DHL Jordan Honda drivers Giancarlo Fisichella and Takuma Sato qualified 9th and 15th (respectively) for the Malaysian Grand Prix. Fisichella repeated the solid qualifying performance which he produced in Melbourne to once again qualify in the top...
DHL Jordan Honda drivers Giancarlo Fisichella and Takuma Sato qualified 9th and 15th (respectively) for the Malaysian Grand Prix. Fisichella repeated the solid qualifying performance which he produced in Melbourne to once again qualify in the top ten. Sato, who did not have a full qualifying session in the opening round of the World Championship in Australia, enjoyed his first competitive session at the Sepang circuit.
"Today was a pretty good performance. Our target was to be in the top eight and we are just outside that, so I am happy. The balance of the car was good throughout the qualifying hour and we made very few set up changes. I made some mistakes on the last runs so might have been able to improve on the lap time a little, but basically I think we found the limit today. The first goal for tomorrow is to finish the race, and to do so in the points would be fantastic."
"After the problems we had in Melbourne, this was my first real experience of Formula One qualifying and I am relatively satisfied with the performance. My first run was good; the car felt well balanced and everything went without any problems. I managed to improve on the time in my third run, but traffic and a mistake on my part spoiled the second and fourth outings. But overall I am quite happy and very much looking forward to building on today's performance in tomorrow's race."
GARY ANDERSON, DIRECTOR OF RACE AND TEST ENGINEERING
"Today's result gives an honest representation of where we lie in the field at the moment. Both drivers did a good job; Giancarlo was again consistent, his result is one place away from his P8 in Melbourne and the same time away from pole, so I think he's getting the most he can out of the car. Takuma did a good job for his first qualifying. His first run was very good, and although he did a better time on his third outing, he didn't build on it as much as he might have done, but that will undoubtedly come with greater experience. I am particularly happy that the cars have run for two days without any problems."
CHASSIS NUMBER 4
CHASSIS NUMBER 3
The T car is set for Giancarlo Fisichella for tomorrow's race