GETTING A GRIP IMOLA, ITALY, April 12, 2002. Despite the cold, wet weather predominating around the Circuit Enzo e Dino Ferrari, KL Minardi Asiatech today made a useful start to its preparations for this Sunday's Grand Prix of San Marino. In ...
GETTING A GRIP
IMOLA, ITALY, April 12, 2002. Despite the cold, wet weather predominating around the Circuit Enzo e Dino Ferrari, KL Minardi Asiatech today made a useful start to its preparations for this Sunday's Grand Prix of San Marino. In common with their rivals, drivers Mark Webber and Alex Yoong spent the two one-hour sessions wrestling with their cars around the slippery, rain-soaked 4.933-km circuit near Bologna, eventually recording the 19th and 21st fastest times of the day. Webber, who debuted the Faenza squad's fourth PS02 chassis at Imola, and Yoong spent their time working on the handling balance and honing the software control systems of their cars. Both reported good progress, putting the team in a strong position for tomorrow's qualifying session.
"We had a technical problem that cost us running time in the first session - we only managed four laps - but then we had a productive second session, when we worked on early-phase traction control as well as a number of other issues. The guys did a good job and we made steady progress despite the cold weather and the characteristics of the asphalt here at Imola, which cause the track to take forever to start drying out. It was difficult to find any grip as a result, but then the conditions were the same for everyone. All in all, it wasn't a bad day."
"We collected some useful data today. It is also the first time we have been able to do a direct comparison of wet and intermediate specification tyres. The track surface was slightly drier in the second session than in the first, but we didn't do a new tyre run. We were really just concentrating on getting some good data to help us in qualifying and the race."
PAUL STODDART, Team Principal
"We were very impressed by the performance of both drivers today. It was unfortunate that Mark lost time in the first session this morning with a mechanical problem. If not for that, he would undoubtedly have finished the day well up in the running order. Alex made good and steady progress throughout the day. As with a number of the teams, we chose to put each driver out for a run on intermediate tyres close to the end of the session, and although there was no improvement in lap time, it was still a useful exercise. Today was all about getting set up for qualifying, and overall, the team put in a good day's work and made solid progress."
THE ASIATECH VIEW
"The start of the European Formula One season has gone quite well for Asiatech. In very tricky conditions on a wet track, both drivers managed to complete the technical programmes set by their engineers. Alex Yoong had a trouble-free practice, while Mark Webber's day was slightly perturbed by a technical problem, the Australian making up for lost time, though, in the second half of the session."
PS02/03 - Alex Yoong (No 22)
PS02/04 - Mark Webber(No 23)
PS02/01 - spare