Heinz-Harald Frentzen - P10 - 1'25''860 - 37 laps : "Today we had two productive and reliable practice session in which we have been able to work efficiently and in the right direction. However, I do not feel a hundred per cent satisfied yet, as...
- P10 - 1'25''860 - 37 laps :
"Today we had two productive and reliable practice session in which we have been able to work efficiently and in the right direction. However, I do not feel a hundred per cent satisfied yet, as we are still struggling with a strong oversteer. The pain is that I really feel I can be quick and the potential of the car is definitely here. But we must erase this understeer to be really competitive and today we were a bit at the limit of the changes we could do on the car to cure it. So our focus this afternoon will be to try and find the best possible balance for tomorrow."
- P20 - 1'27''662 - 29 laps
"One of my main goals today was to stay as long as possible on the track, and I am happy that I could almost complete the two sessions without any particular problem, apart from riding on a kerb which slightly damaged the floor of my car at the end of this morning's practice. This afternoon, we chose to stop by precaution ten minutes before the end, because I saw the oil temperature alarm was on, and we did not want to risk an engine failure. Overall, I never pushed too hard today because I did not want to make a mistake. We have quite a lot of work to do to improve the balance of my car which we will do this afternoon with the engineers, but I feel confident and positive after this first day. Tomorrow I will try my best to improve my times and position!"
Alain Prost :
"Considering the fact that we have never tested on this track this year, we can be relatively satisfied with the work done today. We have seen that we can have a good level of performance here but also that we have a lot to do regarding set-up and tyre choice. Despite the understeer we are currently suffering from, I am confident that Heinz-Harald will be in a position to optimise the car by tomorrow afternoon. Tomas did well for his first practice with us on a Grand Prix weekend. We did not expect too much from him today in terms of performance and wanted to let him getting more acquainted to the car. We will make the best of the two practice sessions tomorrow morning for both Heinz-Harald and Tomas, and we feel rather positive at the moment."