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The free practice session for the penultimate round of the Formula One World Championship proved to be very productive for the OrangeArrows team despite a small earth tremor during the second session, as Jos Verstappen and Pedro de la Rosa worked...

The free practice session for the penultimate round of the Formula One World Championship proved to be very productive for the OrangeArrows team despite a small earth tremor during the second session, as Jos Verstappen and Pedro de la Rosa worked through various car set-ups to adapt the car to the Suzuka circuit.

Both drivers completed a good number of laps with no real car troubles, with Jos Verstappen improving his lap time by almost one and a half seconds in the second session to finish 17th with a lap time of 1:40.523. Pedro de la Rosa also significantly decreased his lap time by 2.5 seconds when putting in a last flying lap of 1.39.547 to end the practice session in 8th position.

Pedro de la Rosa:
"It was a good session. The first session involved just changing set-ups on the car to improve it for the second session and actually we did improve the car quite a lot. If I couldn't improve anymore it was because of the earth tremor!!!! Seriously though, I couldn't feel it at all, but the car felt good, although we still have to find more front end grip as that costs us a lot of time but the car seems good through the 'S' corners and the medium and high speed corners".

Jos Verstappen:
"The car wasn't running too badly on old tyres but even with new tyres on I still didn't get the gains that I should have had. We have too much understeer and especially in the first sector I lost quite a lot of time so we have some work to do for tomorrow I think".

Tom Walkinshaw:
"Both cars and set-ups went to plan. I think we have established a reasonably good race set up but still have to work hard for qualifying".

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Pedro de la Rosa , Jos Verstappen , Tom Walkinshaw