Mika Salo impresses in first Tyrrell test

Official PR From Tyrrell Racing Organisation Limited For immediate release: 18 January 1995 On his first test drive with the Tyrrell Yamaha Formula 1 team, Finland's Mika Salo performed impressively today, despite unseasonal rain storms which...

Official PR From Tyrrell Racing Organisation Limited For immediate release: 18 January 1995

On his first test drive with the Tyrrell Yamaha Formula 1 team, Finland's Mika Salo performed impressively today, despite unseasonal rain storms which swept across southern Spain's Jerez circuit.

The 28-year old from Helsinki completed 53 laps at the wheel of a 1994 Tyrrell Yamaha 022 powered by a 3.5 litre Yamaha V10 engine. Salo's best lap time for the 4.428 kms circuit, which remained damp all day, was 1 min 29.87 sec, using an H-specification power unit as he familiarised himself with the strange circuit.

"Mika did a very good job and we are very pleased with his feedback" commented Mike Gascoyne, Deputy Technical Director, Tyrrell. "He made no mistakes and impressed us with his calm approach in difficult, changing weather conditions".

Mika joined Ukyo Katayama for the first of four scheduled days testing - the Tyrrell Yamaha team's Japanese ace returning to the track where he finished such a close 7th in last October's European Grand Prix.

This time Ukyo was putting more test miles on Yamaha's new 3-litre VlO, 1995 engine, fitted to a 1994 022 chassis. The engine performed faultlessly all day and Ukyo logged 47 laps, recording a best lap time of I min 30.33 sec. "Ukyo was working on the electronic mapping of the new engine which showed excellent reliability and good drivability" concluded Mike Gascoyne.

The Tyrrell Yamaha team will continue its intensive test programme tomorrow, when dry but cloudy weather is forecast. Overnight, one car will be fined with a more powerful K specification version of the 3.5-litre Yamaha engine and the other car will be fitted with 1995 suspension components currently undergoing development for the new 023 car.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Mika Salo , Ukyo Katayama , Mike Gascoyne