MUGELLO, ITALY, September 6, 2001 -- European Minardi F1 this afternoon completed a successful two-day test at the Mugello circuit, near Florence, as part of its preparations for the upcoming Italian and United States Grands Prix. Three of the ...
MUGELLO, ITALY, September 6, 2001 -- European Minardi F1 this afternoon completed a successful two-day test at the Mugello circuit, near Florence, as part of its preparations for the upcoming Italian and United States Grands Prix. Three of the Faenza team's drivers have been in action in the course of the busy session, official tester, Andrea Piccini, and new Formula One recruit, Alex Yoong, on Wednesday, and Fernando Alonso today. Yesterday's running took place in cold, wet conditions, while Thursday's lap times reflect the warm, early autumn sunshine that prevailed at Mugello during the day. The focus of the test has been on chassis set-up, suspension geometry and aerodynamic balance work, as well as continued durability testing of the new gearbox and associated components. Both Yoong and Piccini covered over 200 kms on Wednesday, while Alonso ran for 375 kms today. Late in the afternoon, the young Spaniard recorded a lap of 1 min 25.650 secs, unofficially the third fastest time of the test. Drivers and team technical staff alike expressed themselves highly satisfied with the progress made during the two days.
"This has been the best test so far. We tried some interesting solutions in several areas and the car is now very good, as the lap times today show. It really feels like we are making progress and that gives us confidence for the remaining races. I'm pleased with the way things have gone here in Mugello."
Team Manager, European Minardi F1
"This has definitely been a productive test for European Minardi and notable progress has been made sorting out a good aero balance for Monza and working on damper settings. Andrea and Alex had less-than-ideal weather conditions to contend with yesterday, but did a solid job for us, while the test also provided an excellent opportunity to fine-tune Alex's comfort in the car ahead of the Italian Grand Prix. Fernando made the most of today's warm, sunny conditions and dry track to pile on the laps, recording an excellent time in the process. I think it's fair to say the team now feels a renewed sense of optimism ahead of the last three Formula One races of the season."