 13th and 14th place. Firman lost most of the second practice session's track time due to an engine problem, however the day was otherwise mechanically trouble-free.

Giancarlo Fisichella:

"Thirteenth is nothing special but we were able to improve the balance compared to this morning so it's better than it could have been. As I said yesterday, I don't think we are competitive enough. It's going to be difficult to score points in this race."

Ralph Firman:

"It was disappointing that I lost a lot of track time in practice this morning as I think it may have cost me in qualifying. We haven't had any other problems and it's worked out really well all weekend apart from that. I'm quite happy with how qualifying went although I did made a small mistake on the lap. You can never get it absolutely perfect but you can always aim to get it better and I'm looking forward to the race tomorrow. It will be interesting to see how we end up."

Gary Anderson, Director of race and test engineering:

"Qualifying didn't turn out too bad. As always it's hard to know how we compare to the rest, with different strategies, so we're just doing what we think is right for us. Having two cars side by side on the grid is reasonable, as it just shows that is the pace of the car. Ralph's come on well since the beginning of the year, to be up there almost matching Giancarlo. He's less than three tenths of a second off and I think it's a pretty creditable position. We are hoping for a nice safe first corner, a good race and some points if we are lucky."

GIANCARLO FISICHELLA
13th 1:33.553
CHASSIS NUMBER: EJ13-04

RALPH FIRMAN
14th 1:33.827
CHASSIS NUMBER: EJ13-03

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Giancarlo Fisichella , Ralph Firman , Gary Anderson
Teams Jordan