European GP: Minardi Friday notes

PROGRESS DESPITE A GLITCH OR TWO KL Minardi Asiatech drivers Mark Webber and Alex Yoong spent the first day of the European Grand Prix weekend getting to grips with the new layout of the Nurburgring. After walking the circuit last night ...

PROGRESS DESPITE A GLITCH OR TWO

KL Minardi Asiatech drivers Mark Webber and Alex Yoong spent the first day of the European Grand Prix weekend getting to grips with the new layout of the Nurburgring. After walking the circuit last night to familiarise themselves with the changes, both men attacked the track in earnest today while working through the normal technical assessment and chassis set-up programmes that are the norm on the opening day of a Grand Prix weekend.

The one-hour morning practice session was trouble free for both drivers, but Mark lost time in the garage early in the second session, while a suspension problem on his car was rectified, and Alex's efforts were curtailed at the 42-minute mark by an engine problem. Despite this, the team made good technical progress during the day and looks forward to improving further tomorrow.

MARK WEBBER

"We had a pretty good day, working through our normal technical programme, and also went through a tyre assessment for Michelin. The guys did a great job sorting a problem with the rear of the car early in the second session, although we did lose a bit of track time as a result. We're looking forward to making further progress tomorrow."

ALEX YOONG

"Everything was going smoothly until we had a mechanical problem just over halfway through the afternoon session, and therefore were not able to try the new tyres. The Nurburgring was always a bit of a 'go-kart' circuit, but now, in its latest form, it really is just that, the new corners making it even tighter and twistier than before. Personally, I don't like it, but we just concentrated on working through our technical programme today and will aim to make more progress tomorrow."

PAUL STODDART, Team Principal

"Like every other Formula One team here this weekend, the challenge for KL Minardi Asiatech was to learn the new layout of the Nurburgring. Both drivers acclimatised to this during the first session, which was completed without problem. Mark suffered a technical problem at the start of the second session, however, and the mechanics did an excellent work to repair the car as quickly as they did and get him back on the track."

"While his technical programme was delayed slightly as a result, we were very pleased with his lap times today, and there is undoubtedly more to come tomorrow. Sadly, Alex suffered an engine problem later in the session, which hindered his progress, but he will undoubtedly make up for lost ground tomorrow."

THE ASIATECH VIEW

Mixed fortunes for Asiatech in today's practice for the European Grand Prix. If the morning session was trouble-free for both drivers, Alex Yoong's car suffered an engine problem in the afternoon.


MARK WEBBER
Position:20th
Fastest lap 1min 35.372 secs
Chassis PS02/04 (No.23)


ALEX YOONG
Position:22nd
Fastest lap: 1min 37.503 secs
Chassis PS02/03 (No.22)


PS02/01 - Spare

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Mark Webber , Alex Yoong
Teams Minardi