DHL Jordan Honda was able to carry out most of its programme in today's practice, despite both drivers having minor `offs' and Fisichella's engine failing at the end of the day. Between sessions, the floor of Fisichella's car was replaced...
DHL Jordan Honda was able to carry out most of its programme in today's practice, despite both drivers having minor `offs' and Fisichella's engine failing at the end of the day. Between sessions, the floor of Fisichella's car was replaced following damage sustained when his EJ12 ran onto the gravel during the first session.
"This is the first time I have started a Grand Prix weekend with no disadvantage to everyone else, in terms of knowing the track. It is new for us all which makes it quite fair. We were quite competitive this morning, even on the greasy slippery surface. But as the circuit itself got more grip, somehow we dropped a tiny bit. It's difficult to interpret the times because it's a new circuit and you don't know whether teams are running with more or less fuel than us. I am fairly optimistic for tomorrow because the car's handling is much better and I feel I can push hard."
"The circuit looks very different from the original Hockenheim track. My initial view is that it is nice, smooth and quite wide. It's enjoyable to drive, with a good long straight and quite an impressive opportunity to overtake at the hairpin."
"There was nothing special about today. I had an engine blow at the end, and unfortunately it was on a run with new tyres. We still have a few problems with understeer on new tyres and oversteer on scrubbed tyres, so we still have to work on finding the best set-up for tomorrow."
"The new circuit is completely different. There are a few bumps, especially in braking for the two hairpins. But I quite like it and enjoy driving here."
GARY ANDERSON, DIRECTOR OF RACE AND TEST ENGINEERING
"We were working on back-to-back tyre testing today and it's clear that we still have a bit of set-up work to do. We had no major dramas. Giancarlo had an engine failure at the end, but he only lost two or three laps so it was no great penalty. Quite a straightforward day really."
The T car is set up for Giancarlo Fisichella for tomorrow's qualifying.
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