French GP: Jordan Saturday qualifying notes

Giancarlo Fisichella and Ralph Firman line up in 17th and 18th places on the grid for tomorrow's French Grand Prix. Both drivers experienced low grip levels and oversteer however they are hopeful that the team's strategy will offer a competitive...

Giancarlo Fisichella and Ralph Firman line up in 17th and 18th places on the grid for tomorrow's French Grand Prix. Both drivers experienced low grip levels and oversteer however they are hopeful that the team's strategy will offer a competitive chance in the race.

Giancarlo Fisichella:

"Well, I made a mistake in my lap but without it I would probably have been in the same position anyway. We are nearly three seconds slower than the pole position time which I'm obviously not happy about. We need something more, a big step forward as I'm not really feeling confident. I am very disappointed, but at least we're not on the last row."

Ralph Firman:

"As the circuit picks up grip we've had a lot more oversteer. I made a slight mistake in the last sector but I don't think it affected my position. It's difficult to know what strategies other people are on, maybe ours will help us. We'll have to wait and see how we go tomorrow."

Gary Anderson, Director of race and test engineering:

"With our strategy we weren't expecting to qualify very high and we're just hoping everyone else is doing five stops! Poor grip has been the story of our weekend and at this type of track it's grip that matters. Every corner depends on it, as it's all reasonably high speed and it has a slippery surface especially when it is hot. We just haven't got the grip and we're not quick enough, it's quite simple. From a team point of view, it's disappointing and we're going through a stage when we have to work harder."

GIANCARLO FISICHELLA
17th 1:18.431
CHASSIS NUMBER: EJ13-04

RALPH FIRMAN
18th 1:18.514
CHASSIS NUMBER: EJ13-03

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