The Minardi F1 Team today joined the major test under way at the Autodromo Nazionale di Monza ahead of next weekend's Italian Grand Prix. The Faenza squad has allocated a single Minardi Cosworth PS05 chassis to the planned two-day session, with ...
The Minardi F1 Team today joined the major test under way at the Autodromo Nazionale di Monza ahead of next weekend's Italian Grand Prix. The Faenza squad has allocated a single Minardi Cosworth PS05 chassis to the planned two-day session, with Robert Doornbos driving today, and team mate, Christijan Albers, at the wheel on Friday.
Recently, the team has made good progress with the PS05 chassis, which was introduced in April, at the San Marino Grand Prix. The purpose of the test is to work on developing a suitable chassis set-up for the Monza circuit, and to that end, Minardi technical personnel are also taking the opportunity to assess several new aerodynamic components relevant to this high-speed track.
"I was really looking forward to spending a full day testing with the Minardi team, and was determined that we should get the best out of it. I think we have done just that. We had the opportunity to work with the team in a different way from race weekends, when there is more pressure. "
"Now we can sit down and have a good look at the data. It has also been useful for me personally, as I know the track pretty well now, after 79 laps. We have developed a good set-up for the car, so thanks to all the guys. Everyone looks happy, and so am I."
Massimo Rivola, Sporting Director and Team Manager:
"I think we've had a very good first day at this test. We were able to complete many laps, with Robert driving at an extremely consistent pace, which is exactly what was required. As a result, we have acquired considerable useful aerodynamic and tyre data."
"In that regard, we would like to thank Bridgestone for once again providing us with a good choice of tyres. We made some excellent progress this afternoon, especially considering the fuel load and engine mode we were using. We were also impressed with Robert's physical condition at the end of a hard day's testing - it is clearly very good. Finally, a special word of thanks goes to the Minardi personnel."
"It is unbelievable to think they only arrived at Monza at 8pm yesterday, and we were able to go out on track with the car at 9am today. The guys did an amazing job to set up the garage completely overnight, so thanks very much to all of them. It has been a great team effort. Bravi ragazzi!"
Best lap: 1 min 24.796 secs
Total laps: 79